A seriously playful writing retreat

Writing Retreat Bali

15 – 22 October 2019

Bali Swasti Conscious Village, Ubud


The Complaints Book will be there and so should you. Search your soul for meaning, create characters for screen, sell a news story, understand narrative position, craft poetry and build a copywriting portfolio.

Perfectly timed, just before the Ubud Writers’ Festival.

7 nights. 6 Writers.

A New York Times Journalist, a Copywriter for global brands, a Glastonbury Poetry Slam Winner, an AFI Nominated Screenwriter and two celebrated Novelists will play Pied Piper to 7 nights and 6 glorious days in the beautiful nature of Ubud.

Visit www.writingretreatbali.com for the full scoop.

All The Dead Cowards

A poem

Forget courage.

Forget the knotted stomach that sickens. 

Forget the struggle for steadying breath, 

For the flickering glimpse of consciousness coming.

Clarity, where foldings become unfoldings and fear subsides to simplest truth.

Forget all that is possible if you’d 









Forget risk,
bury the dice.

No more chance
no problems

no growth.

And the world gets smaller.

Excruciatingly, painlessly, ambling 

from coward’s death to coward’s death and to a coward’s grave.

A death you choose 




Read more poems by Peter Boydell

With love

Entries to The Bread and Roses Poetry Competition

Through the Grime Smiles

Drive your own road

Ninety-five percent of the books left by travellers on the foisty shelves of warungs in Ubud fall into these categories:


yoga and meditation


books about Bali and Lonely Planets

Russian stuff (Spy shit? Who knows? Could be anything, frankly)

So, ‘Gridlock’ by Ben Elton, a 90’s comedy about a paraplegic embroiled in the corrupt motor industry, stood out like a set of fluffy dice in a Rover 800. Continue reading