The Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF) has announced a partnership with the world’s leading literary award for South Asian writing, the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.
According to the UWRF organisers, the partnership will commence with Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2014, and will involve the commitment to bring each year’s winner to the Festival in Ubud, Bali. In 2014, the festival will host acclaimed author Cyrus Mistry who won the DSC Prize 2014.
Derived from a true story, Cyrus Mistry’s extraordinary DSC Prize-winning novel Chronicle of a Corpse Bearer is a moving account of tragic love affair involving the near invisible community of Parsi corpse bearers whose job it is to carry bodies of the deceased to the Towers of Silence.
Held annually in Ubud, Bali’s artistic and cultural heartland, Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is one of Southeast Asia’s largest and most exciting cultural and literary festival. This year the festival will be held from October 1-5, 2014.
The festival organisers have invited writers and publishers to launch new titles at Ubud.
According to a statement by the organisers of Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, John Pilger, Australian journalist and documentary maker based in London, has confirmed his participation as featured guest in the main Festival program.
Pilger has twice won Britain’s Journalist of the Year Award and his devastating and internationally renowned documentaries have polarised media and public opinion for decades. In 2009, he was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize in recognition of his courage as a foreign and war correspondent in enabling the voices of the powerless to be heard.