Writers Festivals in Asia-Pacific 2018

A brief roundup of writers festivals in the Asia-Pacific region (last updated 17 March 2018). 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 in October. Focuses mainly on Bayside authors. Check out their calendar at www.litquake.org.


Fairway Galle Literary Festival, 24-28 Jan, Galle, Sri Lanka.  Watch https://galleliteraryfestival.com

ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, 24-29 Jan, Diggi Palace, Rajasthani, India.  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, 15-18 Feb, Mark Hopkins Hotel, USA. Watch http://sfwriters.org

Lahore Literary Festival, Pakistan, 24-25 Feb, Alhamra Art Center. Watch http://www.lahorelitfest.com/about-llf

MARCH 2018

New Zealand Festival Writers & Readers Week, 8-11 March, Wellington. Watch https://www.festival.co.nz/2018/writers-readers/

The Bookworm Literary Festival, 8-24 Mar, Beijing, China.  Line-up includes Xinran, Richard Flanagan & Shari Lapena. See http://bookwormfestival.com

Shanghai International Literary Festival, 15-28 March, China. An eclectic line-up on an eclectic array of topics. Watch http://www.m-restaurantgroup.com/com…/m-literary-festival/

APRIL 2018

Newcastle Writers Festival, 6-8 April, east coast of Australia. Theme: ‘The stories behind the stories.’ Tickets available; program out now. Line-up is predominantly Australian, including Di Morrissey & Robert Dessaix. Watch www.newcastlewritersfestival.org.au

Sydney Writers Festival, 30 April – 6 May, east coast of Australia. Program out now. Line-up includes Min Jin Lee (‘Pachinko’), Alexis Okeowo (‘A Moonless, Starless Sky’) & Helen Garner (too many too mention). Watch https://www.swf.org.au

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, 22-23 April, USC campus. Program out now – wide range of topics. Huge line-up includes Margaret Attwood & Tash Aw. Watch http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/festival-schedule

MAY 2018

ASEAN Literary Festival: Hosting is rotated around member states, but no details yet of when & where for 2018. Their domain has expired and their Facebook page inert since last August. Not looking hopeful.

Auckland Writers & Readers Festival, 15-20 May, New Zealand. Theme: Love Story. Line-up of 230 includes luminaries like Karl Ove Knausgård, Alex Miller, and Catherine Chidgey. Program out now. Watch http://www.writersfestival.co.nz

NT Writers Festival, May, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. I can’t find 2018 details on their site, but have been assured the festival is happening. Watch http://www.ntwriters.com.au/

Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival, New Zealand: NOT ON in 2018 – will be held in 2019 (probably early May). Watch http://www.dunedinwritersfestival.co.nz

JUNE / JULY 2018: Apparently book-lovers hibernate during this time.


Byron Bay Writers Festival, 3-5 Aug, east coast of Australia. Program due out mid June. www.byronbaywritersfestival.com.au

Cairns Tropical Writers Festival, 17-19 Aug, northeast coast of Australia. No other details yet. Their Facebook page for 2018 say they don’t have any upcoming events! I think it’s on, though – will keep you posted. Watch http://www.cairnstropicalwritersfestival.com

Mountain Echoes Literary Festival, 22-25 Aug, Thimphu, Bhutan. Program coming soon. Watch http://www.mountainechoes.org

Sunshine Coast Readers & Writers Festival, Coolum Beach, east coast of Australia. Their website http://www.sunshinecoastreadersandwritersfestival.com (What a snappy website name!) is stuck on 2017.


Brisbane Writers Festival, Queensland, east coast of Australia. No details yet. Watch uplit.com.au/festival

Pebble Beach Authors & Ideas Festival, 28-30 Sep, Carmel, California. Line-up to be announced 1 Sept. Watch http://www.carmelauthors.com/

National Young Writers’ Festival, Newcastle. No other details yet. Watch http://youngwritersfestival.org.


Litquake Festival, San Francisco, USA. Submissions now open. No other details yet.  Check out www.litquake.org

Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival, 15-22 Oct, Canada. No other details yet. Watch http://www.writersfest.bc.ca

Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, 24-28 Oct, Bali, Indonesia. Theme: ‘Jagadhita’, interpreted in English as ‘The World We Create’. For the Balinese, it means the individual pursuit of universal harmony and prosperity as one of life’s primary goals. Watch www.ubudwritersfestival.com

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


Kauai Writers Conference, 9-11 Nov, Kauai Island, Hawaii. Covers fiction, nonfiction, poetry & screenwriting. Agent ‘pitch’ sessions. Line-up includes Kristin Jannah & Scott Turow. Watch http://www.kauaiwritersconference.com

Irrawaddy Literary Festival, Yangon, Myanmar.  No details yet. Watch www.irrawaddylitfest.com

Singapore Writers Festival. No details yet. Watch www.singaporewritersfestival.com

Hong Kong International Literary Festival. No details yet. Watch http://www.festival.org.hk/

Wollongong Writers Festival, east coast of Australia. No details yet. Watch www.wollongongwritersfestival.com

George Town Literary Festival, Penang, Malaysia. No details yet. Watch www.georgetownlitfest.com

DECEMBER 2018: nuthin.


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