Category Archives: UBUD Readers and Writers Festival

An ending and new beginnings


Yesterday I completed my final assignment/presentation for my undergrad. It feels surreal I was  lucky that I had some peers who have become friends there to support me, what a lovely surprise.  I double checked my printed work last night and found four typos, I read and re-read my work I put it away for a week  and rechecked and still there are mistakes. I had someone else proofread it and still the errors were not identified.

Oh well, a big deep breath and forget it now it is done and I can’t change it.  My excuse is they were my speaker’s notes and were only a guideline.  Moving on.

I have lived my dream and I can tick that big item of my bucket list. I am so looking forward to graduation in April 2017. In the meantime, there is my  Master of Creative Writing Bring It On.

The world is a funny place and synchronicity is plays a hand in the way your cards are dealt.  What a week this has been. Our anthology has gone to press and the printer is thrilled with the layout and the way our DTP Lynn, has compiled the work,  He has said it will cut the printing time in half  and we will soon have our book in our hands.  Nine months in the making. I am praying there are not too many typos.

We have sent off for the Ancestor DNA test kits…. an early Christmas and birthday present. Will be so excited to see the results it will be interesting to see if there is any  indication of South East Asian or Oceanic markers. May help break down a brick wall in research.

And now to the exciting part … 2016 is on schedule to go out with a much better focus than was experienced at the beginning of the year .



The inaugural 2016 Sunshine Coast International Readers Writers Festival


‘The inaugural 2016 Sunshine Coast International Readers Writers Festival celebrates our Sunshine Coast region’s rich Aboriginal heritage and our acclaimed surfing culture layered over our rich literary (and musical) talent. The festival will bring together Australian and international writers (including journalists, photographers, poets, performers, and musicians) on a world stage – creating a space for conversation and connection across cultural and geographic divides.’

I love it not when technology won’t comply.   So 2nd post.  It is through the generosity of the Sunshine Coast Readers and Writers International Festival – the inaugural event to be held this year, that I am going to the Festival in Ubud.  The Sunshine Coast Regional Arts and Development Fund  has also made this possible

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Sunshine Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

RADF funds are aimed at the development of emerging and professional artists and creative arts workers.

The RADF program is open year-round. You must contact the RADF Liaison Officer to apply. Contact council’s grants team on (07) 5420 8616 and ask for the RADF Liaison Officer. The RADF program is subject to annual budget allocations.Slide6





This will evolve into a pictorial diary of my journey and experiences of the Ubud Writers and Readers  Festival 2016.

I have been extremely fortunate to be the recipient of one of four Bursaries offered  to attend and present at the Festival.  Am I excited?  That would be an understatement!

I am very grateful to the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, The Sunshine Coast Sunshine Coast International Readers Writers Festival, the University of the Sunshine Coast and the Regional Arts Development  Fund Sunshine Coast  for this wonderful  opportunity.  Council.

‘Held annually in Ubud, Bali’s artistic and cultural heartland, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival has become Southeast Asia’s largest and most renowned cultural and literary event.

The mission of Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is to create a world class festival that celebrates extraordinary stories and amplifies brave voices; tackles global issues and big ideas.

We are proud of our continuing success in bringing Indonesian and international writers together on a world stage and creating a space for conversation and connection across cultural divides.

The 13th UWRF will be held 26 – 30 October, 2016,  celebrating the theme Tvat Tvam Asi or ‘I am you, you are me’. This powerful ideology is crucial to the collective identity of Indonesia – uniting people from incredibly diverse religious, ethnic, cultural and historical backgrounds to share common respect and understanding.

The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is the major annual project of the not-for-profit foundation, the Yayasan Mudra Swari Saraswati. It was first conceived of by Janet DeNeefe, co-founder of the Foundation, as a healing project in response to the first Bali bombing.’