As Patron of the Irrawaddy Literary Festival, I am looking forward to its third event in 2015. The Festival is providing an important open forum for Burma's literary talent. Its stimulating mix of gifted writers from overseas and some of our most accomplished Burmese authors, cartoonists, translators and artists, has helped to shine a spotlight on the arts and literature in Burma. The next Festival will strengthen existing bonds and encourage yet more creativity between Burma's writers and those from many other countries. It is also another opportunity for all those who care about literature to enjoy a world class Festival.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Welcome to the Irrawaddy Literary Festival website.

Now in its third year  we’re  proud to​ have the continued ​patronage of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the ​participation​ of the global literary community, and the enthusiasm of all our attendees.

The 2015 Festival promises to be even better than the first two. Join us in Mandalay, 28-30 March for another exciting, eclectic programme featuring many new and talented writers alongside their established  counterparts from Myanmar and around the world.

All programmed events are free to the public : entry is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Festival will again present three days of discussion panels, workshops and individual talks from the authors, along with a variety of cultural exhibitions: book stalls, film screenings, photography and art exhibitions, food and handicraft stalls and more…