Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2014

We have had a wonderful time attending sessions and special events at the festival. There is so much happening in addition to the writers talks, music, art exhibitions, book launches, poetry slams, traditional craft workshops, film evenings it just goes on and on and is quite overwhelming. I'm pretty tired by the evenings.

There were a number of very interesting panel discussions, this one above about "Wide Awake Language" with Sjon, Bunyamin Fasya, Eleanor Limprecht and Eimear McBride was probably my favourite, although the final session I attended with Michael Cathcart interviewing Amitav Ghosh was also wonderful. I was really looking forward to the sibling panel discussion yesterday but sadly there wasn't much discussion of sibling relationships. Still a thrill to hear Eimear McBride, Akhil Sharma and Cyrus Mistry read from their books. Akhil Sharma "We are spiritual beings having a human experience". He also talked about not knowing how much we love the ones around us until they are gone.

We went to a special event lunch with Robyn Davidson, she has had a full and challenging life.

Also to the Travellers Lunch with Tim Cope, Tim Flannery and Colin Thubron. Great stories from them all.

Panel discussion on Motherhood but the discussion that the four of us had over lunch was more interesting I think.

There has been enough time for relaxing

Looking at the views


Wandering about

and shopping

Today is the last full day at the wonderful Alam Jiwa

What a wonderful treat.

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