Knysna Literary Festival

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Country and Region South AfricaWestern Cape
Type of Festival Literary
Location of Festival Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa
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Phone: +27 044 382 5574
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Festival Description

Knysna Literary Festival promises to be a feast for the literary senses with the inclusion of some of South Africa’s most acclaimed and awarded authors. Taking place in late April, the Knysna Literary Festival has provided something for all tastes. The Festival stands for the improvement of people’s minds through reading, creativity, and production. The events promise exciting offerings, from interviews and talks, to discussion groups with South Africa’s leading authors.

Festival Dates April 27 - 29, 2012
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Festival Story:

Established in 2010 by Ling Dobson, Franchisee and Principal Agent of Pam Golding Knysna; the annual Knysna Literary Festival promises to offer more than ever before. Created as a means for Dobson to give back to her beloved community, The Knysna Literary Festival aims to not only be a means to stimulate the children of Knysna and encourage them to embrace literacy, but to expose locals and visitors alike to the many South African authors taking part in this year’s event.

“Knysna’s tapestry of beauty, culture and history is rich and colourful, and much loved and sought after by both South African’s as well as the international fraternity” states Dobson, “I feel that it is important to give back to the community and believe that the Knysna Literary Festival is the perfect way to do this, as well as the perfect platform to expose people to some of South Africa’s literary talent. This year’s beneficiaries include e’Pap Children’s Feed Project as well as TSiBA Eden Campus Library”.


Festival Events:

Noted participants 2012:
  • This year’s line-up includes
    • Mike Nicol, author of Monkey Business – The Murder of Anni Dewani: The Facts, The Fiction, The Spin; Michael Sears, part of the writing team of Michael Stanley and author of A Carrion Death; Ingrid de Kok author of Terrestrial Things; Ryk Neethling, Olympic Gold Medalist with Chasing the Dream; Rob Caskie, author of Rorke’s Drift as well as Margie Orford and Mandy Wiener.
Artist features 2012:
  • Mandy Wiener
    • Wiener is acclaimed as a high-powered political journalist, who has written about one of South Africa’s most publicized murder trials: she knows how to get the job done. Author of Killing Kebble, she follows the controversial and infamous trial of the murder of Brett Kebble. Not for the faint-hearted, Wiener goes into depth about the trial with unequalled insider information. Wiener specializes in investigative reporting and legal matters and is a multi-award winning journalist in the print and radio sectors. Currently employed at Eyewitness News- for which she has been working for the past eight years- she is dedicated to unbiased reportage, getting to the facts and supplying readers with accurate information.
  • Margie Orford
    • The celebrated and successful author of the Clare Hart series, will also be attending the event. Orford was born in London and grew up in Namibia, in which her highly acclaimed second novel in the series was set. The Clare Hart series have has been translated into nine languages. Daddy’s Girl, published in the UK, France, Germany, and Holland, has reached an international audience with unprecedented success. Her latest, Gallows Hill is already drawing rave reviews. Orford’s active participation in some of society’s urgent problems adds an additional dimension to what she brings to the Festival. Orford is the Executive Vice-President of South African PEN and a patron for both Rape Crisis and The Little Hands Trust.
Delicious Word Journey 2012:
  • The extremely popular Delicious Word Journey event returns and not only gives the attendees an opportunity to experience Pezula Estate’s plum properties but an opportunity to chat to well known authors such as Ryk Neethling and Ingrid de Kok whilst enjoying a light dinner and Ataraxia wines.


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