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.

YEAR-ROUND

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.

NOVEMBER  2017

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.

JANUARY 2018

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

FEBRUARY 2018

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.

AUGUST 2018

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

SEPTEMBER 2018

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.

OCTOBER  2018

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

NOVEMBER  2018

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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