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 offer dialogue, entertainment and perspective, while the Young Readers Festival (YRF) motivates students to engage with all aspects of the written word, improving communication skills, while nurturing the art of writing and storytelling.
The annual festival features established and emerging writers from around the world, alongside local literary talents, in a programme that includes panel discussions, book talks, readings, workshops, walks, school programmes, performances, and more.
HKILF is an acknowledged landmark in the city’s cultural landscape and has brought a distinguished roster of guests to Hong Kong for over twenty years. Past speakers include Margaret Atwood, Amy Tan, Shehan Karunatilaka, Irvine Welsh, Kevin Kwan, Jonathan Kaufman, Cheryl Strayed, David Sedaris, Jason Reynolds, Pico Iyer, Ian Rankin, Yann Martel, Julia Donaldson, Neil Gaiman, Michael Morpurgo and Emily St. John Mandel, among many others.
We are a charitable organisation dedicated to bringing the best in the literary arts to Hong Kong.
It is the mission of the HKILF and the YRF to inspire and engage the community of Hong Kong with literary rich experiences; to provide authentic opportunities that promote reading, writing, and creative storytelling in both English and Chinese.
We aim to preserve the joy and knowledge that grows when we can successfully communicate and learn about ourselves and the wider world through stories, language, and culture.
Events & Publicity Assistant
Hong Kong International Literary Festival
Young Readers Festival
The Festival would like to thank the following corporations, government bodies and organisations for their generosity and support.