George Town Literary Festival

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George Town Literary Festival
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Location(s)George Town, Penang
CountryMalaysia Malaysia

George Town Literary Festival (GTLF) is an annual festival which takes place in the city of George Town, Penang, Malaysia. The 3-day festival takes place every last weekend of November.[1]

George Town Literary Festival is the only literary festival which is funded by the state government in Malaysia. The festival celebrates the literary world of poetry, prose and spoken words, the annual state-sponsored festival hosts various writers, novelists, spoken word artists and more from diverse writing disciplines.

The festival was first organised in 2011 with a line up of 5 writers.[2] From 2011 to 2014, the festival was organised by Penang Global Tourism. Penang Institute, the state’s public policy think tank took over the reins in 2015.


  1. ^ "The George Town Literary Festival returns with a capital edge". The Star. 25 November 2014. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  2. ^ "George Town Literary Festival looks at where Malaysians are… and where we think we're going". The Malay Mail. 26 November 2015. Retrieved 2016-05-11.