Let your imagination take flight at the 10th annual Knysna Literary Festival from 8-10 March 2019. The Garden Route’s one and only annual literary festival, presented by Pam Golding Properties Knysna, returns in 2019 with an exciting line-up of South African authors. Here’s everything local bookworms need to know.
This year’s Knysna Literary Festival is to be hosted at selected venues around Thesen Islands. The man-made islands are located in the heart of Knysna and provide a lovely, scenic backdrop to indulge in all things literary over the weekend. This year’s topics and books are guaranteed to inspire lively debate both at the festival, as well as long after.
The 2019 Festival has a diverse programme, with discussions on hot-topic current affairs and politics, history, adventure, conservation, cuisine and storytelling. There really is something for everyone. All authors are either local or have close ties to South Africa, and have been selected not only for their literary talents, but also for their skills in entertaining and delighting audiences with readings, conversations, debates and workshops.
Over the years, the Knysna Literary Festival has attracted well-known literary celebrities and this year is no exception. The festival is the ‘must’ for any literary enthusiasts, book worms and culture vultures in the region.
Not only is the #KnysnaLitFest high on the agenda for readers, but authors and journalists likewise aspire to be a part of this prestigious festival, setting the bar higher each year with the programme on offer. Be sure not to miss events from 10h00 on Saturday 9 March at Turbine Hotel & Spa.
Friday 8 March
09h00 The Game Changer: Adriaan Basson, Bantu Holomisa, Eric Naki
11h00 Fate of the Nation: Adriaan Basson, Ralph Mathekga, Adam Habib
14h30 Selfies, Sexts and Smartphones: Emma Sadleir
18h00 Chef’s Playdate #2.0
Saturday 9 March
09h00 On the Brink: Claire Bisseker, JJ Tabane, Chris Holdsworth, Bonang Mohale (Turbine Hotel)
11h00 Plus One: Vanessa Raphaely (Turbine Hotel)
13h00 Scent of Fear: Tony Park (Turbine Hotel)
17h00 Delicious Word Journey: JJ Tabane, Emma Sadleir, Sihle Khumalo, Bonang Mohale (Simola Estate)
Sunday 10 March
10h00 Rebels and Rage: Adam Habib
12h00 The First World Champions: Michael Charton
Aside from the main events over the weekend, writing competitions are also held for school-goers on the Garden Route. The aim is to instill a passion for reading and writing from a young age. Ling Dobson, Principal of Pam Golding Properties Knysna, Plettenberg Bay said about supporting the festival:
“Our goal is to stimulate the creative minds of students of the greater Knysna area, encouraging these young adults to make the most of their educational opportunities. We present unique workshops throughout the year to stimulate literary awareness, focusing on both the skill and sheer enjoyment of writing. We are very proud to have recently coordinated two successful workshops in conjunction with FunDza.”
The Knysna Literary Festival is undoubtedly a highlight on the 2019 calendar. If you’d like to attend, you can book on Quicket or contact Pam Golding Properties at 044 382 557 or firstname.lastname@example.org for ticket sales. Bookings are also open at Pam Golding Properties Gray Street Office, Knysna.