Presented by Pam Golding Properties Knysna, the ninth annual Knysna Literary Festival (#KnysnaLitFest) will be hosted from 9 – 11 March 2018, offering a diverse and inspiring programme that includes small-group interactive sessions, larger-group presentations, and informal chats with authors. This year, all events take place at selected venues around the iconic Thesen Islands, in the heart of Knysna, and topics and books are guaranteed to inspire lively debate both at the festival, as well as long after.
The #KnysnaLitFest aims not only to expose locals and visitors to South Africa’s literary talents, but also to provide established authors with a platform to connect directly with their readers and target audience.
The Festival’s diverse programme touches on matters such as hot-topic current affairs and politics, history, adventure, conservation, cuisine and storytelling – meaning there’s something for everyone. All best-selling 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 #KnysnaLitFest has attracted many well-known literary celebrities, and this year is no exception – making the festival the ‘must-do’ event of all literary enthusiasts, book worms and culture vultures. 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.
The exciting line-up of big-name authors hosting new as well as popular returning events for 2018 includes:
• Churchill & Smuts: Richard Steyn
• Fate of the Nation: Adriaan Basson, Pieter du Toit, Prof Jonathan Jansen, Ranjeni Munusamy
• Zuma Unplugged: Jacques Pauw, Adriaan Basson, Pieter du Toit
• île de païn anytime: Liezie Mulder
• Rhino Revolution: Clive Walker
• Recipes for Love and Murder: Sally Andrew
• Rule of Law: Glynnis Breytenbach, Mandy Wiener, Adriaan Basson
• Delicious Word Journey – with a new twist: Joan Louwrens "Making Tracks... a moving memoir", Mandy Wiener "An Underworld Explored", Prof Jonathan Jansen "As by Fire”, Redi Tlhabi "Khwezi”
• Breaking News: Jeremy Thompson
• My Father’s Coat: Michael Charton
Ticket sales for the Knysna Literary Festival 2018 is now open.
To purchase tickets visit the Pam Golding Gray Street office.
Online tickets are available on Webtickets - https://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=1478260684
The full programme, including venues, descriptions of the events and ticket prices can be viewed on the website: www.knysnaliteraryfestival.co.za/index.php/programme/festival-programme-2018.
As an aside from the main festival weekend, writing competitions are held for school-goers in the area, encouraging reading and writing amongst the local youth; the idea being to instill a passion for reading and writing from an early age.
Says Ling Dobson, Principal of Pam Golding Properties Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, “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.”
As well-said by an author who knows her young market well, “If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.” – J.K. Rowling
Don’t miss out! Join us for this highlight on the local calendar. Tickets to the events can be purchased online via a link on the website.
© Rosanne Turner
Pam Golding Properties, 5 Gray Street Knysna
For further information visit www.knysnaliteraryfestival.co.za
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