The Link: Literature Festivals

Bookmark these six bestselling events for global wordsmiths and intrepid readers, beginning with the Hay Festival 

Hay Festival of Literature & the Arts, Wales, UK. Until June 5, 2016.

Up to 100,000 intelligentsia descend on the sleepy town of Hay-on-Wye for 10 days in the beautiful Brecon Beacons, to celebrate great writing from poets and scientists, lyricists and comedians, novelists and environmentalists, and the power of great ideas to transform our way of thinking.

Edinburgh International Book Festival, Scotland, UK. August, 13-29, 2016. 

The world’s largest literary event even has a festival within its festival, Jura Unbound, where authors can try out new approaches with audiences. 

Irrawaddy Literary Festival, Mandalay, Myanmar. Nov 25-27, 2016. 

A champion for freedom of speech, this festival focuses on the country’s rich literary history, while introducing the Burmese to previously inaccessible modern literature. 

Sydney Writers’ Festival, Sydney, Australia. May 22-28, 2017. 

This festival holds regular workshops and talks throughout the year: most recently Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert spoke on embracing curiosity. 

ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, Jaipur, India. January 19-27, 2017. 

Headlining at the colourful Diggi Palace this year is Margaret Atwood and economist Thomas Piketty, presenting his critique of the Western market economy. 

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, Dubai, UAE. March 3-11, 2017.

A debate on Shakespeare’s place in Arabic literature and a talk by UK poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy feature this year at the Middle East’s biggest literary celebration. Hay Festival of Literature & the Arts, Wales, UK