Three days of literature, ideas and inspiration.

28 - 30 November 2014

"One of the best literary festivals in the world" - Tan Twan Eng


30 writers from all over the world.


Panel discussions, keynote talks and more.


Learn more about writing and publishing with the experts.

Download the festival programme by day: Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Download the festival calendar here.


Speakers for this year's festival

Here's the list of speakers at this year's festival. More will be announced soon.

Miguel Syjuco (Philippines/Canada)
Susan Barker (UK)
Kassim Ahmad (Malaysia)
Wong Phui Nam (Malaysia)
Eddin Khoo (Malaysia)
Said El Haji (Netherlands)
Sonny Liew (Singapore)
Ooi Kee Beng (Singapore/Malaysia)
Amir Muhammad (Malaysia)
John Krich (Malaysia)
Shivani Sivagurunathan (Malaysia)
Julya Oui (Malaysia)

Bernadette Foley (Australia)
Brian Stoddart (Australia)
Sudeep Sen (India)
Leila S. Chudori (Indonesia)
Sudhir Thomas Vadaketh (Singapore)
Thomas Wohlfahrt (Germany)
Tom Vater (Thailand)
Hans Kemp (Thailand)
Zan Azlee (Malaysia)
Marco Ferrarese (Malaysia)
Arif Rafhan Othman (Malaysia)
Tunku Halim (Malaysia)
Ksatriya (Malaysia)
Sheena Baharudin (Malaysia)
Regina Ibrahim (Malaysia)
Rozlan Mohd. Noor (Malaysia)
Pamela Ong (Malaysia)
Khoo Salma (Malaysia)
Sharaad Kuttan (Malaysia)
Ahmad Fuad Rahmat (Malaysia)
Bernice Chauly (Malaysia)
Maya Tan Abdullah (Malaysia)
CK Lam (Malaysia)
Ken Tho (Malaysia)


The George Town Lecture Series

A series of lectures committed to bringing the smartest, most engaging, and influential people in order to encourage thought-provoking conversations and ideas.


The George Town Classrooms

For the first time, this year’s George Town Literary Festival will feature a series of workshops and masterclasses by some of the best and the brightest in their fields.


The Festival Will Be Held At

The Whiteaways Arcade, Lebuh Pantai

The Whiteaways Arcade is a restored row of colonial shoplots in the heart of George Town's UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since the late 18th Century, Lebuh Pantai (or Beach Street) has been a busy mercantile area and a centre for trade. This double-storey arcade, first built in 1903, was newly restored in 2011 as The Whiteaways Arcade, featuring boutique shops, cafés and arts venues.


Sponsorship plays a major role in the success of our event.

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Official Venue


Get in touch

For more information, please contact us using the form below.

Contact info

Penang Global Tourism No. 8-B (First Floor) The Whiteaways Arcade Lebuh Pantai, George Town 10300 Penang, MALAYSIA

Tel: +604 264 3456

Fax: +604 264 3455