/ When Bernice met Hanne: Two writers on exchanging ideas and asking hard questions

20 December 2015

Festival director, Bernice Chauly, caught up with Norwegian novelist Hanne Ørstavik, winner of the Dobloug Prize (2002) and the Brage Prize (2004). Relatively unknown in Malaysia, Hanne has written 14 novels and been translated into 18 languages.


/ George Town Literary Festival 2015: The notions of identity

13 December 2015

Among the many interesting, quirky events at last month’s George Town Literary Festival (GTLF), a couple of panel discussions caught our attention with topics that proposed to examine the place Malaysian writing holds within the nation and its people, and ideas that are “dangerous”.


/ By George, what a festival!

5 December 2015

GTLF 2015 writer, Danton Remoto, gushes about his wonderful experience at the George Town Literary Festival, joining more than 50 other writers from all over the world.


/ George Town Literary Festival looks at where Malaysians are… and where we think we’re going

26 November 2015

The George Town Literary Festival, which celebrates the literary world of poetry, prose and spoken words, is back and will run from November 27 to 29. Noted Malaysian writer, poet and educator Bernice Chauly also returns as the festival director, having curated the first three editions of the event.


/ Book your vacation: Literary festivals around Asia

3 April 2015

Each year, literary festivals report record attendance. Asia boasts an estimated 60 literary festivals, making it clear that new generations of writers and readers are still moved by the written word. George Town Literary Festival made it to the list of six highly recommended literary festivals in Asia by the Myanmar Times.


/ Words on Malaysian Writing

6 December 2014

George Town Literary Festival 2014 discussed the array of benefits and tribulations that the altered scope of modern-day publishing has to offer through a series of lectures, classrooms and conversations, with titles like What Publishers Want, Inventing Characters, The Art Of Political Biography and Polish Your Writing.


/ Lit fest ruminations

4 December 2014

Fresh from the George Town Literary Festival – the fourth in the series – and while waiting for their flight their respective homes in the Klang Valley, Ahmad Fuad Rahmat and Sharaad Kuttan look back at ideas and notions embedded in the many conversations they had at the annual gab-fest.


/ George Town Literary Festival returns to Penang

28 November 2014

Umapagan Ambikaipagan, the festival’s director, says that Malaysians crave debate and have been doing it a lot more these days. However, the level of discourse leaves a lot to be desired if only because we have been living under a shroud of control.


/ The George Town Literary Festival returns with a capital edge

25 November 2014

This year, Umapagan, the man behind the now two-year-old, mid-year Cooler Lumpur Festival, assumes the role of curator of the annual George Town Literary Festival (GTLF), taking over from author/poet Bernice Chauly.


/ The written word finds festival joy in exotic Asian locales

3 October 2014

With Asian authors gaining wider acclaim, literary festivals have mushroomed across the region. Bloomberg lists George Town Literary Festival as one of the four must-visit literary festivals in Asia.