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APWT 2017 Bali, Indonesia

MARK THESE DATES: Sunday 22-Tuesday 24 October 2017.  APWT's 2017 conference, 'Global Local: Sharing Stories with the World' will be held at this time, immediately prior to, and in conjunction with, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival. Our host is Faculty of Languages and Arts, Ganesha University of Education, Singaraja. We hope you can join us. Details  soon. This will be APWT's 10th international writers and Read more »»
posted by - | date - 20th March 2017 | category - Events - FRONT PAGE ONLY!, News - General | tags - 0

City University of Hong Kong Closes Asian MFA in Writing

SAD NEWS. Twenty-five internationally recognised authors have signed a letter to the City University of Hong Kong protesting the university’s decision to close its successful and admired MFA Programme in Creative Writing. The MFA Programme, established only five years ago by novelist and APWT Director Xu Xi, has brought distinguished writers to the campus. Six books and hundreds of poems, essays, and short stories have Read more »»


REGISTRATION HAS OPENED for this year's Asia Pacific Writers and Translators' conference in Manila. There's still time to propose a panel, and to join one of half a dozen outstanding workshops, or to put down your name to join the open mic readings. APWT's events are springboards to new international markets, a place to find new writer and reader friends. Full details are on our event's Read more »»


Here's what we need to motivate quality translation of literature from the many languages and dialects in countries throughout Asia: Literary Translation Prizes that offer real financial incentive to enter. Can YOU work with others to introduce a literary translation prize in an Asian country. One or two already exist, but not enough. Take a look at this Russian literary translation prize as a model. Read more »»
posted by - | date - 29th August 2014 | category - General, Lit AP, Literary Prizes, News - General, Notices | 0

Shanghai International Literary Festival, 5-21 March 2014

This year’s Shanghai International Literary Festival is March 5-21. The list of authors participating can be found here. The Festival was started by Michelle Garnaut, Jenny Laing Peach and Tina Kanagaratnam in 2003 as a sister to the original Hong Kong International Literary Festival. It's hosted by Michelle’s fabulous M on the Bund restaurant.
posted by - | date - 17th February 2014 | category - Lit Festivals & Conferences, News - General | 0

2nd Irrawaddy Literature Festival – Feb. 2014

There’s an air of excitement in Mandalay, the second Irrawaddy Literature Festival (ILF) will be taking place from 14-16 February and everyone is free to attend. Literally! The event will takes place in the Kuthodaw Pagoda grounds for general public admission. Following the success of last year’s inaugural event the organisers have enjoyed widespread support as Myanmar rapidly opens up to hitherto unseen freedoms. This Read more »»
posted by - | date - 9th January 2014 | category - General, Lit Festivals & Conferences, News - General | 0

Jaipur Literature Festival 2014

Start planning your trip to Rajastan now. The 2014 dates for the much loved, and much attended, Jaipur Literature Festival have been set for 17th to the 21st of January 2014. The 7th JLF promises to be bigger and busier than ever, making it Asia's most popular Lit-Fest, and a number of big names have already been provisionally confirmed for the next event. Registration does Read more »»
posted by - | date - 7th January 2014 | category - General Events, Lit Festivals & Conferences, News - General | tags - 0

2013 Man Booker winner

New Zealander Eleanor Catton has won the 2013 Man Booker award becoming the youngest ever recipient. Her 823 murder mystery epic, set in Nineteenth Century Otago, is also the longest book ever to win. The 28 year old picks up the £50,000 prize as the curtain fall on a 45 year 'Commonwealth only' era. Book prizes are going global.
posted by - | date - 17th October 2013 | category - News - General | 0

Bangkok Hosts 2013 Writers’ Conference & Literary Fest

Together with the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority, the Faculty of Arts at Chulalongkorn University, Asia Books, and the support of five foreign Embassies, Asia Pacific Writers & Translators (AP Writers) again brings together Thai and international authors for a conference which this year culminates in a free one-day literary festival. The literary festival and conference, together called ‘Reaching the World 2013’, will be held from 3 to Read more »»