Writers Festivals in Asia-Pacific, 2020

A round-up of writers’ festivals in the Asia-Pacific region (updated 22 Feb). 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.


Fairway Galle Literary Festival, 16 – 29 Jan, Galle, Sri Lanka. Watch https://galleliteraryfestival.com

ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, 23 – 27 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, 13 – 16 Feb, USA. Watch http://sfwriters.org

Perth Festival Writers Week, 18 – 24 Feb, Western Australia. Line-up includes David Malouf, Anna Funder, Markus Zusak & Liz Byrski. See http://www.booksandpublishing.com.au/articles/2018/11/05  or the official website at http://www.perthfestival.com.au

New Zealand Festival Writers & Readers Week, 21 Feb – 15 March, Wellington. Program out now. Watch http://www.festival.co.nz

Lahore Literary Festival, 22 – 24 Feb, Alhamra Arts Center, Pakistan. Program out now. Watch http://www.lahorelitfest.com

Adelaide Festival Writers Week, 28 Feb – 15 March, Australia. Program out now. Line-up includes Jung Chang, Tash Aw, Blanche D’Apulget, Tim Flannery & Alice Pung. Watch http://www.adelaidefestival.com.au

Shanghai International Literary Festival, 28 Feb – 9 Mar, China. Watch http://m-restaurantgroup.com/m-on-the-bund/community/

MARCH 2020

The Bookworm Literary Festival, 15 – 31 Mar, Beijing, China. Program out now. Tickets available. Watch http://bookwormfestival.com

Hong Kong Young Reader’s Festival, scheduled for early March, is postponed until further notice, due to the coronavirus. Watch http://www.facebook.com/HKILF

APRIL 2020

Newcastle Writers Festival, 3 – 5 April, east coast of Australia. Submissions now closed. Line-up includes Helen Garner & Archie Roach. Program out now. Watch www.newcastlewritersfestival.org.au

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, 18 – 19 April, USC campus, USA. Line-up to be announced on March 12th. Watch https://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks.

Sydney Writers Festival, 27 April – 3 May, east coast of Australia. Program to be announced in March. Watch http://www.swf.org.au.

MAY 2020

Auckland Writers & Readers Festival, 12 – 17 May, New Zealand. Program out 11 March. Watch http://www.writersfestival.co.nz.

NT Writers Festival, 14 – 17 May, Darwin, Australia. Program ‘coming soon’. Watch http://www.ntwriters.com.au

JUNE / JULY 2020: Apparently bibliophiles hibernate during this time.


Cairns Tropical Writers Festival, 7 – 9 Aug, northeast coast of Australia. Program still in preparation. Watch http://www.cairnstropicalwritersfestival.com/

Byron Bay Writers Festival, east coast of Australia. No details to hand. 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. No other details to hand. Watch https://bwf.org.au.

Kimberley Writers Festival, 6 – 8 Sep, far northwest of Australia. No other details to hand. Watch 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/


Dunedin Writers Festival, New Zealand. Applications for Festival Director close 28 Feb. Watch: http://www.dunedinwritersfestival.co.nz 

Litquake Festival, 8 – 17 Oct, San Francisco, USA. Isn’t it great they give the dates so far ahead? A model for other festivals. No other details to hand. 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. Plaudits as for Litquake. Watch http://www.ubudwritersfestival.com


Singapore Writers Festival. No details to hand. Watch http://www.singaporewritersfestival.com.

Hong Kong International Literary Festival. No details to hand. 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 info@irrawaddylitfest.com (They are apparently not keen to put details online). Also watch www.irrawaddylitfest.com

George Town Literary Festival, 26-29 Nov, Penang, Malaysia. No other details to hand. Watch http://www.facebook.com/georgetownlitfest or http://www.georgetownlitfest.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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4 responses to “Writers Festivals in Asia-Pacific, 2020

  1. Hi there! The George Town Literary Festival will return from 21-24 November 2019.

  2. Thanks for letting me know.

  3. That is, 2020 is in Darwin:)

  4. The George Town Literary Festival will be back from 26-29 November 2020 for it’s 10th anniversary!

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