A brief roundup of writers festivals in the Asia-Pacific region (last updated 17 March 2018). 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. Focuses mainly on Bayside authors. Check out their calendar at www.litquake.org.
Fairway Galle Literary Festival, 24-28 Jan, Galle, Sri Lanka. Watch https://galleliteraryfestival.com
ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, 24-29 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, 15-18 Feb, Mark Hopkins Hotel, USA. Watch http://sfwriters.org
Lahore Literary Festival, Pakistan, 24-25 Feb, Alhamra Art Center. Watch http://www.lahorelitfest.com/about-llf
New Zealand Festival Writers & Readers Week, 8-11 March, Wellington. Watch https://www.festival.co.nz/2018/writers-readers/
The Bookworm Literary Festival, 8-24 Mar, Beijing, China. Line-up includes Xinran, Richard Flanagan & Shari Lapena. See http://bookwormfestival.com
Shanghai International Literary Festival, 15-28 March, China. An eclectic line-up on an eclectic array of topics. Watch http://www.m-restaurantgroup.com/com…/m-literary-festival/
Newcastle Writers Festival, 6-8 April, east coast of Australia. Theme: ‘The stories behind the stories.’ Tickets available; program out now. Line-up is predominantly Australian, including Di Morrissey & Robert Dessaix. Watch www.newcastlewritersfestival.org.au
Sydney Writers Festival, 30 April – 6 May, east coast of Australia. Program out now. Line-up includes Min Jin Lee (‘Pachinko’), Alexis Okeowo (‘A Moonless, Starless Sky’) & Helen Garner (too many too mention). Watch https://www.swf.org.au
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, 22-23 April, USC campus. Program out now – wide range of topics. Huge line-up includes Margaret Attwood & Tash Aw. Watch http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/festival-schedule
ASEAN Literary Festival: Hosting is rotated around member states, but no details yet of when & where for 2018. Their domain has expired and their Facebook page inert since last August. Not looking hopeful.
Auckland Writers & Readers Festival, 15-20 May, New Zealand. Theme: Love Story. Line-up of 230 includes luminaries like Karl Ove Knausgård, Alex Miller, and Catherine Chidgey. Program out now. Watch http://www.writersfestival.co.nz
NT Writers Festival, May, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. I can’t find 2018 details on their site, but have been assured the festival is happening. Watch http://www.ntwriters.com.au/
Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival, New Zealand: NOT ON in 2018 – will be held in 2019 (probably early May). Watch http://www.dunedinwritersfestival.co.nz
JUNE / JULY 2018: Apparently book-lovers hibernate during this time.
Byron Bay Writers Festival, 3-5 Aug, east coast of Australia. Program due out mid June. www.byronbaywritersfestival.com.au
Cairns Tropical Writers Festival, 17-19 Aug, northeast coast of Australia. No other details yet. Their Facebook page for 2018 say they don’t have any upcoming events! I think it’s on, though – will keep you posted. Watch http://www.cairnstropicalwritersfestival.com
Mountain Echoes Literary Festival, 22-25 Aug, Thimphu, Bhutan. Program coming soon. Watch http://www.mountainechoes.org
Sunshine Coast Readers & Writers Festival, Coolum Beach, east coast of Australia. Their website http://www.sunshinecoastreadersandwritersfestival.com (What a snappy website name!) is stuck on 2017.
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. Line-up to be announced 1 Sept. Watch http://www.carmelauthors.com/
National Young Writers’ Festival, Newcastle. No other details yet. Watch http://youngwritersfestival.org.
Litquake Festival, San Francisco, USA. Submissions now open. No other details yet. Check out www.litquake.org
Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival, 15-22 Oct, Canada. No other details yet. Watch http://www.writersfest.bc.ca
Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, 24-28 Oct, Bali, Indonesia. Theme: ‘Jagadhita’, interpreted in English as ‘The World We Create’. For the Balinese, it means the individual pursuit of universal harmony and prosperity as one of life’s primary goals. Watch www.ubudwritersfestival.com
Bangalore Literature Festival, Bengaluru, India. No details yet. Watch http://bangaloreliteraturefestival.org
Kauai Writers Conference, 9-11 Nov, Kauai Island, Hawaii. Covers fiction, nonfiction, poetry & screenwriting. Agent ‘pitch’ sessions. Line-up includes Kristin Jannah & Scott Turow. Watch http://www.kauaiwritersconference.com
Irrawaddy Literary Festival, Yangon, Myanmar. No details yet. Watch 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
DECEMBER 2018: nuthin.