Hong Kong International Literary Festival 2018

Why We Recommend it

Celebrating the written word with workshops and a series of thought-provoking talks by leading writers including Irvine Welsh, Paul French and Xu Xi, Hong Kong’s literary festival covers a broad scope of genres and topics.


Now in its 18th edition, the Hong Kong International Literary festival has a track record of bringing in big names in the fiction, non-fiction and verse worlds while also dedicating itself to promoting rising talent.

This year’s event boasts a strong set list of inspiring writers, including Paul French, Isabel Sun Chao, Irvine Welsh and Jenny Zhang. Spread over a series of nine days, the event caters to a wide range of literary tastes, including poetry, science-fiction and crime.

Local writers, among them Xu Xi and Dung Kai-cheung, authors of Dear Hong Kong and Cantonese Love Stories respectively, as well as poet Tammy Ho, will also give talks. Visitors can also expect panel discussions on the characteristics and values of Hong Kong literature as well as the #MeToo movement.

The festival also plays host to a series of workshops on writing, pitching ideas to publishers, making your own podcast, among others.


When: 2 Nov 2018 - 11 Nov 2018 Where: Tai Kwun – 10 Hollywood Road – Central