International Literature Live

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

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European Writers – a programme of EUNIC London

European Writers is an ongoing project of EUNIC London, the network of European cultural institutes and embassies in the United Kingdom, that takes place throughout the year in London and around the country in order to promote European literature.  Throughout the year, European Writers invites authors to talk and meet audiences at major British literature festivals as well as a range of talks and events at the British Library. More information at


Festival of the European Short Story (FESS)

Festival of the European Short Story (FESS) was started in 2002 as one of the first festivals in Europe dedicated to this literary form. What makes the FESS different from most other Croatian festivals is the cooperation with Croatian publishers, the availability of stipends and other opportunities for the development of young translators, systematic work on presenting contemporary Croatian writers to the rest of the world through contacts established during festival events… in a word, an awareness that, if it wants to be alive, the Festival cannot exist without those who make the literary scene in which it breathes.

To this day, more than 250 writers from all over Europe and further have visited FESS. The Festival has been hosted in eight Croatian cities. Fifteen anthologies of the European short story have been published and promoted at the Festival. Within the Festival, several translation workshops in contemporary European literatures have been organized and in cooperation with international partners their winners have been awarded study visits to Poland, Italy, Ireland, Sweden, Latvia and Spain.

Haus für Poesie

Since its foundation in 1991, the Haus für Poesie, formerly the Literaturwerkstatt Berlin, has been promoting and supporting all areas of literature, but especially poetry, both as the written word and in conjunction with other art forms and media. Its work has focused exclusively on poetry since 2000. It is the venue where contemporary poetry in all its diversity of forms is showcased and discussed.

The Haus für Poesie runs a number of projects, including, worldwide largest multilingual database of poets, poems and poetry reading recordings, Poesiefestival Berlin and Zebra Poetry Film Festival, the largest of its kind in the world.

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.

Jaipur Literature Festival, India

Jaipur Literature Festival is the largest literary festival in Asia-Pacific and the most prestigious celebration of national and international literature to be held in India, encompassing a range of readings, talks, debates, performances, children’s workshops and interactive activities and held in the beautiful heritage property, Diggi Palace in the Rajasthani capital of Jaipur.

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.