A brief roundup of writers’ festivals in the Asia-Pacific region (updated 23 April 2019). Criteria for inclusion: 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 was last held in.
Fairway Galle Literary Festival, 16 – 20 Jan, Galle, Sri Lanka. Watch https://galleliteraryfestival.com
ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, 24 – 28 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, 14 – 17 Feb, Hyatt Regency Embarcadero. Watch http://sfwriters.org
Lahore Literary Festival, 23 -23 Feb, Alhamra Arts Centre, Pakistan. Watch http://www.lahorelitfest.com/about-llf
The Bookworm Literary Festival, 15 – 31 March, Beijing, China. Watch http://bookwormfestival.com
Shanghai International Literary Festival, 14 – 17 March, China. Watch http://m-restaurantgroup.com/m-on-the-bund/community/
Newcastle Writers Festival, 5 – 7 April, east coast of Australia. Watch www.newcastlewritersfestival.org.au
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, 13 – 14 April, USC campus, USA. https://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks. Also watch Facebook.
Sydney Writers Festival, 29 April – 5 May, east coast of Australia. Program out now. Huge line-up, including Anna Funder & Richard Flanagan. Watch https://www.swf.org.au.
Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival, 9 – 12 May, New Zealand. Program out now. Line-up includes John Boyne, Rebecca Vaughan, Markus Zusak & Clementine Ford. Also children’s authors and illustrators. Watch http://www.dunedinwritersfestival.co.nz
Auckland Writers & Readers Festival, 14 – 19 May, New Zealand. Program out now. Watch http://www.writersfestival.co.nz.
NT Writers Festival, 16 – 19 May, Alice Springs, Australia. Full program available at http://www.ntwriters.com.au – click “NT Writers’ Festival” tab at top of page.
JUNE / JULY 2019: Apparently bibliophiles hibernate during this time.
Byron Bay Writers Festival, 2 – 4 Aug, east coast of Australia. No further details to hand. Watch: https://www.facebook.com/byronwritersfestival
Mountain Echoes Literary Festival, Thimphu, Bhutan. No news to hand for 2019. Watch http://www.mountainechoes.org
Brisbane Writers Festival, 5 – 8 Sep, Queensland, Australia. No further details to hand. Watch https://bwf.org.au.
Pebble Beach Authors & Ideas Festival, 27 – 29 Sep, Carmel, California. No further details to hand. Watch http://www.carmelauthors.com/
National Young Writers’ Festival, Newcastle, east coast of Australia. Artists applications are now open. Watch http://youngwritersfestival.org.
Litquake Festival, 10-19 Oct, San Francisco, USA. Submissions now open. Watch www.litquake.org
Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival, 21 – 27 Oct, Canada. No further details to hand. Watch http://www.writersfest.bc.ca
Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, 23 – 27 Oct, Bali, Indonesia. Theme: “Karma Phala nak cicih”. For Balinese Hindus Karma Phala is the principle that each action has a consequence equal in force, and similar in form; cicih means certain and swift. Watch www.ubudwritersfestival.com
Kauai Writers Conference, 8 – 10 Nov, Hawaii. Submissions open. Preliminary list of authors, agents & publishers now out. Check out their promo vid here: https://vimeo.com/326462859?mc_cid=a8ac4c1290&mc_eid=76398c96c9 Watch http://www.kauaiwritersconference.com
Bangalore Literature Festival, 9 – 10 Nov, Bengaluru, India. No further details to hand. Watch http://bangaloreliteraturefestival.org
Irrawaddy Literary Festival, 9 – 11 Nov, Mandalay, Myanmar. Plans are under way and the line-up is starting to grow. Watch www.irrawaddylitfest.com
George Town Literary Festival, 21 – 24 November, Penang, Malaysia. The following source says GTLF is happening on these dates, but I can’t find the festival’s own website. Will keep you posted. https://mypenang.gov.my/events/all-events/252/
Wollongong Writers Festival, 23 – 25 Nov, east coast of Australia. Program due late September. Watch www.wollongongwritersfestival.com
Hong Kong International Literary Festival. No news to hand for 2019, except they are seeking an Assistant Manager. Watch https://www.facebook.com/HKILF/
George Town Literary Festival, Penang, Malaysia. No news to hand for 2019. Their website/FB page is stuck on 2018. Watch www.georgetownlitfest.com
DECEMBER 2019: nuthin!
Cairns Tropical Writers Festival, north-east coast of Australia. Next festival is in August 2020. Watch http://www.cairnstropicalwritersfestival.com
New Zealand Festival Writers & Readers Week, Wellington. Not on until March 2020. Watch https://www.festival.co.nz.
Sunshine Coast Readers & Writers Festival, Australia. Not on in 2019. Watch: https://www.facebook.com/sunshinecoastwritersfestival/