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Franschhoek Literary Festival

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About Franschhoek Literary Festival

The first Franschhoek Literary Festival in May 2007 was such a success that the event is now on the literary map. This year the Commonwealth Foundation is holding its annual Commonwealth Writers’ Prize final programme – for the first time in South Africa – at the FLF. The week long programme will culminate in the announcement of the Best Book and Best First Book winners in a special ceremony as part of the festival on Sunday 18 May.

At FLF 2007 an estimated 2 000 readers, writers, media people and book club members strolled through the village interacting with 30 writers and a number of publishers in lively informal discussions, poetry and classical music events, fundraisers, a literary breakfast, dinners in renowned restaurants, and over coffee and drinks. All of us involved in producing this first festival treasure the memory of writers talking so openly about their work and lives, readers crowding doorways to listen, and animated conversations about the pleasures of books and writing.

FLF 2008 will again be hosting 30+ dazzling authors and poets plus the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize regional winners and many others who love and promote books. Readable books of good quality will be everywhere, with Wordsworth Books handling sales in the Town Hall and village book shops geared for browsers and buyers. Enjoyable special events like poetry sessions, classical music concerts and book launches will be woven into the programme again, and playwright Mike van Graan will present another premiére: Bafana Republic II starring Lindiwe Matshikiza in the award-winning role she pioneered here last year.

 

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