Ahmad is an Indonesian writer, novelist, journalist and social entrepreneur. His debut novel Negeri 5 Menara (The Land of 5 Towers) broke the publisher’s sales record (Gramedia Pustaka Utama) for the last 37 years. Negeri 5 Menara is the first part of the Negeri 5 Menara trilogy,
Antoine is a Maltese poet whose iconic work, Passport, is embraced by so many on his international tours. He is the founder of the Facebook page Spread Poetry, Not Fear launched in reaction to the 2015 Paris bombings; a translator, cultural organiser and a creative activist for migrants’ rights and universal freedom of movement.
The inspirational Tah Riq was born in Amman, Jordan and now lives in Bali where he runs his SuperHero Factory - a fun indoor gym (parkour) concept for learning how to overcome mental obstacles. Tah Riq started writing poetry at eight, won a national writing competition, mastered the flamenco guitar as a teenager and won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London. He is a TEDx speaker and in 2014 won the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival’s Poetry Slam championship.
Janet DeNeefe: Janet is the Founder and Director of the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival and an award-winning author. Janet earned a degree in Arts and Crafts at Burwood State College in Melbourne, before travelling to Bali in 1984 where she established her home, married and raised a family. Her award-winning books are: Bali: The Food of My Island Home which was nominated for Best Asian Cuisine Book of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for “Best in the World” 2012;