/ Press Statement for George Town Literary Festival Zunar solidarity watch

28 November 2016

On 27 November 2016, Malaysian cartoonist Zunar was released a day after his arrest in George Town under the Sedition Act. The following is a press statement from festival director Bernice Chauly on behalf of the George Town Literary Festival in response to his release.


/ Malaysian cartoonist arrested for criticism of prime minister Najib Razak

27 November 2016

Critics say levels of repression are reaching ‘dangerous levels’ after police detained Zunar at the George Town Literary Festival and charged him with sedition.


/ In search of belonging

18 November 2016

The Welsh word “hiraeth” has no equivalent English language. Simply put it, it means “the longing for a homeland that is no longer there”. Over 60 writers, poets, performers, filmmakers and musicians from all around the world will converge in George Town to discuss this theme.


/ Malaysia’s only state-funded literary festival is the bravest place to be this tengkujuh

2 November 2016

LITERARY festivals don’t get the kind of attention they once garnered from Malaysian media — take for instance George Town Literary Festival (GTLF). Opening in three weeks, the annual congregation is a star-studded affair graced by some of the world’s brightest thinkers.


/ George Town Literary Festival Scores A.C. Grayling and literary achievers for a bit of ‘Hiraeth’

1 October 2016

HIRAETH (pronounced hɨraɪ̯θ) is a unique Welsh noun which has no direct English translation. It’s kind of like a homesickness devoted to the past, or a “longing for a homeland that is no longer there”. This special word adorns the sixth George Town Literary Festival (GTLF) in elegant cursive font juxtaposed against a distressed white background.


/ A question of identity: GTLF 2015

30 January 2016

The UNMC Literature & Drama society reflects on their literary experience when they returned from George Town attending the fifth edition of the George Town Literary Festival.


/ 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.