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CHINA: Shanghai International Literary Festival

19th Jan 2018


Boutique Tours & Travel invites you to join them at the 16th Shanghai International Literary Festival. This annual literary feast is a glorious mix of writers from around the world including novelists, food writers, journalists, intellectuals, historians and travel writers.

Cosmopolitan Shanghai was referred to as the ‘Paris of the East’  during colonial times and is now a stunning, vibrant and stylish modern city.

We will indulge in a variety of cuisine, cultural and shopping experiences. 

We journey to Xian and visit the amazing Terracotta Warriors. We also travel to Hangzhou, considered to be the most beautiful city in China. (You decide!)

So gather a couple of friends or three, maybe a group of friends or as a solo traveller and come join us and share our passion on this amazing vibrant city of Shanghai. 



The M Literary Festival has been running for 15 years, with the launch of the Shanghai International Literary Festival in 2003. Organised by and hosted at M on the Bund, the Shanghai Festival has grown from small beginnings into one of China’s leading English-language literary events.
The Festival has attracted many local and regional authors as well as others from well over 20 countries around the world. The festivals aim to bring together the best in fiction, literary non-fiction, journalism, the arts, poetry, current affairs, film, exploration and travel writing, economics and history, health and philosophy, food, wine and cookery and children’s writing, too.
Activities include interviews and readings, poetry slams and film screenings, panel discussions and writing workshops, sessions on photography, art and poetry. The festival features both acclaimed and emerging writers and include winners of the world's leading literary prizes, including the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the Man Booker Prize, the National Book Award for Fiction, the Miles Franklin Award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and many others. To date we have hosted over 1000 writers.
The festival is entirely not-for-profit and we rely on the generous contribution of our sponsors and partners to help underwrite the substantial costs involved and to make it possible.

Festival Objectives:
The festivals offer the residents of Shanghai and Beijing the opportunity to celebrate writers and their writing, with the following objectives:
• Foster a love of reading and discussion, debate and exchange of ideas 

• Promote the careers of emerging writers. 

• Support and encourage the translation of Chinese literature into other languages, and visa versa 

• Provide a focal point for the initiation of public- and private-sector- sponsored programs to develop writing in China. 

Festival Achievements
• Participation by “big name” authors has given the M Literary Festival a reputation for excellence 

• Support of emerging and established authors such as Timothy Garton Ash, Gore Vidal, Guo Xiaolu, Anna Funder, Thomas Keneally, Mohammed Hanif, H M Naqvi, Harold McGee, Christopher Doyle, William Dalrymple, Benjamin Law, Etgar Keret, David Grossman, Pankaj Mishra, Amitav Ghosh, Emma Donoghue, Matt Groenig (The Simpsons), Peter Hessler, Claire Keegan, Chris Patten, David Pilling, Arundhati Roy and others. 

• Extensive media coverage of the M Literary Festival, its authors and its sponsors in the Financial Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Economist and the Sydney Morning Herald, the United States’ National Public Radio, and it has been the subject of an Australian Broadcasting Corporation documentary. Media coverage in China includes English- language, as well as some Chinese language coverage, with the M Literary Festival dominating English-language media during the festivals. 

• An international community of support has been built between leading consulates, local businesses, international and local arts organisations and international schools who sponsor M Literary Festival authors in both cities. 

• Through the consulates and councils, festival authors also speak to students at major universities such as Jiaotong, Fudan and Tongji Universities. 

• Commercial publishers use the M Literary Festival to launch books. Past launches have included Penguin’s English-language edition of Jiang Rong’s Wolf Totem, Art Deco Shanghai by Deke Erh and Tess Johnston, Operation Yao Ming by Brook Larmer, national launch of Age of Ambition by Evan Osnos, Bending Adversity national launch by FT editor David Pilling and the national launch of Not Quite a Diplomat by Chris Patten.