Writers Festivals in Asia-Pacific, 2020

A round-up of writers’ festivals in the Asia-Pacific region (updated 1 April). Criteria for inclusion: Proceedings in English and location in Asia-Pacific region, including Australia and west coasts of the Americas. Does not include zine festivals, book fairs 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, more and more festivals are being cancelled as a coronavirus precaution. 


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, 15 – 31 Mar, Beijing, China. Watch http://bookwormfestival.com

Hong Kong Young Reader’s Festival – postponed until further notice, due to the coronavirus. Watch http://www.facebook.com/HKILF

APRIL 2020

Newcastle Writers Festival, Australia – Cancelled as a coronavirus precaution. They’ll issue information soon regarding refunds. However, leading writers who were due to appear are featured in a free online program: NWF Stories to You, 4-5 April. The program includes 17 sessions and can be viewed via Facebook and YouTube throughout the weekend. 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 August 2021, due to COVID19 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. Watch http://www.mountainechoes.org


Brisbane Writers Festival, 3 – 6 Sep, Queensland, Australia. Hard to tell whether it’s still on. They’re running a hashtag: Don’t Cancel Creativity. There’s a long political letter expressing their views at https://bwf.org.au.

Kimberley Writers Festival, far northwest of Australia. No details to hand. Nothing online at https://kwf.writingwa.org

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. Early Bird tickets will re-open in August. Full program out in September. 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. Nothing online at http://www.dunedinwritersfestival.co.nz 

Litquake Festival, 8 – 17 Oct, San Francisco, USA.  Could be virtual. Submissions now open. Watch www.litquake.org

Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival, 19 – 25 Sep, Canada. “80+ events”. Watch http://www.writersfest.bc.ca

Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, 28 Oct – 1 Nov, Bali, Indonesia. One of the region’s best. Watch http://www.ubudwritersfestival.com


Singapore Writers Festival. No details to hand. Their old website (www.singaporewritersfestival.com) 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, 9 – 15 Nov, Hawaii. Registration now open. “Expanded slate of authors, agents and publishers and many new master classes.” Watch http://www.kauaiwritersconference.com

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

Irrawaddy Literary Festival, Mandalay, Myanmar. For info, contact info@irrawaddylitfest.com (they don’t seem keen to put details online). Also watch www.irrawaddylitfest.com

George Town Literary Festival, 26-29 Nov, Penang, Malaysia. No other details to hand. Watch http://www.facebook.com/georgetownlitfest or http://www.georgetownlitfest.com.

Wollongong Writers Festival, 27 – 29 Nov, east coast of Australia. No other details to hand. 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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