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Islands of Imagination

Friday, 30 October, 18:30

Islands in space, islands in time, people as islands. The concept of islands has captivated countless writers and artists. During this special event you get to hear from an impressive lineup of writers: Gill Westaway, Su Dharmapala, Finegan Kruckemeyer, Joseph Woods, Antoine Cassar and Okky Madasari. Just sit back, enjoy the delicious three course dinner and the paired wines and embark on a journey through their islands of imagination.

This 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 journey.

Price: IDR 1,100,000 per person, including three course menu and paired wines.




Nationality: British

Gill lives in Indonesia on Lombok running a small guesthouse. In her former incarnation working for the British Council, she collaborated closely with writers and artists, managing and chairing literary events.



Nationality: Australian

Su Dharmapala is a Singaporean-Australian writer of Sri Lankan descent known for works like The Wedding Season and Saree’. A writer of cross-cultural women’s literature, Su’s work explores the lives of South Asian women living in the west and the quest for self-actualisation.



Nationality: Australian

Finegan has had 75 commissioned plays performed on five continents and in five languages, receiving at least one award each year for the past nine (including the inaugural Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship), and with many studied at several international universities. He has spoken at conferences in nine countries, with essays published.



Nationality: Irish

Joseph Woods is an Irish poet, writer and editor based in Rangoon, Burma. He’s published three award-winning collections of poetry. A former director of Poetry Ireland, he’s edited numerous books, including Our Shared Japan, an anthology of poetry concerning Japan.
Supported by Culture Ireland



Nationality: Maltese

Antoine Cassar is a Maltese poet, translator, editor, cultural organiser, and activist for migrants’ rights and universal freedom of movement. ‘Passaport’, a long poem published in 11 languages, has been adapted for the stage in Malta, France and Italy.



Nationality: Indonesian

Founder of the ASEAN Literary Festival, Okky’s 2012 novel Maryam revolved around people who are displaced due to their beliefs, while her 2010 work Entrok told the story of military dominance during Indonesia’s New World Era. Pasung Jiwa and 86 also grappled with freedom and corruption, all receiving English translations.