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Dinner, Wine and Crime

with Ian Rankin and Jock Serong
A special event of Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2017

Saturday, 28 October 2017

18:30 – 21:30

IDR1,200K per person, including three course menu and paired wines

For one evening only, bridges’ romantic ambiance becomes the setting to talk about one of the most intriguing themes in literature, crime. Two famous crime writers, Ian Rankin (UK) and Jock Serong (AUS) will discuss with the moderator about all things crime and answer your questions – which we are sure you will have many!

Ian Rankin is the bestselling author of the Inspector Rebus and Detective Malcom Fox novels, this year marking the 30th anniversary of the first Rebus. Rankin’s real-time writing approach invites readers to dig deeper into the character’s personality and the social issues in his hometown Edinburgh. He has received OBE for services to literature and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh as well as of the Royal Society of Literature. Australian Jock Serong on the other hand shows a different perspective by incorporating various settings and fields to the crime scene. He won the 2015 Crime Writing Association of Australia Ned Kelly Award for best first novel and his work has been shortlisted for the Victorian Premier Award.

A most interesting encounter of two greats of the crime scene is served to you, along with a delicious three course menu and paired wines. If you like crime novels, good food and nice wines, you will not want to miss this! Reserve early, places are limited.

This special event is organized in collaboration with the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival. Click here for more information about how to book your ticket for this special event. Or, buy your ticket directly at bridges.




Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature.

After university and before his success with his Rebus novels, Ian had a number of jobs including working as a grape-picker, a swineherd, a journalist for a hi-fi magazine, and a taxman. Following his marriage in 1986, he lived briefly in London where he worked at the National Folktale Centre, followed by a short time living in France, before returning to Edinburgh.

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Jock Serong’s debut novel Quota won the 2015 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Novel. In 2016, The Rules of Backyard Cricket was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. On the Java Ridge is his third novel. Jock teaches law and writes feature articles in the surfing media and for publications such as The Guardian and Slow Living. He lives with his wife and four children in Port Fairy, Victoria.

More about how Jock Serong became a writer in this interesting article in the Standard.