Writers Festivals in Asia-Pacific 2017-18

A brief roundup of writers festivals in the Asia-Pacific region, November 2017 to November 2018 (last updated 10 Dec). 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.


Irrawaddy Literary Festival, 3-5 Nov, Yangon, Myanmar.  See www.irrawaddylitfest.com

Singapore Writers Festival, 3-12 Nov. Huge line-up of writers, mainly Singaporean but peppered with people from all over. Program out now. Watch www.singaporewritersfestival.com

Hong Kong International Literary Festival, 3-12 Nov. Line-up includes Amy Tan, Jung Chang, Ken Liu, Madeleine Thien, Hiromi Kawakami and Ian Rankin. Program out now. Watch http://www.festival.org.hk/

Wollongong Writers Festival, 24-26 Nov, east coast of Australia. Watch www.wollongongwritersfestival.com

Asia Pacific Writers & Translators’ Conference, Nov, China. Did this happen? Their site is stuck on 2016. Watch LEAP+.

George Town Literary Festival, 24-26 Nov, Penang, Malaysia.  Watch www.georgetownlitfest.com

DECEMBER 2017: nuthin.


Fairway Galle Literary Festival, 24-28 Jan, Galle, Sri Lanka. Features writers of fiction and memoir, actresses, lawyers, diplomats, journalists, editors, poets, curators, architects, historians and economists. Line-up includes Amit Chaudhuri, Dame Maggie Smith & Alexander McCall Smith. Watch https://galleliteraryfestival.com

ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, 24-29 Jan, Diggi Palace, Rajasthani, India. The largest free festival on earth. Program & line-up are listed as “coming soon” (Let’s hope that means very soon.) 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 Mark Hopkins Hotel, USA. Line-up includes California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia, thriller writer Robert Dugoni, YA author Mitali Perkins and critically acclaimed Shanthi Sekaran. Watch http://sfwriters.org

Lahore Literary Festival, Pakistan, No details yet. Watch http://www.lahorelitfest.com/about-llf

MARCH 2018

Readers and Writers Down Under, Gold Coast, Australia. No details yet. Follow http://www.facebook.com/ReadersandWritersDownUnder

Shanghai International Literary Festival, 15-28 Mar, China. Watch Shanghai International Literary Festival

The Bookworm Literary Festival, 8-24 Mar, Beijing, China. Watch http://bookwormfestival.com

APRIL 2018

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. No details yet. Watch http://www.swf.org.au

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, 22-23 April, USC campus. Program out now. Watch http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/festival-schedule

MAY 2018

ASEAN Literary Festival, somewhere in Southeast Asia. Hosting is rotated round member states, but no details yet of when & where for 2018. Watch http://www.aseanliteraryfestival.com

Auckland Writers & Readers Festival, New Zealand. No details yet. Watch http://writersfestival.co.nz

‘Wordstorm’, NT Writers Festival, May 24-27, Darwin.  For inquiries, email executive@ntwriters.com.au

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


Cairns Tropical Writers Festival, 17-19 Aug, northeast coast of Australia. No other details yet. Watch http://www.cairnstropicalwritersfestival.com

Byron Bay Writers Festival,east coast of Australia. No details yet. www.byronbaywritersfestival.com.au

Corrugated Lines: A Festival of Words, Broome, north-west coast of Australia. Nothing yet showing at http://www.facebook.com/CorrugatedLines

Sunshine Coast Readers & Writers Festival, Coolum Beach, east coast of Australia. No details yet. Watch http://www.sunshinecoastreadersandwritersfestival.com

Mountain Echoes Literary Festival, Thimphu, Bhutan. No details yet. Watch http://www.mountainechoes.org


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. Watch http://www.carmelauthors.com/

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


Litquake Festival, San Francisco, USA. No details yet.  Check out www.litquake.org

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

Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, 24-28 Oct, Bali, Indonesia. Watch www.ubudwritersfestival.com

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


Irrawaddy Literary Festival, Yangon, Myanmar.  No details yet. See 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


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