Asian Literary Festivals

by Jillian Hermoso, Age 17, Philippines


Asian Literary Festivals jaBlog!These days the world seems to be overflowing with support for the art and craft of writing. Books have been turning into movies and writers have started to become just as famous as rock stars. And would you believe that one of the new leaders of this literary upswing is Asia?

I can’t express how happy I am about this.

I’ve never seen so much attention for literature within my country, the Philippines, much less within my continent. The world just blew wide open for the people who live here and want to be writers. Workshops and even festivals have been showing up all over the continent.

SAARC Literary Festival (Bangalore, India)
June 25 – 28, 2015
The SAARC Literary Festival began in 2013. This year’s festival focuses on South Asian Poetry and will be an open forum for poets, poetry critics and guests to be able to discuss, analyze, debate and explore poetry.

UBUD Writers & Readers Festival (Bali, Indonesia)
October 28 – November 1, 2015
Numerous writers, artists and performers gather for this event in order to discuss the craft of writing and the world of arts. This year’s theme is 17,000 Islands of Imagination.

International Manila Book Fair (Manila, Philippines)
September 16  – 20, 2015
As a person who’s been twice to the International Manila Book Fair, not only was I blown away by number of vendor stalls, I was also extremely grateful for the workshops. This is where I attended the Readers Who Write workshop last year. For the people who really love reading: bring all of the money you have. I hope to see you there this year!

Hong Kong International Literary Festival
October 30 – November 8, 2015
Established in 2001, the Hong Kong International Literary Festival features established and emerging writers from all over the world. Events include discussions, literary lunches and dinners, workshops, lectures, debates, book signings, and readings.

Singapore Writers Festival
October 30 – November 8, 2015
The annual Singapore Writers Festival is for the promotion of new and emerging Singaporean and Asian writing to an international audience. They even present foreign writers to Singaporeans. To date, it remains one of the few literary festivals that is truly multi-lingual, through Singapore’s official languages: English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil.

Wherever you live, I hope you’ll be able to attend a festival and meet fellow writers.


Jillian Hermoso is a former LTC team member and jaBlog! blogger. Jillian had to leave us to focus on her college internship program. She is sorely missed and we wish her all the best in her future endeavours (especially with her writing!).


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