Zoe, a sometime artist, is from California. Martin, an engineer, is from Yorkshire. Both have ended up in picturesque Cluny, in central France. Both are struggling to come to terms with their recent past and looking to make a new start.
The Camino changes you. It’s a chance to find a new version of yourself. But in the footsteps of pilgrims who have walked the Camino for centuries, can these two very different people find each other?
Two Steps Forward is a novel about renewal—physical, psychological and spiritual. It’s about the challenge of walking a long distance and of working out where you are going. And it’s about what you decide to keep, what you choose to leave behind and what you rediscover on the way.
Join Sophie Cunningham at the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival for her workshop ‘The Plot Thickens’.
In this workshop Sophie will unravel a range of pertinent plot-related questions: What are the different types of plot? How can you maintain intensity and momentum with varied pacing? How can plot and structure support each other? You’ll be plotting your next move in no time.
Join Kate Holden at the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival with Veronica Stigger, Abdul Aziz Rasjid and Steph Harmon for ‘A Critical Eye’.
The best criticism can be a compass to guide us through rugged cultural terrain, deepening our understanding of books, films, art and more. What does it take to become an effective critic? And how does one write criticism while producing one’s own art? Cast your eye across a range of artforms with these writers and hear how engaging with the works of others has enriched their own creativity.
Join Sophie Cunningham at the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival with Simon Armitage, Sergio Chejfec and Paula Constant for ‘The Walking Cube’.
“The walking of which I speak has nothing in it akin to taking exercise […] but is itself the enterprise and adventure of the day,” wrote Henry David Thoreau. Fall into step with three walkers and writers to examine the cogitation and creativity that come from a good constitutional.
Intimate, personal, and revelatory: memoir and biography take us into the lives of real people. A pleasure for the reader, this raises questions for the writer: how much creative license can one take with true stories? And how hard is it to tell the whole truth about hard times? Join our panel to consider the risks and responsibilities that come with writing real life.
Join Kate Cole-Adams and Sophie Cunningham at the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival to discuss Kate’s book Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness.
Anaesthesia is a modern miracle. But how much do we really know about what happens to us on the operating table? Is pain still pain if we are not awake to feel it? Writer and journalist Kate Cole-Adams melds science and philosophy with personal experiences to explore the gift of oblivion and the mystery of unconsciousness.
Join Jock Serong at the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival with Muhammad Subhan, Lijia Zhang and Anna Weidenholzer for ‘Social Studies’.
The Financial Times recently declared novels as ‘the new textbooks of history’. Can the novel be an agent of social change? From interpersonal interactions to societal shifts, the power of fiction to help us imagine and try to understand the lives of others cannot be underestimated. These writers are using fiction to unflinchingly explore reality, both past and present.
Join Jock Serong at the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival with Jane Harper, Michael Williams and Ian Rankin for ‘Crime Fiction Club’.
Writers are readers first, and crime is one of the most well-thumbed genres on bookshelves the world over. We invite Ian Rankin, Jane Harper and Jock Serong to share the titles, writers and characters that turned them on to a life of crime, and reveal what keeps them stepping over the crime scene line.
After the close of the 14th Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, set sail with environmentalist and former Australian of the Year Tim Flannery and award-winning memoirist Kate Holden on a journey to the Komodo Islands like no other. Aboard the Plataran Felicia, spend an intimate 5 days and 4 nights charting through one of the world’s most pristine natural environments in the company of just eight guests.
Join Melanie Cheng at Paperback Bookshop for their Salon Series this November. The Salon Series brings together our community of writers and readers in a program of informal readings and discussions, right in the intimate setting of Paperback Bookshop.
Melanie Cheng is a writer and general practitioner. Of Chinese-Australian heritage, she was born in Adelaide, grew up in Hong Kong and now lives in Melbourne. In 2016 she won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. Australia Day is her first book.