Franschhoek Literary Festival To Be Held From 16th-18th May 2014

The annual Franschhoek Literary Festival will be held from 16th - 18th May 2014 throughout various places in Franschhoek. The event will include local and international writers like, Margie Orford, Mike van Graan,  Margie Orford, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Henrietta Rose-Innes, Lindiwe Mazibuko, Zapiro, Tim Noakes and Pieter-Dirk Uys. Technology, comedy and horticulture are among the topics that will be discussed at the festival.
The event will start at 10am each day and costs R60 (General) and R 20 for students.

About The Festival

The first Franschhoek Literary Festival took place in 2007 with two main objectives:
To bring together a broad cross-section of mostly South African English-speaking writers and a few distinguished authors from overseas, aiming to present quality events that inspire and inform.
To raise funds for local community and school libraries, for which the FLF Library Fund was established.

The Festival runs from Friday to Sunday during the third weekend in May, preceded by the Book Week for Young Readers. This is a time of low-season prices and the events take place in village venues within a few minutes’ walk of each other, which creates a vibrant ambience in streets buzzing with book-lovers. FLF 2013 was the busiest and liveliest in the festival’s seven-year history and many of the events were sold out in advance.

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 eight one-hour events run concurrently with half an hour between each. Fringe events include literary and publishers’ dinners, book launches, writing workshops, a school spelling bee, wine writers’ prizes and classical music concerts. In 2008 the FLF was honoured to host the Commonwealth Writers Prize events.



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