A big thanks first to artist Ronald Wigman and his wife Egi who supported the Ubud Readers and Writers festival by offering accomodation to a couple of invitees ... in this case the lucky Dina and myself. Their beautiful home is Villa Tugu Pejeng, about fifteen minutes from Ubud on the way to Tapak Siring and if you want to take a stroll around it yourselves, click here.
The villa would be the perfect place for a writer's retreat! It has five guest rooms and a beautiful terrace overlooking the swimming pool, with a view out over the padi fields: a vista which changes from season to season with the rhythms of the crop.
I stayed in the Japanese-styled Timur guestroom while Dina had Selatan. It was a pity that we couldn't spend more time just soaking up the peace of the place (though the chicken-duck-geese-doggie dawn chorus is hard to sleep through!). The festival days were long and we left the villa early in the morning and didn't get back until night.
Ronald has embarked on a video project - filming writers as they work. I sat for an hour and wrote a story for him yesterday, with the camera pointing down on me. I was happy that I'd got a first draft I can work with, and Ronald seemed pleased with the footage. I don't usually like to see myself on film, but found watching my pages being filled quite compelling!
So if you are a writer and find yourself in Bali any time soon, Ronald would love to offer you the use of a table while he immortalises your scribbling habits on film!