Next week, the seaside town of Knysna welcomes one of the Garden Route’s most exciting annual events: the Knysna Literary Festival. Presented by Pam Golding Properties, the festival aims to promote South Africa’s rich literary heritage.
Running from the 18th to the 22nd of March, the Knysna Literary festival has been operating for the past 6 years and is currently the only annual literary festival on the Garden Route. Bookings opened on the 2nd of February and tickets can be bought through webtickets.co.za.
Featured authors for 2015 include Khaya Dlanga, Mandy Wiener, Jonathan Kaplan, Shani Krebs, Braam Malherbe, PJ Powers, Tony Leon, Graeme Butchart, Prof Jonathan Jansen, Zapiro, Jo-Anne Richards, and Eugene Ashton. The show is scheduled to run as follows:
Wednesday, March 18th
Keep on Dancing by Lilliput Players
Memory by Hare Manje
2015 Young Writer’s Award Ceremony.
Thursday, March 19th
“Here I Am” by PJ Powers.
Friday, March 20th
“Opposite Mandela” by Tony Leon
A Creativity Workshop by Graeme Butchart
A presentation titled Fate of the Nation
Creativity Workshop by Graeme Butchart (sold out)
“Behind the Door” by Mandy Wiener
Zapiro Unplugged (sold out).
Saturday, March 21st
A mingling session with award winning authors
“Dragons & Butterflies” by Shani Krebs
A Delicious Word Journey that includes “Democrazy” by Zapiro, We Need to Talk” by Professor Jonathan Jansen, and “The Great Trek” by Braam Malherbe (sold out).
Sunday, March 22nd
Battle of Spioenkop by Simon Blackburn
“Call it Like It Is” by Jonathan Kaplan.
For a more detailed outline of the programme for 2015, click here. And if you plan to come to the festival, and are yet to find accommodation, head down to the Turbine Hotel & Spa, for exceptional hospitality and a overall luxurious stay.
The Literary Festival is definitely one of the many reasons to come to Knysna, and a great chance to engage with some of South Africa’s most inspiring authors, so hurry and book your tickets now!