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/
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
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.
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 email@example.com (they don’t seem keen to put details online). Also watch www.irrawaddylitfest.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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