Background to the Knysna Literary Festival
This year local residents and tourists along the Garden Route flocked to the Knysna Literary Festival which was held from 27th to 29th April 2012. Created as an initiative by the founder Ling Dobson of Pam Golding Properties in Knysna in 2009 give back to the community after three successful years the Festival is a well-known, exclusive event on theGarden Route arts calendar. It’s a celebration of South Africa literacy excellence attracting well-known local authors, poets and performers from both the fiction and non-fiction genres.
Aims and objectives of the Festival
The Knysna Literary Festival objectives are to:
* inspire the youth of Knysna and foster a passion for reading
* expose Garden Route residents and tourists to South African literature and the amazing talent South Africa has contributed to the world forum of writers/authors
* promote and build awareness of South African literature - its diversity, richness and talent
* allow established authors a platform to connect directly with their readers and target audience
The Festival programme (click here for the full programme)
From face to face interviews and talks, intimate dinners with authors, to lively discussion groups with South Africa’s leading authors as well as the screening of local films, the Festival has delighted audiences over the last three years attracting well known literary celebrities like Mandy Wiener, Mike Nicol, Margie Orford, Ingrid de Kok, Rob Caskie and Ryk Neethling.
Feedback from this year’s festival
“What an amazing experience, I will be back next year” - Mandy Wiener
“Ling, it really is wonderful that under your leadership Pam Golding is” raising the bar" for educational and cultural activity in Knysna! We need many more similar events to attract a more cosmopolitan and global resident in Knysna.”
“Pam and I will not miss next year’s event, we have it already booked”
“I have already diarized next year’s dates! Would not miss this for anything” - Deidre PenfoldFor more information visit the Knysna Literary Festival website: www.knysnaliteraryfestival.co.za