Literary festivals link up to form The Word Alliance to collaborate on events and resources

Five international literary festivals have formed The Word Alliance (TWA) as a way of collaborating on both events and resources.The alliance was launched on 31st August by Nick Barley, director of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Alongside Edinburgh the five festivals involved are the Melbourne Writers Festival; the Bookworm International Literary Festival, Beijing; the International Literature Festival in Berlin; and the International Festival of Authors in Toronto.

It is expected that the alliance will expand to include Africa, India, the USA and Latin America.

A statement from TWA said: "TWA will be a platform for artistic collaboration, expansion of online content, professional, audience and organisational development and an international touring programme for authors."

A touring programme for next year will be announced over the next few months.