Kuala Lumpur Literary Festival is making its debut this year. With the “Letters of the Archipelago” as its theme, it is a platform where writers, readers, literary figures and art practitioners gather and create a robust exchange of ideas and knowledge that is informed and inspired by literature in its many forms.


Among the activities that will be held are forums with international poets and writers as panel speakers, a dramatic reading session of Faust & Mephisto by Latiff Mohidin, live performances, workshops, exhibitions, arts and crafts vendors, and many more.


Kuala Lumpur Literary Festival will be held at APW Bangsar on 11th – 13th Nov 2016, from 11:00am to 11:00pm.


Perbadanan Kota Buku was inspired in line with the ambitions of the National Book Policy that recommends an establishment of a “Book City” in Malaysia. It is a one-stop centre for readers, writers and publishers, and helps them engage with each other in various book-related activities. Perbadanan Kota Buku is also the official organiser for Kuala Lumpur Literary Festival.

About KL Literary Fesival

"Letters of the Archipelago"

Making its debut this year, the Kuala Lumpur Literary Festival (KLLF) will be held from 11th to 13th November 2016. With the theme "Letters of the Archipelago", KLLF promises to be a platform to gather writers, readers, literary figures and arts practitioners for a robust exchange of ideas and knowledge that is informed by, and inspired from, literature in its many forms. By holding up a mirror to society or presenting counter narratives that enrich our understanding of reality, literature pushes the boundaries of what is the ‘norm’ and what is ‘different.’ In this, literature is especially poised to address the theme of diversity.

Guest Writers

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Carlomar Daoana

A regular columnist for the Arts and Culture section of the Philippine Star, he teaches at the Fine Arts Department of the Ateneo de Manila University.
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Latiff Mohidin

one of Southeast Asia’s most influential cultural figures. His artistry meditates the spiritual nature of things, a spontaneous interlocking of geometry and organic forms.
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Marzanna Kielar

a poet, grew up in Gołdap in northern Poland. She graduated in Philosophy from the Warsaw University and is a Professor at the Christian Theological Academy, Department of Education, Warsaw.
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Sapardi Djoko

widely regarded as the pioneer of lyrical poetry in Indonesia, was born in Solo, Central Java, on 20 March 1940. He studied English literature at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, and has translated many works of fiction and poetry from English into Indonesian.
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Nikola Madzirov

one of the most powerful voices in contemporary European poetry. He is the author of several award-winning collections of poetry, including Locked in the City (1999), Somewhere Nowhere (1999), and Relocated Stone (2007).