A brief roundup of writers festivals in the Asia-Pacific region (last updated 19 May 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. Where there are no details to hand for a festival, it is tentatively listed under the month it usually held in.
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
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. See http://bookwormfestival.com
Shanghai International Literary Festival, 15-28 March, China. Watch http://www.m-restaurantgroup.com/com…/m-literary-festival/
Newcastle Writers Festival, 6-8 April, east coast of Australia. Watch www.newcastlewritersfestival.org.au
Sydney Writers Festival, 30 April – 6 May, east coast of Australia. Watch https://www.swf.org.au
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, 22-23 April, USC campus. Watch http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/festival-schedule
ASEAN Literary Festival: Held in Jakarta in May last year, but no details yet of when & where for 2018. Its domain has expired and its Facebook page inert since last August.
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
‘Wordstorm’ NT Writers Festival, 24-27 May, Browns Mart, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. Theme: ‘Year of true stories’. Line-up includes Aboriginal poet-playwright Steven Oliver and Indonesian author Intan Paramaditha. Tickets selling fast. See 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 bibliophiles 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, 10-12 Aug, northeast coast of Australia. No other details yet. 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, Australia. Dates TBA. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brisbane Writers Festival, Queensland, east coast of Australia. No details yet. Watch uplit.com.au/festival or https://www.facebook.com/briswritersfest
Pebble Beach Authors & Ideas Festival, 28-30 Sep, Carmel, California. Line-up to be announced 1 Sept. Watch http://www.carmelauthors.com/
Litquake Festival, 11-20 Oct, San Francisco, USA. Submissions now open. 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’ – ‘The World We Create’. For the Balinese, it means the pursuit of universal harmony and prosperity as one of life’s primary goals. Watch www.ubudwritersfestival.com
Bangalore Literature Festival, 27-28 Oct, Bengaluru, India. No other 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. Maybe on, but no details yet. Watch www.irrawaddylitfest.com
Singapore Writers Festival, 2-11 Nov. No other details yet. Watch www.singaporewritersfestival.com
Hong Kong International Literary Festival. May be on, but no details yet. Watch http://www.festival.org.hk/
Wollongong Writers Festival, 24-26 Nov, east coast of Australia. Theme: ‘Where the stories are’. Watch www.wollongongwritersfestival.com
George Town Literary Festival, Penang, Malaysia. May be on, but no details yet. Watch www.georgetownlitfest.com
DECEMBER 2018: nuthin.