Writers Festivals in Asia-Pacific 2017-18

A brief roundup of writers festivals in the Asia-Pacific region, July 2017 to August 2018 (last updated 14 Oct). Criteria for inclusion: the proceedings must be mainly in English and the locale in the Asia-Pacific region – this includes the west coasts of the Americas, and the north and east coasts of Australia. Does not include comic, anime, zine or poetry festivals, nor book fairs.


Litquake, various dates, San Francisco, USA: a bunch of year-round events with an ‘epicenter’ happening 6-14 October. Focuses mainly on Bayside authors. Check out their calendar at www.litquake.org.

JULY 2017: Apparently book-lovers hibernate in during this month.


Byron Bay Writers Festival, 4-6 Aug, east coast of Australia.  www.byronbaywritersfestival.com.au

Corrugated Lines: A Festival of Words, 11-13 Aug, Broome, north-west coast of Australia. http://www.facebook.com/CorrugatedLines

Sunshine Coast Readers & Writers Festival, 12-13 Aug, Coolum Beach, east coast of Australia. Watch http://www.sunshinecoastreadersandwritersfestival.com

Mountain Echoes Literary Festival, 24-27 Aug, Thimphu, Bhutan. Watch http://www.mountainechoes.org


Brisbane Writers Festival, 6-10 Sept, Queensland, east coast of Australia. Program out now. Watch uplit.com.au/festival/brisbane-writers-festival-2017

Kimberley Writers Festival, 8-10 Sept, Kununurra, far north of Western Australia. Watch http://www.proximitywa.org/festivals/kununurra/

steinbeck-pebble-beach  John Steinbeck at Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach Authors & Ideas Festival, 22-24 Sept, Carmel, California. Watch http://www.carmelauthors.com/

National Young Writers’ Festival, 28 Sep – 1 Oct, Newcastle, east coast of Australia. “Young and innovative writers working in both new and traditional forms.” Program out now. Watch http://youngwritersfestival.org.


Litquake Festival, 6-14 Oct, San Francisco, USA. Focuses mainly on Bayside authors. Tickets available now; program out soon. Check out www.litquake.org

Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival, 16-22 Oct, Canada. “110+ authors, 95+ events”. Program out now. Hard to tell how international the line-up is. Watch http://www.writersfest.bc.ca


Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, 25-29 Oct, Bali, Indonesia. Theme: Origins. Line-up includes Indonesian authors Seno Gumira Ajidarma, Nh. Dini and Leila S. Chudori, award-winning novelist Madeleine Thien, crime writer Ian Rankin, ‘Wild Swans’ author Jung Chang, Simon Winchester, author of ‘Krakatua’, and South Korean wild child Han Yujoo, among many more. Program out now. Watch www.ubudwritersfestival.com

Bangalore Literature Festival, 28-29 October, Bengaluru, India. “Largest independent and community-funded literary conclave.” Usually includes performances by Indian musicians. Watch http://bangaloreliteraturefestival.org


Irrawaddy Literary Festival, 3-5 Nov, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). The convenors are “building a rich and varied program”. Line-up includes Alice Pung, Jung Chang, Madeleine Thien, Michael Vatikiotis. Watch www.irrawaddylitfest.com

Singapore Writers Festival, 3-12 Nov. Huge line-up of writers, mainly Singaporean but peppered with people from all over. Program out now. Watch www.singaporewritersfestival.com

Hong Kong International Literary Festival, 3-12 Nov. Line-up includes Amy Tan, Jung Chang, Ken Liu, Madeleine Thien, Hiromi Kawakami and Ian Rankin. Program out now. Watch http://www.festival.org.hk/

Wollongong Writers Festival, 24-26 Nov, east coast of Australia. Program out now. Line-up includes Philippines author Merlinda Bobis and Tim Cope, author of ‘On the Trail of Genghis Khan’. Watch www.wollongongwritersfestival.com

Asia Pacific Writers & Translators’ Conference, ??? Nov, China. No details yet – their site is still stuck on 2016. Watch LEAP+.

George Town Literary Festival, 24-26 Nov, Penang, Malaysia. Theme: “Monsters and (Im)mortals”. Program ‘under construction’. Watch http://www.georgetownlitfest.com/index.php

DECEMBER 2017: nuthin.


Jaipur Literature Festival, Diggi Palace, Rajasthani, India. “The largest free festival on earth.” No details yet. 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, Mark Hopkins Hotel, USA. No details yet. Watch http://sfwriters.org

Lahore Literary Festival, Pakistan, dates unconfirmed. “Explores the interface between literature and the arts.” Watch http://www.lahorelitfest.com/about-llf

MARCH 2018

Readers and Writers Down Under, Gold Coast, Australia. No details yet. Follow http://www.facebook.com/ReadersandWritersDownUnder

Shanghai International Literary Festival, China. No details yet. Watch Shanghai International Literary Festival

The Bookworm Literary Festival, Beijing, China. Maybe in March, maybe not at all. The organisers are rethinking its future.  Watch http://bookwormfestival.com

APRIL 2018

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

Sydney Writers Festival, 30 April – 6 May, east coast of Australia. Watch http://www.swf.org.au

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, 22-23 April, USC campus. Program out now. Watch http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/festival-schedule

MAY 2018

ASEAN Literary Festival, somewhere in Southeast Asia. Hosting is rotated round member states, but no details yet of when & where for 2018. Watch http://www.aseanliteraryfestival.com

Auckland Writers & Readers Festival, New Zealand. No details yet. Watch http://writersfestival.co.nz

‘Wordstorm’, NT Writers Festival, Darwin, north coast of Australia. No details yet. Watch

JUNE / JULY 2018: Hibernation time again.


Cairns Tropical Writers Festival, northeast coast of Australia. Dates unconfirmed. Watch http://www.cairnstropicalwritersfestiva.com



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