Jung Chang, Kyung-sook Shin, Åke Edwardsen, Evie Wyld, Luke Wright and more


(Hong Kong, 24 September, 2013) The Hong Kong International Literary Festival, one of Asia’s premier literary festivals, today announces the lineup for its 13th edition, themed “The Stories Begin”. From 1 to 10 November the Hong Kong International Literary Festival will offer a diverse programme of 53 exciting events.

Promoting the literary arts, the non-profit, charitable organization invites writers from Hong Kong and countries around the world such as Mainland China, South Korea, the Scandinavian countries of Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland, India as well as the US, England and Australia. Among the participants are award-winning authors, bestselling novelists and red-hot performance poet.

“As with past festivals, we have an exciting lineup of writers for the 10-day duration, including featured authors Jung Chang and Kyung-sook Shin, Ma Jian, Xiaolu Guo and Graeme Simsion, Nordic crime fiction writers Åke Edwardson, Antti Tuomainen and Thomas Enger, Christian Moerk and Nordic literary writers Sjón and Christian Jungersen.  We welcome Granta novelist Evie Wyld, New Yorker “20 under 40” Ethiopian novelist Dinaw Mengestu, popular performance poet Luke Wright, Dickens specialist Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, bestselling novelist of the werewolf genre Glen Duncan, US novelists Sarah Bynum and Andrew Lam, as well as Australian writer of migrant experience, Alice Pung.  Also joining our roster are our city’s very own talent such as Duncan Jepson, Rob Lilwall, Xu Xi, Justin Hill, Palani Mohan, Phillip Kim and one of our ex-directors Douglas Kerr,” the Festival’s General Manager Paul Tam explains.

“This year, our festival events will be grouped under 8 different series to make it easier for our patrons to navigate through the lineup and select events and authors based on their literary tastes”, adds Paul Tam. “And we are delighted and proud to join forces with BBC, The Forum, to present two panel discussions, led by presenter Bridget Kendall, which will be broadcast to global audience and listeners.”

For more information on the full program, please go to: www.festival.org.hk.

Ticketing information:

Priority postal booking begins on 24 September and through to 2 October. For an e-brochure, please go on www.festival.org.hk. For print version, please contact events@festival.org.hk.

 Tickets will go on sale for the public from 3 October, either online through www.cityline.com (for all Fringe Club, Kee Club, The Helena May, City University of Hong Kong and Home events) / www.urbtix.com (for all Hong Kong Arts Centre events) or in person at Tom Lee Music branches.

Full-time students are entitled to a discount of 50% for the non-Schools Programme events.  With quota and on a first-come-first-served basis.

For Press Enquiries, please contact: 

Hong Kong International Literary Festival
Paul Tam
General Manager
Tel: (852) 2877 9797 / 9650 6818
Email : paul.tam@festival.org.hk

Rachel Yang
PR Coordinator
Tel: (852) 2807 0299
Email : rachel.yang@catchonco.com