The Franschhoek Literary Festival - a celebration of books and writers.
A gathering of authors, poets, editors, illustrators and commentators taking part in over 100 events.
With a continuing focus on good accessible writing and diversity, the many Southern African writers range from renowned to little-known, and the topics from biography, history and politics to poetry, literary fiction and love stories.
The Franschhoek Literary Festival has gained a worldwide reputation as a respected celebration of books and writers, with a focus on promoting South African writing and reading, while exposing book lovers to some of their favourite international authors. The Franschhoek community both supports and contributes to this annual event, creating a true feast for all the senses.
The Festival runs from Friday to Sunday during the third weekend in May. The events take place in a variety of village venues within a few minutes' walk of each other, creating a vibrant ambience in streets buzzing with book-lovers.
The emphasis is on informal discussions and spirited debates between several writers with a chairperson, or one-on-one conversations and occasional talks. Starting at 10am and ending at 5pm, up to nine one-hour events run concurrently with half an hour between each (except where otherwise stated).
Fringe events include writing workshops and discussion groups, the Poetry for Life finals, theater performances and contemporary and classical music concerts.
CHARLES ABRAHAMS; WILLEM ANKER; GAIUTRA BAHADUR; SASKIA BAILEY; BERTUS BASSON; EMMA BEDFORD; COLLIN BELL; VIVIAN BICKFORD-SMITH; HLUMELO BIKO; TENDAI BITI; PATRICK BONGOY; DAVID BRISTOW; DARREL BRISTOW-BOVEY; DUNCAN BROWN; MARCUS BYRNE; ATHENKOSI CETYANA; REKGOTSOFETSE CHIKANE; PAUL CHOY; PETER CHURCH; IMRAAN COOVADIA; MARY CORRIGALL; KARIN CRONJE; DENNIS DAVIS; KIMON DE GREEF; LEON DE KOCK; KHAYA DLANGA; ANN DONALD; HARRIS DOUSEMETZIS; KAREN DUDLEY; JOHN DUGARD; TOM EATON; CHIKÉ FRANKIE EDOZIEN; HAGEN ENGLER; TRACEY FARREN; JUDITH FEBRUARY; MÁIRE FISHER; CRAIG FOSTER; CAROL GIBBS; BARRY GILDER; IAN GLENN; SUE GRANT-MARSHALL; ERNS GRUNDLING; GEORGINA GUEDES; XOLISA GUZULA; ADAM HABIB; ROS HADEN; PETER HAIN; ANTON HARBER; AMY HEYDENRYCH; CRAIG HIGGINSON; SIPHO HLONGWANE; STEPHAN HOFSTATTER; CLARE HOUSTON; PIPPA HUDSON; ENA JANSEN; JONATHAN JANSEN; SUMIRA JANUARY; RW JOHNSON; LINDA KAOMA; KARABO KGOLENG; SIHLE KHUMALO; FRED KHUMALO; ANTJIE KROG; LAURI KUBUITSILE; SICELO KULA; JOHN LABAND; LOREN LANDAU; HERMANN LATEGAN; MICHAEL LE CORDEUR; MICHELLE LE ROUX; MING-CHEAU LIN; ALISON LOWRY; QARNITA LOXTON; HELEN LUNN; LANDA MABENGE; JOANNE MACGREGOR; FRANÇOISE MALBY-ANTHONY; DOMINIQUE MALHERBE; PAMELA MALI; DESIREE-ANNE MARTIN; MOHALE MASHIGO; RALPH MATHEKGA; RACHEL MATSHA; JOHN MAYTHAM; EVA MAZZA; CAROLYN MCKINNEY; AFRICA MELANE; DEON MEYER; GREG MILLS; PHEHELLO MOFOKENG; LERATO MOGOATHLE; KHARNITA MOHAMED; BABALWAYASHE MOLATE; SIMON SEBAG MONTEFIORE Marcus Leoni / O Globo; HEATHER MORRIS; PRIMROSE MRWEBI; PIETER-LOUIS MYBURGH; BILL NASSON; RAY NDLOVU; SYLVIA NEAME; WANDILE NGCAWENI; MIKE NICOL; MASANDE NTSHANGA; SUE NYATHI; TANYA PAMPALONE; TONY PEAKE; VINCENT PIENAAR; DON PINNOCK; VANESSA RAPHAELY; CARSTEN RASCH; CHASE RHYS c Retha Ferguson; NANCY RICHARDS; ROB ROSE; AMALIA ROSENBLUM; JACQUES ROUSSEAU; TREVOR SACKS; MICHELLE SACKS; GAIL SCHIMMEL; LEON SCHREIBER; LESEGO SEMENYA; STEVEN BOYKEY SIDLEY; KATE SIDLEY; NKOSINATHI SITHOLE; LORRAINE SITHOLE; NKOSINATHI SITHOLE; SAMANTHA SMIRIN; FIONA SNYCKERS; PETER STOREY; ZANNA SŁONIOWSKA; RUTENDO TAVENGERWEI; BOTLHALE TEMA; IAIN THOMAS; LOUISA TREGER; MELUSI TSHABALALA; HEINRICH VAN DEN BERG; PIETER VAN ZYL; YVES VANDERHAEGHEN; MEG VANDERMERWE; IRMA VENTER; GRAHAM VINEY; IVAN VLADISLAVIC; DAVID WA MAAHLAMELA; MIKE WELZ; MARTIN WELZ; ATHOL WILLIAMS; MIKE WILLS; MARK WINKLER; INGRID WINTERBACH; DAN WYLIE; ZAPIRO
Franschhoek Literary Festival Programme (click here)
Tickets are available through www.webtickets.co.za/FLF (R70 per event, unless otherwise indicated). A limited number of student tickets (R20) will be available per event, and per student. Student verification will be required.
Please contact us for a travel package which include accommodation and transportation.
Tel: +27 (0) 21 794 1619
PLEASE NOTE: Event and festival details can change. Please check with the organisers that the event is happening before making your travel arrangements.