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We’re heading South — in style!

21 September 2009

This year’s Ubud Writers & Readers Festival has yet another new twist: For the first time ever, we’re heading South from Ubud for a trio of special events.

The drum roll opens with a glam event at Sarong, the hippest restaurant on the island, with a night that will dazzle Seminyak. “Slum it at Sarong” features Vikas Swarup, of Q&A and Slumdog Millionaire fame, in conversation with the charismatic Asitha Amereskere, Sri Lankan film-maker and author. Appearing alongside Vikas is the wickedly funny and unashamedly outrageous Dany Laferriere, author of the stories behind the movie Heading South, who will share his x-rated views on island life, love and lust; writer, word-poet and prankster Tom Cho will present his sharp-witted skits and Jeet Thayil, Indian guitar-strumming performance-poet who will sing gritty tunes brimming with punchy prose. The talented Will Meyrick, Sarongs dishy chef, is flicking through his recipes as we speak to present you with a menu of culinary genius. So be prepared for one of the island’s coolest events that takes the S out of Sarong and slots it seductively into Seminyak: celebrating the spoken-word with style.

Writers Rock Hard at the Hard Rock Café, Kuta, brings together three unconventional and wildly entertaining talents. Enter Sam Cutler former road manager of the Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead, Jerinx, the drummer of acclaimed Balinese punk rock band Superman is Dead and Degung Santikarma, irreverent anthropologist, activist and former editor of Latitudes magazine. Rocking hard is an understatement when these three electric forces appear on stage, so be prepared for a night that offers more “satisfaction” than you could ever wish for.

Biku, elegant newcomer to the Seminyak scene, will be turning on its gracious old-world charm to host Lloyd Jones, award-winning New Zealand author, with high tea and a discussion of his novel Mr. Pip. For those of you who think  New Zealand only produces great wine, think again.  Set in Bougainville in the South Pacific, Mr Pip tells the extraordinary tale of a child’s imagination, the power of storytelling and the tragedy of civil war. Biku will serve lashings of home-baked cakes and the finest teas on the island in an intimate gathering with one of New Zealand’s most accomplished authors.

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