Shanghai International Literary Festival 2015

Thank you to everyone who made the 2015 Shanghai International Literary Festival happen! 

If you missed any events, please take a look at our full review here.

Shanghai International Literary Festival, with a few fun events in Beijing: 
October 31 - November 8 inclusive

2015 LITFEST BROCHURE (PDF 4.7MB) - click here

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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Literary Festival FAQ

Questions about the Literary Festival? Interested in participating?

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