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About Literary Festival


The Shanghai International Literary Festival is China’s leading English-language literary festival, creating a dialogue between writers and readers along Shanghai’s famous Bund. Founded and organized by Michelle Garnaut of the M Restaurant Group, each year the festival brings together emerging and established writers of all genres for a taste of the current literary landscape.

Each festival spans two weekends and includes panel discussions, literary lunches, workshops and live events throughout the week as well as kids’ sessions, big names and more on the weekend. All sessions are uploaded online via the festival podcast (available on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play).

Over the past 17 years, the Shanghai International Literary Festival has hosted over 1,000 writers and has seen some of the world’s greatest writers and thinkers in conversation. 




Gish Jen


The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap

FRI, Mar 14, 12:00

Billy Griffiths


Deep Time Dreaming: An Exploration of Australia’s Past & Present

Thur, Mar 14, 18:00

Jin Yucheng


Blossoms 《繁Fan花Hua》

Sat, 16 Mar, 10:00

Michael Brooks


The Quantum Astrologer’s Handbook

Sat, Mar 16, 12:00

Shirana Shahbazi & Manuel Krebs


A Thousand Words

Sat, Mar 16, 14:00

Christopher Doyle


Words of Image Quality

Sat, Mar 16, 16:00

Tess Johnston



Daisy Kwok: A Life of Old & New Shanghai

Sun, Mar 17, 10:00

Alan Hollinghurst


The Sparsholt Affair

Sun, Mar 17, 12:00

Sema Kaygusuz


Roots: Folktales, Legends and Stories That Inspire Modern Writing Today

Sun, Mar 17, 14:00

FT Great Debate


Is Brexit best for Britain?

Sun, Mar 17, 16:00

Poetry Panel


Mapping Chinese History via Poetry: Han Bo and the Chinese Eastern Railway

Tue, Mar 19, 12:00

Olivia Martin McGuire


ChinaLove: Wedding Culture in China

Tue, Mar 19, 18:00

Rao Pingru


Our Story: A Love That Survived War, Famine & Incarceration

Wed, Mar 20, 12:00

Colin Barrett


Young Skins

WED, Mar 20, 18:00

Peter Crane


Ginkgo: The Tree that Time Forgot

Thur, Mar 21, 12:00

Melinda Liu


Doolittle Raiders: A China Story

Thur, Mar 21, 18:00

Richard Fidler


Ghost Empire: A Journey into Medieval Constantinople

FRI, Mar 22, 12:00

Zohab Zee Khan


Spoken Word Poetry: An Artform

Fri, Mar 22, 18:00

Michelle Dickinson


Science is Everywhere

Sat, Mar 23, 10:00

Hao Jing Fang


Folding Beijing: Hao Jingfang & Austin Woerner in Conversation

Sat, Mar 23, 12:00

Cruz Garcia & Nathalie Frankowski


New Universalisms: Architecture, Form and Narratives in the Age of Planetary Challenges 

Mar 23, 14:00

Paul French


Destination Shanghai: The Lost, the Wanted, the Famous & the Forgotten Sojourners to China

Sat, Mar 23, 16:00

Stephen Brusatte


The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

Sun, Mar 24, 10:00


Edward Larson


To the Edges of the Earth: A Race to the Poles

Sun, Mar 24, 12:00

David Abulafia


The Great Sea: A Human History of The Mediterranean

Sun, Mar 24, 14:00

Qiu Xiaolong


The Bund Park – 12th Volume in the Inspector Chen Series

Sun, Mar 24, 16:00

Jed Emerson


The Purpose of Capital: Elements of Impact, Financial Flows and Personal Being

Mon, Mar 25, 12:00

Veeraporn Nitiprapha


The Blind Earthworm in the Labyrinth

Mon, Mar 25, 18:00

Margaret Sun


Betwixt And Between: A memoir of New China

Tue, Mar 26, 12:00

Karoline Kan


Under Red Skies: Three Generations of Life, Loss, and Hope in China

Tue, Mar 26, 18:00

Liam Callanan


What makes Paris, Paris?

Wed, Mar 27, 12:00

Adrian Bradshaw


40 Years On…A photographic Look Back at China in the 80s

Wed, Mar 27, 18:00