Monthly Archives: January 2016

Writers Festivals in Asia-Pacific 2020/21

Criteria for inclusion: Proceedings in English and location in Asia-Pacific region, including Australia and west coasts of the Americas. Does not include book fairs, zine festivals or single-genre events.

Where there are no details to hand for a festival, it is tentatively listed under the month it was last held in. Sadly, the future of face-yo-face festivals hangs in the balance. Current entries as at 27 Sept 2020.

OCTOBER 2020

NT Writers Festival, 1 – 4 Oct, Darwin, Australia. Program out now. Tickets available. Watch http://www.ntwriters.com.au

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, 3 – 4 Oct, USC campus, USA. COVID permitting. Watch https://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks.

Dunedin Writers Festival, New Zealand: postponed to 6 – 9 May 2021. Watch https://www.facebook.com/dunedinwritersfest

Litquake Festival, 8 – 24 Oct, San Francisco, USA. A series of online events. 150 authors, including Amy Tan. Watch www.litquake.org

Singapore Writers Festival, 30 Oct – 8 Nov, digital. ‘SWF 2020 Fresh Off the Press’ will take the place of book launches. Tickets available now. Watch https://www.singaporewritersfestival.com

Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Bali: cancelled due to COVID. Watch http://www.ubudwritersfestival.com

NOVEMBER  2020

Hong Kong International Literary Festival, 5 – 15 Nov. A mix of live and online events. Watch http://www.facebook.com/HKILF

Kauai Writers Conference, Hawaii. Postponed to 12-14 Nov, 2021, but there are free interactive Zoom talks and workshops available to all registrants for 2021. Watch http://www.kauaiwritersconference.com

Bangalore Literature Festival, Bengaluru, India. No details to hand for 2020. Watch https://www.facebook.com/blrlitfest

George Town Literary Festival, 26 – 29 Nov, Penang, Malaysia. Still on. Watch http://www.facebook.com/georgetownlitfest or http://www.georgetownlitfest.com.

Wollongong Writers Festival, 28 – 29 Nov, east coast of Australia. Online only. Program out 29 Oct. Watch https://wollongongwritersfestival.com

DECEMBER 2020: Nuthin!

JANUARY 2021

Fairway Galle Literary Festival, Galle, Sri Lanka. It’s on in 2021, but no other details to hand. Watch http://www.facebook.com/Gallelitfest

FEBRUARY 2021

San Francisco Writers Conference, USA. Being “rethought” due to COVID, but probably going virtual. Watch http://sfwriters.org

Perth Festival Writers Week, Western Australia.  No details yet. See http://www.perthfestival.com.au

New Zealand Festival Writers & Readers Week, Wellington. No details yet. Watch http://www.festival.co.nz

Lahore Literary Festival, Alhamra Arts Center, Pakistan. No details yet. Watch http://www.lahorelitfest.com

Adelaide Festival Writers Week, 27 Feb – 4 Mar, Australia. No other details yet. Watch http://www.adelaidefestival.com.au

Shanghai International Literary Festival, China. Gone from the face of the earth?

MARCH 2021

The Bookworm Literary Festival, Beijing, China. No details yet. Watch http://bookwormfestival.com

Hong Kong Young Reader’s Festival. No details yet. Watch http://www.facebook.com/HKILF

APRIL 2021

Newcastle Writers Festival, Australia. No details yet. Watch www.newcastlewritersfestival.org.au

L.A. Times Festival of Books, USC campus, USA. No details yet. Watch https://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks.

Sydney Writers Festival, Australia. No details yet. Watch http://www.swf.org.au.

MAY 2021

Dunedin Writers Festival, New Zealand, 6 – 9 May 2021. No other details yet. Watch https://www.facebook.com/dunedinwritersfest

Brisbane Writers Festival, Queensland, Australia, 7 – 9 May. Watch https://bwf.org.au.

Auckland Writers & Readers Festival, New Zealand, 11 – 16 May. No other details yet. Watch http://www.writersfestival.co.nz.

NT Writers Festival, Darwin, Australia. No details yet. Watch http://www.ntwriters.com.au

Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival, southwest Australia. No details yet. Watch https://mrrwfestival.com/

JUNE / JULY 2021: Apparently bibliophiles hibernate during this time.

AUGUST 2021

Cairns Tropical Writers Festival, Australia. 13-15 August. Watch http://www.cairnstropicalwritersfestival.com/

Byron Writers Festival, east coast of Australia. 6 – 8 Aug. Watch: https://byronwritersfestival.com

Melbourne Writers Festival, south-east coast of Australia: No details yet. Watch mwf.com.au/mwf-digital

Mountain Echoes Literary Festival, Thimphu, Bhutan. Their website http://www.mountainechoes.org is stuck on 2019.

SEPTEMBER 2021

Brisbane Writers Festival, Queensland, Australia. No details yet. Watch https://bwf.org.au.

Kimberley Writers Festival. No details yet. Watch https://kwf.writingwa.org (stuck on 2019).

Pebble Beach Authors & Ideas Festival, Carmel, California. No details yet. Watch http://www.carmelauthors.com/

Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival, 19 – 25 Sep, Canada. A series of online events. Watch https://writersfest.bc.ca/an-update-on-covid-19

OCTOBER 2021

NT Writers Festival, Darwin, Australia. No details yet. Watch http://www.ntwriters.com.au

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, USC campus, USA. No details yet. Watch https://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks.

Dunedin Writers Festival, New Zealand. No details yet. Watch http://www.dunedinwritersfestival.co.nz 

Litquake Festival, San Francisco, USA. No details yet. Watch www.litquake.org

Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Bali, Indonesia. No details yet. Watch http://www.ubudwritersfestival.com

Singapore Writers Festival. No details yet. Watch http://www.singaporewritersfestival.com

NOVEMBER  2021

Hong Kong International Literary Festival. No details yet. Watch http://www.facebook.com/HKILF

Kauai Writers Conference, Hawaii. 12-14 Nov. Master classes 8-11 Nov. Watch http://www.kauaiwritersconference.com

Bangalore Literature Festival, Bengaluru, India. No details yet. Watch http://bangaloreliteraturefestival.org

Irrawaddy Literary Festival, Mandalay, Myanmar. Defunct? Website www.irrawaddylitfest.com is stuck on 2019.

George Town Literary Festival, Penang, Malaysia. No details yet. Watch http://www.facebook.com/georgetownlitfest or http://www.georgetownlitfest.com.

Wollongong Writers Festival, east coast of Australia. No details yet. Watch https://wollongongwritersfestival.com

For other Australian literary events, see https://jasonnahrung.com/2020-australian-literary-festival-calendar/

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