Writers' festivals have mushroomed around the world in recent years. They provide bookworms, writers and artists with an excellent excuse to travel to marvellous destinations such as Ubud in Bali, Galle in Sri Lanka and various Australian, Canadian and European cities. All writers' festivals offer great opportunities for meeting like-minded literature enthusiasts, learning new writing techniques and simply having a good time.
The small village of Ubud on the beautiful island of Bali in Indonesia is recognised as one of the most important cultural and artistic centres in Asia. Its annual Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is a celebration of international and Asian literature, a must-visit for burgeoning writers, published authors and all lovers of literature. The program includes four days of panel sessions, writing-related and cultural workshops, special children workshops, feature events and a free evening program.
The Galle Literary Festival was held for the first time in 2007 in Galle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the southern coast of Sri Lanka. It is already regarded by many as quickly becoming the most important writers' festival in the world. Writers, literature and art lovers from around the world come together for a celebration of writing, photography, ecology, architecture and food. It includes a large variety of sessions, workshops and tours related to all of these topics.
Australia has a long tradition of writers' festivals, with dozens of events scattered throughout the year. The most renowned festivals are held every year in Sydney, Melbourne and in the beautiful coastal town of Byron Bay.
Canada is another country with a rich literary tradition and several important writers' festivals in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa and Winnipeg. Last but not least, literary festivals are booming in Europe as well. The annual Prague writers' festival and various events at the Warehouse Theatre in London are most popular on the old continent.
Writers' festivals are lots of fun and they let you experience different cultures with distinct literature and arts traditions. They can be an excellent source of inspiration if you visit them with an open mind.