Capital Literary Festival 2015

We are glad you haven't given up on us!

We realise that the year is nearly gone, however we still plan to hold our annual Literary Festival later this year. We’re doing a ‘mini’ Literary Festival in both Shanghai and Beijing, aligning with the Hong Kong International Literary Festival.

The exact dates for the festivals are:

Capital Literary Festival Beijing: October 30, 31, Nov 1

Shanghai International Literary Festival: November 4-8 inclusive

A bit of background in case you might need it: the literary festival started in 2003 in the original Glamour Room at M on the Bund in Shanghai, and has run every year since.  The festivals have attracted many local and regional authors as well as others from well over 20 countries around the world.  

The aim is to bring together the  best in fiction, literary non-fiction, journalism, the arts, poetry, current affairs, film, erotic fiction, China-focused writing, exploration and travel writing, economics and history, health and philosophy, food, wine and cookery and also children’s writing.  

 Activities include, stimulating interviews and rousing readings, poetry slams and film screenings, panel discussions and writing workshops, there are sessions on photography, art, poetry and  those geared for young adults and kids and there’s even the great FT debate. Sessions are primarily in English, though sometimes in other languages,  

The Festivals feature both acclaimed and emerging writers, many are winners of the world's leading literary prizes, including the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the Man Booker Prize, the National Book Award for Fiction, the Miles Franklin award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and many others.

Our festivals are entirely not-for-profit and we rely on the generous contribution of our sponsors and partners to help underwriter the substantial costs involved and to make it possible.  

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Capital Literary Festival FAQ

Questions about the Literary Festival? Interested in participating?

Our Frequently Asked Questions has the answers! To download, click here.

Monthly Events

The Literary Festival happens only once a year, but literary and other events take place every month. To find out what's happening, sign up for our newsletter (see right), visit our News and Events page and our Facebook page.





All Sessions: RMB 75, includes a drink

Children & Students: RMB 20, includes a soft drink

Literary Lunches: RMB 188


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