Curatorial Board of the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival has now completed the selection process for the invited Indonesian writers, according to a newsletter I received this morning. The Board, comprising noted writers Melani Budianta (Jakarta), Azhari (Aceh), Mashuri (East Java), Lily Yulianti Farid (South Sulawesi) and Tan Lioe Ie (Bali), have selected 15 young Indonesian writers to be featured in the 2009 Festival. (The full list of Indonesian writers will be announced soon on the Festival’s website).
This year’s Ubud Writers & Readers Festival theme is Suka-Duka: Compassion & Solidarity:
Suka Duka is an ancient communal wisdom that for centuries has been one of the main pillars of Bali’s traditional institutions and communities. The principle has guided the members of the traditional institutions, such as banjar (neighbourhood organisations) and desa pakraman (customary villages), to act as one single entity in dealing with life’s hardships and blessings. The suffering of one member will be shouldered by all, while the joy of one will be shared by the other.
According to the organizer, one of leading international writers who will attend this year’s festival is Nigerian poet, novelist, essayist and playwright, Wole Soyinka. A Nobel Prize Laureate in literature, Soyinka is considered among contemporary Africa’s greatest writers.
The festival itself is named ‘one of the six best literary festivals in the world!’ by Harper’s Bazaar UK.