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 17 June). Criteria for inclusion: the locale must be in the Asia-Pacific region and the proceedings mainly in English.


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.

JUNE/JULY 2017: Apparently book-lovers hibernate during these months.


Byron Bay Writers Festival, 4-6 Aug, east coast of Australia. 130 guest writers, including Book Club host Jennifer Burn, Aboriginal author Bruce Pascoe, Filipina author Merlinda Bobis, Indonesian author Eka Kurniawan, and journos Mei Fong & Kerry O’Brien .  Tickets & program out now. Watch www.byronbaywritersfestival.com.au

BB-writers-festCorrugated Lines: A Festival of Words, 11-13 Aug, Broome, north-west coast of Australia. “A vibrant community cultural event, celebrating all forms of reading, writing and storytelling.” Watch https://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://sunshinecoastreadersandwritersfestival.com/


Kimberley Writers Festival, 9-11 Sept, Kununurra, far north of Western Australia. They don’t have their own website. If interested, you can contact the Community Library on (61) 08 – 9169 1227. I’ll update when more details to hand.

Brisbane Writers Festival, 6-10 Sept, Queensland, east coast of Australia. Program out mid July. Watch https://uplit.com.au/festival/brisbane-writers-festival-2016

Pebble Beach Authors & Ideas Festival, 22-24 Sept, Carmel, California. All kinds of movers & shakers, as usual in this thought-provoking festival. 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.” 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. This year’s theme, Origins, “challenges us to consider our responsibilities to future generations, supporting young creatives and finding ways to amplify their voices.” Early-bird tickets out next month. Held alongside the festival from 26 Oct is the Indonesian-language Emerging Voices program, supporting young creative talents. Watch www.ubudwritersfestival.com


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

Singapore Writers Festival, 3-12 Nov. No details yet. All their website says is “See you in November”. Watch www.singaporewritersfestival.com

Hong Kong International Literary Festival, 3-12 Nov. No other details released yet. Watch www.festival.org.hk

Wollongong Writers Festival, 24-26 Nov, east coast of Australia. Hosted by University of Wollongong. No word on when the program will be available. 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 details yet. Watch http://www.georgetownlitfest


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

MARCH 2018

Readers and Writers Down Under (previously Indie Authors Down Under), QT Hotel, Gold Coast, Australia. No details yet. Follow: http://www.facebook.com/ReadersandWritersDownUnder

Shanghai International Literary Festival, China. “An international literary feast.” No details yet. Watch Shanghai International Literary Festival

The Bookworm Literary Festival, Beijing, China. Was not in 2017. 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

MAY 2018

ASEAN literary festival. Hosting is rotated round member states, but no details yet of when & where for 2018.

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

Northern Territory Writers Festival, Alice Springs, Australia. No details yet. Watch http://www.ntwriters.com.au/news/nt-writers-festival

Sydney Writers’ Festival, east coast of Australia. No details yet. See http://www.swf.org.au

JUNE/JULY 2018: Book-lovers still hibernate during these months.


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



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