International Literature Live

A list of festivals, events series and venues where you can experience live international literature


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Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, Wales, UK

Described as ‘the Woodstock of the mind’ the Hay Festival has expanded over 25 years from a small local event on the Welsh border to a literay and cultural event on a staggering scale, co-ordinating 15 sister-festivals on 5 continents in Beirut, Belfast, Bogota, Budapest, Cartagena, Dhaka, Hay, Istanbul, Kerala, Kolkata, Merthyr, Nairobi, Riochacha, Torornto and Xalapa.

The Romanian Cultural Institute

The Romanian Cultural Institute aims to increase the visibility, prestige and knowledge of Romanian Culture abroad. With offices based in cities around the world, it works as a diplomatic mission, a cultural management unit, an artistic and PR agency and as a centre for research and documentation.

The institutes support Romanian literary projects in each of the countries they are based in. Visit: for more information.

In London the institute aims to publish the best in Romanian literature with the best publishing houses. At the same time, it works to increase the circulation of Romanian names among the British reading public through Romanian events at major British literary festivals, and book fairs such as the London Book Fair. It organises readings, talks, book launches and publishes extracts in literary magazines. Visit

10Tal / The Stockholm Poetry Festival, Stockholm, Sweden

The Stockholm International Poetry Festival, founded in 1997, is a glowing blend of poetry, music, dance, theatre and festivities.

Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair is held every April. It holds a series of events focussing on international literature.

Asian Word

The Asian Word curates and produces live literature events, mainly focused on writing about Asia or Asians, from the eastern Mediterranean to the Pacific. Founded by Adrienne Loftus Parkins, The Asian Word  brings the genre of Pan-Asian writing to the British public to promote understanding of  the varied cultures of that vast continent, and to foster understanding of Asian communities in Britain. The Asian Word run individual events, themed series and festivals focusing on fiction and non-fiction writing about Asia, Asians and Asian diaspora.  They also run the Asia House Festival of Asian Literature, which is the only festival in the UK dedicated to writing about Asia and Asians. It takes place annually in May at  Asia House in Marylebone, central London. The Asian Word also creates events for museums, galleries, theatre groups and other literature festivals and programmes.

Baltic Centre for Writers and Translators

Baltic Centre for Writers and Translators was established in 1993 and since 1996 the Centre has been under the auspices of UNESCO. BCWT stimulates literary and cultural contacts between the countries in the Baltic Sea region, providing a space for literary professionals to work and meet and organising seminars and other projects, including an annual poetry festival.

BCWT is also a part of the international network of European translators´centres. The supporting organisation (since 1994) of the BCWT is the Baltic Writers´ Council. BCWT is a non-profit organisation. Members of the BCWT are the Swedish Writers´ Union, the County Administration of Gotland and the Municipality of Gotland. The centre is financed mainly by the Swedish Arts Council and the Gotland Municipality.

Barcelona Poesía, Spain

The festival was first staged in 1985 and has since grown from one evening to a week-long programme, becoming a top cultural event packed with readings and activites at the Palau de la Musica Catalana and around the city.

Biennale Internationale des poètes en Val-de-Marne, France

Open to all types of creative writing, the biennale festival invites the audience gathered in various venues across Val de Marne to reflect on the role and influence of the poetry in the modern world, explore the newest literary trends, and enjoy multicultural all-inclusive atmosphere.

Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival, Canada

The first Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival took place April 19 to 23, 1999. Its events, which took place in French or English or both, included the first Blue Metropolis Translation Slam and literacy/community writing activities, as well as readings, on-stage interviews, and panel discussions.

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