About Us


The Hong Kong International Literary Festival (HKILF) inspires the joy of reading by bringing the world’s writers and stories to Hong Kong’s diverse communities. 

A dynamic year-round programme and an annual festival in November offer dialogue, entertainment and perspective, while the Young Readers Festival in the spring motivates young people to engage with all aspects of the written word, improving English language skills and nurturing an informed global outlook. 

The annual festival features established and emerging writers from around the world in a programme that includes panel discussions, book talks, literary lunches and dinners, readings, workshops, and performance. Following our 20th edition in 2020, HKILF continues inspire and illuminate Hong Kong readers with innovative programming.  


HKILF is an acknowledged landmark in the city’s cultural landscape and has brought a distinguished roster of guests to Hong Kong for twenty years. Past speakers include Margaret Atwood, Seamus Heaney, Amy Tan, Amitav Ghosh, Kevin Kwan, Jhumpa Lahiri, Cheryl Strayed, David Sedaris, Junot Diaz, Pico Iyer, Ken Hom, Carol Ann Duffy, Kiran Desai, Ian Rankin, Yann Martel and Dinaw Mengestu, among many others.  

HKILF a not-for-profit, charitable organization dedicated to bringing the best in the literary arts to Hong Kong.