Eliza Vitri Handayani with Nigerian-American author Teju Cole at the 2015 Ubud Writers & Readers Festival. Photo supplied.

After the cancellation of her Ubud Writers Festival book launch, Eliza Vitri Handayani devised a peaceful protest

After receiving news that her book launch at this year’s Ubud Writers & Readers Festival would be cancelled, author Eliza Vitri Handayani devised a creative peaceful protest that prompted discussions about working around censorship with the added bonus of helping her book sales.

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UWRF 15: ‘Beyond the panels, you can talk about anything’

For the 12th year, the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival delivered an astonishing and stimulating program that delighted attendees and artists from all over the world. The festival did face some controversy this year after local authorities threatened to revoke the event’s license should organisers insist on running panels and events related to the 1965 communist killings. As such, those events were cancelled, but festival goers still found spaces and opportunities to discuss the 1965 issue nonetheless as festival founder, Janet DeNeefe noted in her opening speech, ‘Beyond the panels, you can talk about anything’.

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