The M Literary Festivals in China began a decade ago, with the launch of the Shanghai International Literary Festival in 2003. Organised by and hosted at M on the Bund, the Shanghai Festival has grown from small beginnings into one of China’s leading English-language literary events. In 2011, Capital M launched the Capital Literary Festival, which quickly established itself as an important part of Beijing cultural life.
The festivals have attracted many local and regional authors as well as others from over 20 countries around the world. The festivals aim to bring together the best in fiction, literary non-fiction, journalism, the arts, poetry, current affairs, film, exploration and travel writing, economics and history, health and philosophy, food, wine and cookery and children’s writing, too. Activities include interviews and readings, poetry slams and film screenings, panel discussions and writing workshops, sessions on photography, art and poetry as well as those geared for young adults and kids.
Sessions are primarily in English, though some are held in other languages as well. The festivals feature both acclaimed and emerging writers and include 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.
The festivals are entirely not-for-profit and we rely on the generous contribution of our sponsors and partners to help underwrite the substantial costs involved and to make it possible.
Please note: the M Literary Festivals will only take place in Shanghai in 2017.