About The Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference

Edinburgh World Writers' Conference, Scotland - August 2012

Presented by the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the British Council, the Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference is a unique series of events that are bringing writers together around the world to create an historic picture of the role of literature today. The conversation began in August 2012 at the Edinburgh International Book Festival where 50 world renowned writers joined members of the public every afternoon of 17 – 21 August 2012 to discuss the five topics that almost brought writers to blows during the infamous Writers’ Conference of 1962.

In Malaysia, panellists will be having discussions on the topics of “Censorship Today“, “Should Literature be Political” and “A National Literature” to add to the already bubbling discussions that had been happening around the world. Click here to find out who will be on which panel, as well as the schedule of each panel.

Edinburgh World Writers' Conference in Malaysia

Following the events in Edinburgh, the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature, the World Writers’ Conference visits Berlin, Cape Town, Toronto, Krasnoyarsk, Cairo, Jaipur, Izmir, Beijing, Brussels, Port of Spain (Trinidad), St Malo, Lisbon, Kuala Lumpur and Melbourne, giving writers in different countries the chance to add their voice to the growing debate about literature and its relationship to contemporary life. The conversation will be ongoing throughout 2012-13, with regular live streaming of events worldwide, videos and blogs, all available at the EWWC website: http://www.edinburghworldwritersconference.org

The Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference is supported by the British Council, Borders Malaysia, the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund, Creative Scotland, the City of Edinburgh Council and Event Scotland.