Friday 19 September 2014

DSC Prize Partners With Ubud Writers & Readers Festival

The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature is teaming up with the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) to bring each year's winner to Bali.  

This year the Festival, running from October 1 – 5, will welcome Indian novelist Cyrus Mistry, winner of the 2014 DSC Prize for Chronicle of a Corpse Bearer.  Mistry will take part in three sessions: Siblings will explore the love, hate, ploys, plots and peer pressure that fuel sibling rivalry; Gandhi revisited will discuss the great man’s teachings on ahimsa; Caste vs.Class will unpick the implications and intricacies of both the traditional caste system and also the evolving class system in contemporary Indian society.  

Manhad Narula one of the founder members of the DSC Prize said: “We see a lot of positive synergy in this partnership. The DSC Prize is committed to encouraging conversations on South Asian writing. I feel this new partnership with Ubud Writers & Readers Festival will benefit both parties and will lead to sessions of immense interest to the literary enthusiasts who attend the Festival.”

Janet DeNeefe, UWRF Founder & Director, said: “I am very proud of our new partnership with the DSC Prize. I am a big fan of collaborations and believe that linking with our neighbors is an important step in reaffirming our identity as a significant Asian event and serious player in the global literary arena; and in highlighting the significance of South Asian literature at the Festival."

The US $50,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature is the most prestigious international literary award specifically focused on South Asian writing. It celebrates the rich and varied literature of the South Asian region and showcases and rewards local authors. It aims to bring South Asian writing to a global audience, and all previous winners have achieved international publication.

Held annually in Ubud, Bali's artistic and cultural capital, the UWRF is Southeast Asia's largest and most renowned literary event. It celebrates extraordinary stories and brave voices; it tackles global issues and big ideas. This year, the Festival will honour Saraswati, the Balinese Hindu goddess of learning, with the theme Wisdom & Knowledge.