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Writers Festivals in Asia-Pacific 2020

Criteria for inclusion: Proceedings in English and location in Asia-Pacific region, including Australia and west coasts of the Americas. Does not include book fairs, zine festivals 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.

Sadly, many festivals have been cancelled as a COVID precaution. Current entries as at 23 May 2020.


Fairway Galle Literary Festival, Jan, Galle, Sri Lanka. Watch

ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, Jan, Diggi Palace, Rajasthani, India. Watch

There are many other writers’ festivals throughout South Asia – see


San Francisco Writers Conference, Feb, USA. Watch

Perth Festival Writers Week, Feb, Western Australia.  See

New Zealand Festival Writers & Readers Week, Feb, Wellington. Watch

Lahore Literary Festival, Feb, Alhamra Arts Center, Pakistan. Watch

Adelaide Festival Writers Week, Feb, Australia. Watch

Shanghai International Literary Festival, Feb, China. Watch

MARCH 2020

The Bookworm Literary Festival, Beijing, China. Watch

Hong Kong Young Reader’s Festival. Watch

APRIL 2020

Newcastle Writers Festival, Australia – Cancelled. Watch

L.A. Times Festival of Books, USC campus, USA: postponed to 3 – 4 October because of coronavirus. Watch

Sydney Writers Festival, Australia – Cancelled as a coronavirus precaution. Ticket purchasers will be contacted for reimbursement. Watch

MAY 2020

Auckland Writers & Readers Festival, New Zealand: Cancelled as a coronavirus precaution. All tickets will be refunded. Watch

NT Writers Festival, Darwin, Australia. Postponed to October 1-4, 2020. Watch

Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival, southwest Australia: Cancelled as a coronavirus precaution. Watch

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


Cairns Tropical Writers Festival, Australia: postponed to 13-15 August 2021, due to COVID19 Watch

Byron Writers Festival, east coast of Australia: cancelled. Next date is 6 – 8 Aug, 2021. Watch:

Mountain Echoes Literary Festival, Thimphu, Bhutan. No details to hand. Watch


Brisbane Writers Festival, 3 – 6 Sep, Queensland, Australia. Cancelled. Next festival in 2021 – date to be advised early that year. Watch

Kimberley Writers Festival, far northwest of Australia. No details to hand. Nothing online at

Pebble Beach Authors & Ideas Festival, 25 – 27 Sep, Carmel, California. Program out 1 Sep or sooner. Watch


NT Writers Festival, 1 – 4 Oct, Darwin, Australia. Early Bird tickets will open in August. Full program out in September. Watch

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, 3 – 4 Oct, USC campus, USA. COVID permitting. No other details yet. Watch

Dunedin Writers Festival, New Zealand. No details to hand. Nothing online at 

Litquake Festival, 8 – 17 Oct, San Francisco, USA. Probably virtual. Watch

Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival, 19 – 25 Sep, Canada. “80+ events”. Watch

Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, 28 Oct – 1 Nov, Bali, Indonesia. One of the region’s best. Watch


Singapore Writers Festival. No details to hand. Their old website ( is apparently not functioning.

Hong Kong International Literary Festival. No details to hand except that coronavirus hangs over its immediate future. Watch

Kauai Writers Conference, 9 – 15 Nov, Hawaii. Registration open. “Expanded slate of authors, agents and publishers and many new master classes.” Watch

Bangalore Literature Festival, Bengaluru, India. No details to hand. Watch

Irrawaddy Literary Festival, Mandalay, Myanmar. For info, contact (they don’t seem keen to put details online). Also watch

George Town Literary Festival, 26-29 Nov, Penang, Malaysia. No other details to hand. Watch or

Wollongong Writers Festival, 27 – 29 Nov, east coast of Australia. No other details to hand. Watch

DECEMBER 2020: Nuthin!

For other Australian literary events in 2020, see

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