Diana Darling is an American artist and writer who has lived in Bali since 1980. She is the author of The Painted Alphabet, a novel based on a Balinese tale, and has contributed to numerous books and periodicals on Balinese and Indonesian culture. She is married to A. A. Alit Ardi of Ubud. A practising artist in her own right, she was Graham Byfield’s guide to Bali’s highly refined aesthetic, complex society and its wealth of historical sites.