/ 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.

/ 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.