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/
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (They are apparently not keen to put details online). Also watch www.irrawaddylitfest.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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