19 September 2011
Jeni Caffin, the Artistic Director of the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, will speak about the program this year.Jeni arrived in Bali three weeks ago wearing a “hat” labeled media co-ordinator for the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival. Now the festival’s creative producer as well, Jeni laughs when she says: “I am water – wherever there is a gap, I flow into it.” Former director of the Byron Bay Writers Festival from 2007 to 2010, Jeni is now lending her expertise and knowledge to the 8th Ubud Writers and Readers Festival to be held from October 5 to 9.
Her participation in Ubud is being sponsored by the Byron Bay Writers Festival committee. Part of Jeni’s mission is to build a bridge so that Indonesian writers can play a part in the Byron Bay festival, and Australian writers, particularly those in the Northern Rivers, can take the stage in Ubud.
Speaking from Ubud recently, Jeni said, “I believe it is essential to share contemporary Asia/Pacific writers with our audiences and also for Indonesian readers and writers to discover what is being said and thought in our part of the world.”