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Franschhoek Literary Festival

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Crime Writers Compare Evidence at the Franschhoek Literary Festival (Plus: Competitions and Special Offers)

Top local crime novelists at the Franschhoek Literary Festival, from 14 – 16 May, will disclose how they manage to navigate the murky waters of the criminal mind in a country that is tragically accustomed to violent news headlines.

In Crime, The Beloved Country on 16 May at 13:00, three of South Africa’s best – Deon Meyer (Thirteen Hours/13 Uur), Angela Makholwa (Red Ink) and Wessel Ebersohn (The October Killings) – discuss whether different countries have different kinds of crime writers with fellow practitioner Margie Orford. This theme was also on the agenda at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival.

South Africa’s crime master Deon Meyer talks to Michiel Heyns about his life, his work and the skill of depicting our complex country via its underworld in One Man Crime Wave on 15 May at 11:30. They’ll also be discussing the forthcoming movie, 13 Hours, which has been optioned to London-based South African film-making team Malcolm Kohll and Robert Fig. Legendary director Roger Spottiswoode (Under Fire, Tomorrow Never Dies, Shake Hands with the Devil) is attached as director and script consultant.

X-Rated on 15 May at 14:30 investigates the grey areas of crime writing. Jenny Crwys-Williams discusses the ultimate crime taboo (if there is one) with Margie Orford (Daddy’s Girl), Angela Makholwa and Sue Rabie (Blood At Bay).

It is not all bad news however. In The Future of Southern African Fiction on 16 May at 14:30, Mark Behr (Kings of the Water), Kgebetli Moele (The Book of the Dead) and Marida Fitzpatrick (Iemand vir ‘n scoop) consider the next ten years of fiction writing in our country with Mulenga Kapwepwe, Chairperson of the National Arts Council of Zambia.

Bookings for these and other thrilling sessions at the 2010 FLF are available from Unless otherwise indicated, ticket prices for the FLF are R60 per session (R20 for students and scholars), with a large part of the proceeds going to the FLF Literary Fund.

For further information and the detailed programme schedule, please refer to the FLF website,, or email the helpline Also join the Franschhoek Literary Festival fan page on Facebook for exciting competitions and special offers.

For other accommodation and general enquiries contact the Franschhoek Tourism office (021) 876 3603 or go to

Competitions and special offers:

  • A special package for student accommodation (R250 for 3 nights) is available from Franschhoek Travelers Lodge & Group Accommodation – contact 021 876 2537 for bookings.
  • Visitors to the Franschhoek Literary Festival also have an opportunity to win one of three Amazon Kindles over the festival weekend when they take up the Special Festival Offer from Porcupine Ridge Wines at Boekenhoutskloof:
    • Any purchase of Porcupine Ridge from the farm will not only be matched bottle-for-bottle* but will also entitle Festival-goers to enter the Kindle Lucky Draw. Complete your contact details on the voucher provided (on entry to any of the festival events) and put it into the Kindle entry box at Boekenhoutskloof cellar – winners will be advised during the weekend. Entrants must be 18 years or older. *Conditions apply.

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