Writers Festivals in Asia-Pacific 2019/2020

A roundup of writers’ festivals in the Asia-Pacific region (updated 25 Aug). Criteria: proceedings in English and location in Asia-Pacific region, including west coasts of the Americas and north & east coasts of Australia. Does not include comic, anime, zine or poetry festivals, nor book fairs. Where there are no details to hand for a festival, it is tentatively listed under the month it is usually held in.


Byron Bay Writers Festival, 2 – 4 Aug, east coast of Australia. Watch: https://byronwritersfestival.com

Mountain Echoes Literary Festival, 22 – 25 Aug, Thimphu, Bhutan. Watch http://www.mountainechoes.org


Brisbane Writers Festival, 5 – 8 Sep, Queensland, Australia. Line-up includes Thea Astley, David Malouf, Joanne Ramos & Jasper Fforde. Tickets available now. Watch https://bwf.org.au.

Kimberley Writers Festival, 6 – 8 Sep, Kununurra, far north of Australia. Line-up includes Steve Hawke & Tiffany Tsao. Watch https://kwf.writingwa.org

Pebble Beach Authors & Ideas Festival, 27 – 29 Sep, Carmel, California. Line-up to be announced 1 September. Watch http://www.carmelauthors.com/


Litquake Festival, 10-19 Oct, San Francisco, USA. 20th anniversary festival. Submissions now open. Initial line-up out now. Tickets available 9 Sept. Watch www.litquake.org

Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival, 21 – 27 Oct, Canada. Ticket sales begin 16 September. Program out now. Huge line-up. Watch http://www.writersfest.bc.ca

Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, 23 – 27 Oct, Bali, Indonesia. Theme: Karma.  Program out now. A truly international line-up includes Irvine Walsh (‘Trainspotters’), memorist Lindsay Wong, journo Leila Chudori and author, Eliza Vitri Handayani. Watch http://www.ubudwritersfestival.com


Kauai Writers Conference, 8 – 10 Nov, Hawaii. Some workshops are filling up. Preliminary list of authors, agents & publishers now out. Line-up includes Tea Obreht (The Tiger’s Wife). Check out the festival promo vid here: https://vimeo.com/326462859?mc_cid=a8ac4c1290&mc_eid=76398c96c9 Watch http://www.kauaiwritersconference.com

Bangalore Literature Festival, 9 – 10 Nov, Bengaluru, India. No further details to hand. Watch http://bangaloreliteraturefestival.org

Irrawaddy Literary Festival, 9 – 11 Nov, Mandalay, Myanmar. Line-up includes Xu Xi, Murzban Shroff & Jung Chang (‘Wild Swans’). Watch www.irrawaddylitfest.com

George Town Literary Festival, 21 – 24 November, Penang, Malaysia. Watch http://www.facebook.com/georgetownlitfest (Webpage http://www.georgetownlitfest.com does not seem to be functioning).

Wollongong Writers Festival, 23 – 25 Nov, east coast of Australia. Program due 11 October. Theme: “All lit up”. Watch https://wollongongwritersfestival.com

Hong Kong International Literary Festival, 1 – 10 Nov. Line-up includes Markus Zusak (The Book Thief), Dana Thomas (Deluxe) & Matthew Polly (American Shaolin). Watch http://www.facebook.com/HKILF

DECEMBER 2019: nuthin!


Fairway Galle Literary Festival, 16 – 29 Jan, Galle, Sri Lanka. Line-up includes Romesh Gunesekera, Madeleine Thien, David Hare & Fatima Bhutto. Program out now. Watch https://galleliteraryfestival.com

ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, 23 – 27 Jan, Diggi Palace, Rajasthani, India. Program ‘coming soon’. You can register now. Watch http://jaipurliteraturefestival.org/

There are many other writers’ festivals throughout South Asia – see http://www.sangamhouse.org/literature-festivals-in-south-asia


San Francisco Writers Conference. Celebrating “Craft, Commerce & Community”. Line-up includes Walter Mosley, Jonathan Maberry and Brooke Warner. Registrations now open. Watch http://sfwriters.org

Lahore Literary Festival, 22 – 24 Feb, Alhamra Arts Center, Pakistan. Program out now. Watch http://www.lahorelitfest.com

MARCH 2020

The Bookworm Literary Festival, 15 – 31 Mar, Beijing, China. Program out now. Tickets available. Watch http://bookwormfestival.com

Shanghai International Literary Festival, China. No details to hand. Watch http://m-restaurantgroup.com/m-on-the-bund/community/

New Zealand Festival Writers & Readers Week, Wellington. Program to be announced in November. Watch http://www.festival.co.nz.

APRIL 2020

Newcastle Writers Festival, 4 – April, east coast of Australia. Submissions now closed. Watch www.newcastlewritersfestival.org.au

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, 18 – 19 April, USC campus, USA. No other details to hand. https://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks. Also watch Facebook (but nothing posted since 2018).

Sydney Writers Festival, 27 April – 3 May, east coast of Australia. Program to be announced in March. Watch http://www.swf.org.au.

MAY 2020

Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival, New Zealand. No details to hand. Watch http://www.dunedinwritersfestival.co.nz

Auckland Writers & Readers Festival, 12 – 17 May, New Zealand. No other details to hand. Watch http://www.writersfestival.co.nz.

NT Writers Festival, Darwin, Australia. No other details to hand.

JUNE / JULY 2019: Apparently bibliophiles hibernate during this time.


3 responses to “Writers Festivals in Asia-Pacific 2019/2020

  1. Hi there! The George Town Literary Festival will return from 21-24 November 2019.

  2. Thanks for letting me know.

  3. That is, 2020 is in Darwin:)

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