Bringing one of the world’s best literary festivals to the Perth CBD


Since its foundation in 2004, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) has evolved into Indonesia’s leading platform for showcasing its writers, artists and diverse Indigenous cultures. Under the direction of Janet DeNeefe, UWRF has also grown into one of the world’s most celebrated literary events – an annual pilgrimage for lovers of literature and conversation.

Writing WA’s relationship with Janet DeNeefe and UWRF now spans more than a decade. During this period Writing WA has sponsored more than 30 WA writers and illustrators to travel to Bali to participate in this prestigious festival.

While we may not be able to travel to Bali at the moment Writing WA has joined hands with our friends at the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival to bring an authentic experience of the Festival to Perth. In an exclusive partnership between our two organisations, the inaugural Ubud Writers and Readers Festival Perth will be presented 8-10 October this year.

The launch of UWRF Perth 2021 follows last year’s smaller collaboration to present Kembali 20 Perth.

As with Kembali, UWRF Perth will be a hybrid event combining live events and presenters on the ground at The Rechabite Hall in Northbridge (Perth) and also in Bali, with online participation from interstate and international presenters. These events will also be live streamed and allow for interaction in real time with live audiences in both locations and with online audiences everywhere.

The full Ubud Writers & Readers Festival for 2021 will commence on 8 October with the launch of UWRF Perth. Following three days of UWRF Perth, Ubud Writers & Readers Festival will continue in Bali until 18 October.

UWRF Perth has been enabled with investment from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

Experience the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival here in the Perth CBD