A rich archive of 50 events from our 20th edition is available to order individually or in bundles, for students of the humanities and readers of all ages.
Our 20th edition theme ‘Present Tense/Future Perfect’ explored in fiction and non-fiction how the world is responding to crises in health, inequality and climate change, and looked ahead to a range of issues that affect our everyday lives. Authors and panels examined issues around US politics and US-China relations, racism in Asia, the world post-COVID-19, and the future of food. Other highlights included Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan, marketing guru Rory Sutherland, Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee, and Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott discussing their latest book, The New Long Life: A Framework for Flourishing in a Changing World.
Going virtual in 2020 allowed us to bring a wider range of high-profile authors to the festival than ever before. These events are still available and you can access them singly or in bundles, ideal for students, book clubs, discussion groups, or as gifts for readers. View the Online Archive Brochure here, including two 2020 Booker Prize long-listed authors, Colum McCann and C Pam Zhang; Irish Fiction Laureate, Sebastian Barry; Pulitzer Prize winners Jhumpa Lahiri and Jonathan Kaufman; Vera and Shetland crime series author Ann Cleeves; poet Marilyn Chin, editor of The Atlantic David Frum; historians Thant Myint-U, and William Dalrymple; and journalists Ananth Krishnan, Bob Davis and Lingling Wei, as well as a vibrant group of Hong Kong and regional writers and speakers including Chan Koonchung, Dorothy Tse, Elizabeth Sinn and many more.