Students in Years 9-12 attended this year’s five-day Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, held from 24-28 October.
It is the third year running that ACG School Jakarta has attended the event, an annual pilgrimage for lovers of literature and conversation, bringing together some of the world’s most powerful artists, authors, thinkers and performers.
Students were exposed to a raft of events, presentations and workshops, from Pecha Kucha – a presentation format in which artists present 20 images in 20 seconds that draws its name from the Japanese term for “chit chat”, to short films and exposes of creative writing.
Highlights included a writing workshop by children’s author Innosanto Nagara who treated students to the first public reading of his upcoming young adult’s novel; and a short film ‘The Epic’ whose Dutch director had taken inspiration from Othello and Ramayana.
Students also attended a lively workshop with graphic novelist, Rani Pramesti, who led them in movement and drama activities and demonstrated the process of creating a graphic novel.
The most eagerly anticipated event was the Poetry Slam, which saw 24 international and local poets perform on stage in front of a packed and raucous audience.
Students Daniel Dickinson and Isabel ten Have in Year 11 performed their pieces To All the Bros I’ve Loved Before and My Mind was a Serene Ocean that they had worked on as part of the poetry component of their English Literature IGCSE.
“Performing alongside professional poets and performers takes huge confidence and courage. Both students acquitted themselves admirably and were very popular with the crowd. It’s an outstanding achievement,” said Mark Graham, English and TOK Teacher at ACG School Jakarta.
“From an educational perspective, this is a fantastic opportunity for our students who are interested in English and Literacy to gain more experience and understanding,” explained principal Shawn Hutchinson.
“But experiences like this outside the classroom, particularly those involving travel, also teach students about self-responsibility, initiative and the many opportunities that life can present. Not to mention the interactions they had with countless inspiring artists and writers.”