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Franschhoek Literary Festival, 18 – 20 May, 2018

Book lovers, reserve your self-catering accommodation in Cape Town right away for your chance to mingle with like-minded bibliophiles from all over the country. It’s all happening from 18 to 20 May 2018 in Franschhoek.

This beautiful valley of fine wines and food excellence will be hosting the country’s finest literary minds for the 12th annual Franschhoek Literary Festival during this time.

What’s on During the Literary Festival

The Franschhoek Literary Festival is your chance to hear some of the best columnists, authors, public speakers, bloggers, screenwriters and playwrights share their experiences and insights.

Events take place in halls, restaurants, estates and churches all over the town at one and a half hour intervals. Most of the performances and talks are staggered over a few days and time slots so that you can fit in as many as you want – with a little planning.

Topics to be discussed and even debated – by leading authors on the subjects, include politics, business and financial success, nature, economics, African Literature, history and more.

Poetry and literary readings are set to take place over the three days and there are interviews with esteemed journalists and authors throughout the event. Ruda Landman, Redi Tlhabi, Kate Turkington, Orley Castel-Bloom and Sisonke Msimang are all booked to bare their souls on Friday 18 May.

Creative workshops are on offer from industry professionals on the topics of writing for social media, creative writing and script writing, to help aspiring creatives hone their talents.

Literary lovers can look forward to movie screenings, concerts and formal dinners on Friday and Saturday evening.

You can get a full list of what’s happening when on the festival programme.

History of the Festival

Not only is the festival a great chance to take your grey matter for an outing but it’s also for a good cause. FLF was originally set up to raise funds to build and maintain libraries in the rural communities around the area.

To date, these contributions have resulted in the upliftment of 4 local school libraries. A portion of the proceeds from the event is still used to keep these vital centres up and running.

This year, young bookworms are invited to take part in the ‘Book week for Young Readers’ which precedes the literary festival, as they listen to the tales told by the authors of more than 46 children’s books.

Book Your Space

Entry fees are priced at around R70 per event and you can book them online in advance. The first step is arranging a stay in our luxury Cape Town self-catering accommodation though, so get in touch today.

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