Writers Festivals in Asia-Pacific 2020

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 currently no details to hand for a festival, it is tentatively listed under the month it is usually held in.

Sadly, many festivals have been cancelled as a COVID precaution. Current entries as at 2 July 2020.


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

ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, 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, Feb, USA. Watch http://sfwriters.org

Perth Festival Writers Week, Feb, Western Australia.  See http://www.perthfestival.com.au

New Zealand Festival Writers & Readers Week, Feb, Wellington. Watch http://www.festival.co.nz

Lahore Literary Festival, Feb, Alhamra Arts Center, Pakistan. Watch http://www.lahorelitfest.com

Adelaide Festival Writers Week, Feb, Australia. Watch http://www.adelaidefestival.com.au

Shanghai International Literary Festival, Feb, China. Watch http://m-restaurantgroup.com/m-on-the-bund/community/

MARCH 2020

The Bookworm Literary Festival, Beijing, China. Watch http://bookwormfestival.com

Hong Kong Young Reader’s Festival has transformed into a series of online events, starting in June. Watch http://www.facebook.com/HKILF

APRIL 2020

Newcastle Writers Festival, Australia – Cancelled. Watch www.newcastlewritersfestival.org.au

L.A. Times Festival of Books, USC campus, USA: postponed to 3 – 4 October because of coronavirus. Watch https://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks.

Sydney Writers Festival, Australia – Cancelled as a coronavirus precaution. Ticket purchasers will be contacted for reimbursement. Watch http://www.swf.org.au.

MAY 2020

Auckland Writers & Readers Festival, New Zealand: Cancelled as a coronavirus precaution. All tickets will be refunded. Watch http://www.writersfestival.co.nz.

NT Writers Festival, Darwin, Australia. Postponed to October 1-4, 2020. Watch http://www.ntwriters.com.au

Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival, southwest Australia: Cancelled as a coronavirus precaution. Watch https://mrrwfestival.com/

JUNE / JULY 2020: Apparently bibliophiles hibernate during this time.


Cairns Tropical Writers Festival, Australia: postponed to 13-15 August 2021, due to COVID. Watch http://www.cairnstropicalwritersfestival.com/

Byron Writers Festival, east coast of Australia: cancelled. Next date is 6 – 8 Aug, 2021. Watch: https://byronwritersfestival.com

Mountain Echoes Literary Festival, Thimphu, Bhutan. No details to hand. Website http://www.mountainechoes.org still stuck on 2019.


Brisbane Writers Festival, 3 – 6 Sep, Queensland, Australia. Cancelled. Next festival in 2021 – date to be advised early that year. Watch https://bwf.org.au.

Kimberley Writers Festival, far northwest of Australia. No details to hand. There website https://kwf.writingwa.org is stuck on 2019.

Pebble Beach Authors & Ideas Festival, 25 – 27 Sep, Carmel, California. Program out 1 Sep or sooner. Watch http://www.carmelauthors.com/


NT Writers Festival, 1 – 4 Oct, Darwin, Australia. Still on. Full program out in August and tickets from then on. Watch http://www.ntwriters.com.au

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, 3 – 4 Oct, USC campus, USA. COVID permitting. No other details yet. Watch https://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks.

Dunedin Writers Festival, New Zealand. No details to hand for 2020. Nothing online at http://www.dunedinwritersfestival.co.nz 

Litquake Festival, 8 – 17 Oct, San Francisco, USA. Probably virtual. Watch www.litquake.org

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

Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, 28 Oct – 1 Nov, Bali, Indonesia. The ‘Emerging Writers’ component is cancelled due to COVID. Main program still tentatively on. Watch http://www.ubudwritersfestival.com


Singapore Writers Festival. No details to hand for 2020. Their old website (www.singaporewritersfestival.com) is apparently not functioning.

Hong Kong International Literary Festival. No details to hand except that coronavirus hangs over its immediate future. Watch http://www.facebook.com/HKILF

Kauai Writers Conference, 13 – 15 Nov, Hawaii. Registration open. “Expanded slate of authors, agents and publishers and many new master classes.” Master classes 9 – 12 Nov. Watch http://www.kauaiwritersconference.com

Bangalore Literature Festival, Bengaluru, India. No details to hand for 2020. Watch http://bangaloreliteraturefestival.org

Irrawaddy Literary Festival, Mandalay, Myanmar. Not clear whether this is on. For info, contact info@irrawaddylitfest.com (they don’t seem keen to put details online). Their website www.irrawaddylitfest.com is stuck on 2019.

George Town Literary Festival, 26 – 29 Nov, Penang, Malaysia. Unclear to me whether this will be virtual only. Watch http://www.facebook.com/georgetownlitfest or http://www.georgetownlitfest.com.

Wollongong Writers Festival, 27 – 29 Nov, east coast of Australia. Apparently still on. there program is “coming soon”. Watch https://wollongongwritersfestival.com

DECEMBER 2020: Nuthin!

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

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4 responses to “Writers Festivals in Asia-Pacific 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:)

  4. The George Town Literary Festival will be back from 26-29 November 2020 for it’s 10th anniversary!

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