Tash Aw. Photo: Stacy Liu.

If you love surrounding yourself with culture, creativity and arts, this needs to be on your to-do list. The George Town Literary festival returns this year from 29 November to 1 December. Here you can find inspiring writers, delicious food and tranquil surroundings, all together in one place.

The theme for this year’s festival is “The Ties that Bind” and it explores how writers deal with separation from their homeland and issues of hope, history and remembrance. The festival will host over 20 renowned writers from the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, India, Australia, Italy and Malaysia who will collectively celebrate world literature in poetry, prose and the spoken word.

This year’s headliner is Malaysian writer and cartoonist Datuk Lat alongside literary favorites like Tash Aw, Shamini Flint, Chiew-Siah Tei, Dr. Ghulam Sarwar-Yousof, Cecil Rajendra, Huzir Sulaiman and many more. The festival is curated by writer and poet Bernice Chauly.

Another attraction to look out for is the 3D viewing debut of The Gift of Rain trail inspired by Tan Twan Eng’s first novel.  Experience scenes from the book by stepping into their real life settings. The trail will take place in the historical streets of George Town and then up the Penang hill finally to conclude with a seafood dinner with the author himself.

All events are free except for The Gift of Rain trail. Read our interview with Tash Aw, author of The Harmony Silk Factory and Five Star Billionaire, here.

Mehek Saeed

Find out more at http://www.georgetownlitfest.com.