Writers Festivals in Asia-Pacific 2017-18

A brief roundup of literary festivals in the Asia-Pacific region for the period July 2017 to August 2018 (updated 19 Aug 2017). 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 (6-14). Focuses mainly on Bayside authors. Check out their calendar at www.litquake.org.

JULY 2017: Apparently book-lovers hibernate in during this month.


Byron Bay Writers Festival, 4-6 Aug, east coast of Australia. Done & dusted. www.byronbaywritersfestival.com.au

Corrugated Lines: A Festival of Words, 11-13 Aug, Broome, north-west coast of Australia. Line-up includes Bruce Pascoe, Kim Mahood, Danielle Binks, Emilie Zoey Baker and Dan Lee. No website, nor program on http://www.facebook.com/CorrugatedLines

Sunshine Coast Readers & Writers Festival, 12-13 Aug, Coolum Beach, east coast of Australia. Program out now. Includes a poetry slam & short story competition. Watch http://www.sunshinecoastreadersandwritersfestival.com

Mountain Echoes Literary Festival, 24-27 Aug, Thimphu, Bhutan. Program out now. Big line-up but not many international names. Watch http://www.mountainechoes.org


Kimberley Writers Festival, 9-11 Sept, Kununurra, far north of Western Australia. Line-up includes Danielle Lim, winner of the 2016 Singapore Literary Prize for non-fiction. Program “out soon”. Tickets from the Kununurra Library, ph 08 9169 1227, or email librarian@swek.wa.gov.au for info.

Brisbane Writers Festival, 6-10 Sept, Queensland, east coast of Australia. Program out now. Watch uplit.com.au/festival/brisbane-writers-festival-2017

steinbeck-pebble-beach  John Steinbeck at Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach Authors & Ideas Festival, 22-24 Sept, Carmel, California. All kinds of movers & shakers, as usual in this thought-provoking festival. Only $1,250 tickets remaining! Watch http://www.carmelauthors.com/

National Young Writers’ Festival, 28 Sep – 1 Oct, Newcastle, east coast of Australia. “The country’s largest gathering of young and innovative writers working in both new and traditional forms.” Full program out 31 August. Watch http://youngwritersfestival.org.


Litquake Festival, 6-14 Oct, San Francisco, USA. Focuses mainly on Bayside authors. Check out www.litquake.org

Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival, 16-22 Oct, Canada. 30th festival. Calling for artistic director now. Watch http://www.writersfest.bc.ca


Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, 25-29 Oct, Bali, Indonesia. Theme: Origins. Line-up includes Indonesian authors Seno Gumira Ajidarma, Nh. Dini and Leila S. Chudori, award-winning novelist Madeleine Thien, crime writer Ian Rankin, ‘Wild Swans’ author Jung Chang, Simon Winchester, author of ‘Krakatua’, and South Korean wild child Han Yujoo, among many more. Program out now. Watch www.ubudwritersfestival.com

Bangalore Literature Festival, 28-29 October, Bengaluru, India. Usually includes performances by Indian musicians. Watch http://bangaloreliteraturefestival.org


Irrawaddy Literary Festival, 3-5 Nov, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). “A stellar cast of Myanmar and international writers”. Watch www.irrawaddylitfest.com

Singapore Writers Festival, 3-12 Nov. No more details yet, but writers may apply for a book-launch slot now. Watch www.singaporewritersfestival.com

Hong Kong International Literary Festival, 3-12 Nov. Tickets available from September. Line-up includes Jung Chang, author of Wild Swans, Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate of the UK, Ken Liu, writer of speculative fiction, novelist Pankaj Mishra and Japanese prize-winner Hiromi Kawakami.

Wollongong Writers Festival, 24-26 Nov, east coast of Australia. Hosted by University of Wollongong. Program out now. Line-up includes Philippines author Merlinda Bobis and Time Cope, author of ‘On the Trail of Genghis Kahn’. Watch www.wollongongwritersfestival.com

Asia Pacific Writers & Translators’ Conference, ??? Nov, China. No details yet – their site is still stuck on 2016. Watch LEAP+.

George Town Literary Festival, 24-26 Nov, Penang, Malaysia. No other details yet. Watch http://www.georgetownlitfest

DECEMBER 2017: nuthin.


Jaipur Literature Festival, Diggi Palace, Rajasthani, India. “The largest free festival on earth.” No details yet. 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, Mark Hopkins Hotel, USA. No details yet. Watch http://sfwriters.org

Lahore Literary Festival, Pakistan, dates unconfirmed. “Explores the interface between literature and the arts.” 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, China. No details yet. Watch Shanghai International Literary Festival

The Bookworm Literary Festival, Beijing, China. Maybe in March, maybe not at all. The organisers are rethinking its future.  Watch http://bookwormfestival.com

APRIL 2018

Newcastle Writers Festival, east coast of Australia. No details yet. Watch www.newcastlewritersfestival.org.au

Sydney Writers Festival, 30 April – 6 May, east coast of Australia. 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

JUNE / JULY 2018: Hibernation time again.


Cairns Tropical Writers Festival, northeast coast of Australia. Dates unconfirmed. A biennial event, due in 2018. Watch http://www.cairnstropicalwritersfestiva.com



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