The Hong Kong International Literary Festival

2016 Festival


Bei Dao, Lionel Shriver, Hanya Yanagihara, Adam Johnson, Hyeonseo Lee, Sarah Howe amongst some of the names to feature.

See an online version of the brochure here.

Celebrated writers from a diverse range of literary corners, including fiction, history, poetry, fitness and science, will come together this autumn in a programme of more than 35 events, spanning across ten days from 4 to 13 November. There are talks, literary lunches, readings, panel discussions and a gala dinner to choose from, with ticket prices average at just over $100.

Tickets are available now via our website or at

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Some of the world’s greatest storytellers will gather for a series of events designed to have the city reading, talking and debating.

Highlights of the 2015 programme include:

An Evening with Lionel Shriver: The Festival’s annual gala dinner with best-selling author Lionel Shriver, whose 2003 novel We Need to Talk About Kevin won the Orange Prize and was later made in to film.

World class voices: Leading voices in literature today include –

-Hanya Yanagihara, whose 2015 literary sensation A Little Life was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Kirkus Prize.

-Sarah Howe, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize in 2015 with her debut poetry collection Loop of Jade.

-British writer Helen Oyeyemi who was listed as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists.

-Sunil Yapa whose novel Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist was released earlier this year to great critical acclaim.

North Korea: 

-Defector, and now best-selling writer, Hyeonseo Lee will be talking about her memoir, The Girl With Seven Names, which details her harrowing escape from North Korea.

-Adam Johnson will be discussing his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Orphan Master’s Son as well as participating in a panel discussion which debates the question “Should we be visiting North Korea?”

-Writing in Translation: The art of translation plays a key role in the 2016 programme and we explore its importance in achieving cultural exchange. Participants include writers Tammy Ho and Sheng Keyi and translators Shelly Bryant and Jennifer Feeley.

-Budding writer workshops: We’re proud to offer a series of affordable workshops for those keen to hone their writing skills. Workshops include short story writing, children’s fiction writing and memoir writing.

Tickets go on sale on September 8th 2016 at

Full-time students are entitled to a discount of 50%. Student tickets are limited and will be available on a first-come first-served basis. For other enquiries about ticketing, please call (852) 2877 9770.

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