Tri Hita Karana is the theme of the Fifth International Ubud Writers & Readers Festival. Tri Hita Karana is a Balinese Hindu concept that translates as our relationship between God, Humanity and Nature. Invited international guests include acclaimed Indian author Vikram Seth, US novelist John Berendt, Camilla Gibb from Canada, Mexican author Alberto Ruy-Sanchez, Australians Alexis Wright and Father Frank Brennan, 2007 Man Booker Prize short-listed writer Indra Sinha, Chinese writer Geling Yan and food ecologist, Helena Norberg-Hodge.
Collision of Cultures will be one of the underlying themes of the 2008 Festival with established and emerging writers confronting the issues of ‘Us and Them.' Discussions on the environment, world religions, languages and lifestyles will be delved into together with the subject of migration and its impact on communities. Hot debates addressing crime and punishment in Asia, and more specifically drugs, civil rights and moral dilemmas, will also take centre-stage.
It will be a dialogue like no other at Ubud, which lies on the fertile crossroads of two rivers, two oceans and two continents - Asia and Australia. In the 1930s, it was the exotic retreat of the rich and famous and has now re-invented itself as an international meeting place for writers, poets and artists from all parts of the world. It has become the stage where voices from China, India, South Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Malaysia and more are heard. In 2008, we will strengthen this partnership and engage writers from beyond the region into the heart of Africa and Central America.
Ubud Writers & Readers Festival
Festival Founder & Director
October 14 - 19 2008
'one of the top six writer's festivals in the world' Harper's Bazaar, UK