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False Bay College students get inspired at Franschhoek Literary Festival with FunDza

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For the second year running, False Bay College students were involved in the Reading for Enjoyment Campaign at the Franschhoek Literary Festival, as organised by FunDza.

Last year 15 eager students from the Fish Hoek Campus visited the FLF – the year that was increased to 30 students, and their lecturers, from both the Fish Hoek and Khayelitsha campuses.

Each student attended three sessions, with the group being involved in some riveting and thought-provoking talks.

FunDza has shared some details from some of the sessions, including feedback from students.

Read on, courtesy of FunDza:

The Magic of Story – Samantha Page chaired this session with storytellers Kapilolo Mahongo (Manyeka Arts Trust), Nancy Richards (Being a Woman in Cape Town), and Sindiwe Magona (Chasing the Tails of My Father’s Cattle) about how writing and sharing our own stories reveals our true selves and brings us closer to others. An event that will inspire young storytellers.

The thing is we all tell stories through our daily lives, how we express ourselves, be it through the way we dress, music, art, drama etc, THIS IS OUR STORY. I am so inspired to tell my story through my photography. I always thought story telling was just through writing, but they made me realize that you can decide how you tell your story, what matters is that you tell your story and share it with others. – Gary Speelman

Just Imagine – With literary journalist Karabo Kgoleng in the chair, Bontle Senne (Powers of the Knife), Nakhane Touré (Piggy Boy’s Blues) and Rosie Rowell (Almost Grace) share how imagination frees the mind and lets in empathy, creativity and vision.

Vision. How it is applied during the creation of a writer’s “art” … It made me think about Animal Farm by George Orwell. In it he writes about pigs controlling the farmyard and horses etc and according to the writer the book reflects events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and then on into the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union. What if I was just a book about greedy pigs taking over a farm? To which I thought to myself … at what point during the creation of their “art” does an “artist” decide, “No … this will cause trouble … someone might interpret it wrong and cause harm to the universe … – Oscar


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All the debut novelists at the 2016 Franschhoek Literary Festival

Writing a first novel is a major achievement.

We celebrate some of the newest writers on the block at the Franschhoek Literary Festival this year, six of whom, published in 2015, have made it onto the Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize longlist.

11 first-time novelists will appear in 22 events across the three days of the festival this year.

Joining the local authors are a writer from Ireland and another from Nigeria/USA.

The 2016 FLF takes place on the 13, 14 and 15 May.

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In order of their first events, here is who to look out for:

flfThe RaftFred Strydom: The Raft

Strydom’s dystopian fiction follows the story of one man on his quest to discover the truth behind Day Zero: the day humankind lost its memory.

Strydom will appear in three events on Friday 13 May, and one on Saturday 14 May.

Friday:

[1] What so great about speculative fiction. With Lauren Beukes and Scarlett Thomas, chaired by Joe Vaz.
[42] From first lines to last. With Claire Robertson and Scarlett Thomas, chaired by Victor Dlamini.
[49] What was that?! An oral story-telling enactment, led by Amabookabooka’s Jonathan Ancer, with Lauren Beukes and Louis Greenberg.

Saturday:

[68] Knowing when to stop. With Niq Mhlongo and Steven Boykey Sidley, chaired by Ekow Duker.
 
 
 

flfPowers of the KnifeBontle Senne: Powers of the Knife

Powers of the Knife is the first book in the Shadow Chasers trilogy. It’s an African fantasy adventure for young adults – one part family saga, one part hero’s quest.

Bontle will participate in two events on Friday 13 May:

Friday:

[6] Just imagine! With Nakhane Touré and Rosie Rowell, and Karabo Kgolen in the chair.
[15] Creating captivating childen’s books. With Helen Brain and Marlene Winburg, and Dianne Stewart chairing.

 
 
 

flfPiggy Boy's BluesNakhane Touré: Piggy Boy’s Blues

Davide’s journey from the city to pastoral Alice for peace and quiet, disturbs and troubles the silence and day-to-day practices that his uncle and the man he lives with have kept, resulting in a series of tragic events.

Touré will appear in two events on Friday 13 May and two on Saturday 14 May.

Friday:

[5] Just imagine! with Bontle Senne and Rosie Rowell, chaired by Karabo Kgoleng. Schools interest.
[33] The reader within. With Finuala Dowling and Sara Baume (see below), chaired by Michele Magwood.

Saturday:

[73] In conversation with … Victor Dlamini speaks to musicians-cum-writers Hugh Masekela and Nakhane Touré.
[95] Creative writing techniques. With Claire Robertson and Sara Baume, chaired by Karabo Kgoleng.
 
 
 

flfTaking ChancesSicelo Kula: Taking Chances

The 10th book in the Harmony High series, which follows the lives of a group of teenagers attending a fictional township high and reflects their choices, struggles and triumphs.

Kula will be part of one event on Friday 13.

[18] Have you got a reading habit? With Dianne Case, Kgauhelo Dube, chaired by Samantha Page.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

flfWhat Will People SayRehana Rossouw: What Will People Say

Neville and Magda Fourie live in Hanover Park with their three children, trying to “raise them decent” in a township festering with gang wars and barricaded with burning tyres.

Rossouw, in her second appearance at the FLF, will appear in one event each day of the 2016 festival.

Friday:

[26] Contemporary issues in fiction. With Nthikeng Mohlele and Patrick Flanery, chaired by Nancy Richards.

Saturday:

[86] Language and character in literature. With Claire Robertson and Finuala Dowling, chaired by Harry Garuba.

Sunday:

[117] Journos writing books. With Claire Robertson, chaired by Rebecca Davis.
 
 
 

flfSpill Simmer Falter WitherSara Baume: Spill Simmer Falter Wither

27 April update: With regret, Sara Baume has had to withdraw from the festival for family reasons.

A misfit man finds a misfit dog. Both are accustomed to being alone, unloved, outcast. Spanning the four seasons echoed in the title, a savage act forces them to abandon the precarious life they’ve established, and take to the road.

Baume’s presence at FLF 2016 has been made possible with the support of a Culture Ireland grant.

She will appear in four events in the course of the weekend.

Friday:

[33] The reader within. With Finuala Dowling and Nakhane Touré, chaired by Michele Magwood.

Saturday:

[54] “This is how it was …” With Javier Perez and Sindiwe Magona, chaired by Victor Dlamini.
[95] Creative writing techniques. With Clare Robertson and Nakhane Touré, chaired by Karabo Kgoleng.

Sunday:

[104] First books. With David Cornwell (see below), chaired by Damon Galgut.
 
 
 

flfA Slim, Green SilenceBeverly Rycroft: A Slim, Green Silence

Scheepersdorp, a small South African (fictional) town in 1995 forms the backdrop to the tale of Connie as she unravels the stories of her loved ones, and allows a secret of her own past to emerge.

Rycroft presented this novel at the FLF in 2015, and has previously appeared on the poetry programme. She will appear in one fiction and one poetry event at FLF 2016.

Friday:

[46] Finding your first story. With Chinelo Okparanta (see below), chaired by Karabo Kgoleng.

Sunday:

[119] The personal journey of poetry. With Eliza Kentridge, chaired by Nick Mulgrew.
 
 
 

flfUnder the Udala TreesChinelo Okparanta: Under the Udala Trees

The story of two girls from different ethnic communities who fall in love during Nigeria’s civil war, a love that has to be hidden. Okparanta uses one woman’s lifetime to examines the ways in which Nigerians continue to struggle toward selfhood.

Okparantawas born in Nigeria and lives in the USA. Her presence at the festival is made possible with the support of Delta Airlines. She will appear in one event on each day of the festival.

Friday:

[46] Finding your first story. With Beverly Rycroft, chaired by Karabo Kgoleng.

Saturday:

[67] Writing relationships. With David Cornwell and Nthikeng Mohlele, chaired by Karina Szczurek.

Sunday:

[128] Writing from the outside. With Ekow Duker and Patrick Flanery, chaired by Alison Lowry.

 
 
 
flfThe YearningMohale Mashigo: The Yearning

The story of Marubini, a young woman whose past starts spilling into her present. Something from her past is making her sick and her mother is not willing to tell her what it is. She embarks on a magical and frightening journey to find out what it is that haunts her.

Mashigo will appear in an event on Saturday 14 May:

[56] Women’s journeys in fiction. With Bridget Pitt, chaired by Palesa Morudu.

 
 
 
 
 
flfRecipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria MysterySally Andrew: Recipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria Mystery

Meet Tannie Maria: small town agony aunt turned amateur detective when a woman in the area is murdered. She becomes entangled in an investigation that blends intrigue, romance and cooking …

Andrew will participate in two events at the festival.

Saturday:

[58] Food in fiction. With Kathryn White and Paige Nick, chaired by Michele Magwood.

Sunday:

[118] Murder, she wrote. With Karin Brynard and Michéle Rowe, chaired by Catherine du Toit.

 
 
 

flfLike It MattersDavid Cornwell: Like It Matters

The story of the life of a man cast adrift, until he meets a woman who comes with a story of her own.

Cornwell will appear in two events over the course of the FLF weekend.

Saturday:

[67] Writing relationships. With Chinelo Okparanta and Nthikeng Mohlele, chaired by Karina Szczurek.

Sunday:

[104] First books. With Sara Baume, chaired by Damon Galgut.
 
 
 

flfThe Seed ThiefJacqui L’Ange: The Seed Thief

Botantist Maddy Bellani, on a journey to collect rare seeds of a Brazilian plant protected by a secretive sect, enters a world influenced by unscrupulous pharmaceutical companies and the selfish motives of others.

L’Ange will be part of an event on Saturday 14 May:

[83] Seeds of the imagination. With Charlotte Otter and Scarlett Thomas, chaired by Darrel Bristow-Bovey.

 
 
 
 
 

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FLF Director Ann Donald Responds to Thando Mgqolozana’s “White Literary System” Comments

 
Arctic SummerUnimportanceSince the weekend, debate has been raging on the subjects raised by author Thando Mgqolozana in a number of events. My initial comment in response to this debate, as the FLF Director, was as follows:

“I still have to catch up with everything that was said in different events so will be better positioned to give an informed response after I’ve received and listened to the entire recording, which should be available on za the FLF website tomorrow. So, for now, based on the few minutes I spent in two of the events and feedback from attendees and participants, I can only offer the following comment:

“Literary festivals such as the Franschhoek festival are the ideal place for different, challenging viewpoints to be made and heard. The appeal of the political and social events over the years is evidence that the audiences want to listen to debates and discussions of difficult subjects. I respect Thando Mgqolozana’s strong conviction in the stand he has taken but I hope he reconsiders. He has raised important points that must, and will, be considered, and we will continue to invite him to the FLF even if he chooses not to attend. As a literary festival, we don’t fear debate, we welcome it. If ‘we’, whichever ‘we’ we are, listen only to our own voices, we run the risk of thinking that our viewpoints and opinions are the only ones that matter. In a country as complex as ours, that has proved to be immensely destructive. Stepping back from defensiveness to listen is critical if we are to move forward. The FLF is listening.”

I have now had an opportunity to listen to the recording of one event, Is Anger Underrated? (available for all to hear here). My initial comment still stands. My further comment relates only to the criticism of the Franschhoek Literary Festival itself.

I have already taken steps to meet with relevant stakeholders, and with festival participants and attendees who have expressed an interest in being part of the discussion, to talk about the issues raised, to try to understand the underlying reasons for low attendance by black readers to this festival, and to consider ways to change this dynamic.

For now, we remain committed to offering a festival of writers, books and ideas to anyone who is interested in attending. We have never been, and will never be, a festival that is aimed only at white audiences. We value and appreciate the attendance and support of all who choose to be there, and look forward to finding a way forward to facilitate attendance by those who want to attend but can’t for purely financial or logistical reasons. For those who can attend but choose not to, we are open to frank and open discussion in a bid to understand their reasons.

Our programme and lineup of participants has and will always reflect the subjects, books, and writers who make up the South African literary scene, not just one element of it. As Damon Galgut is quoted on one of the many posters that lined the Franschhoek streets this past weekend: Books teach you that the world isn’t made in your own image. We believe in the power of books.

- Ann Donald

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The 2015 Franschhoek Literary Festival Programme

 
Alert! It’s time to get ready for the 2015 Franschhoek Literary Festival. The programme is live on the festival’s homepage, and we’ve posted it as a single, downloadable PDF below. (Click here if you’re having trouble downloading the pdf.)

Tickets will be available from Webtickets starting Monday, 16 March.

Make your plans now – if past festivals are anything to go by, these events will sell out fast.

Happy perusing, and see you in Franschhoek!

Franschhoek Literary Festival Programme 2015 by Books LIVE


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Announcing the Inaugural Andre Brink Memorial Lecture

André P Brink

 
The Franschhoek Literary Festival is honoured to announce the establishment of an annual lecture to be delivered at the festival by a guest lecturer, in memory of longtime FLF friend André Brink.

Brink passed away on 6 February, at the age of 79.

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In this first year, the inaugural lecture will by presented by Associate Professor Harry Garuba, from the University of Cape Town’s Centre for African Studies and English Department.

André Brink’s wife, Karina Magdalena Szczurek, will introduce the series at the festival on Sunday, 17 May.

Details of the lecture will be announced on the FLF 2015 programme, which will be available by mid-March.

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  • Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life edited by Okwui Enwezor, Rory Bester
    EAN: 9783791352800
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Top photograph courtesy Victor Dlamini


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The 2015 Franschhoek Literary Festival Wine Writers’ Awards

Wine Writers Invited to Submit Entries for Two Prizes

In the 7th year of the annual Franschhoek Literary Festival Wine Writers’ Award, we invite writers to submit entries in one or two categories, to win prizes with a total value of R25 000.

Writers who live in South Africa are invited to enter the short-form and/or long-form categories. Wine journalism on a South African wine topic will be considered. If necessary, articles will be translated for judging purposes.

Writers entering articles for consideration for the short-form prize should submit 6-8 pieces of up to 1 000 words each, written for a column or a blog. At least six pieces must be submitted to offer the judges the opportunity to assess the consistency of writing across the range.

Entries for the long-form prize should be between 1 000 and 4 000 words. They can either be unpublished, or published between 1 March 2014 and 28 February 2015. Only one entry per writer will be accepted.

The closing date for submission is Tuesday 31 March 2015.

  • Articles should be submitted in MSWord format to adonald@mweb.co.za.
  • Include a cover page with the author’s name, the publication and date of publication for short-form entries and previously published long-form entries, the article title, and the author’s contact details.
  • State whether the submission is for the short-form or long-form prize.
  • Short-form pieces must be sent in one batch, not individually.

The entries will be sent, without names attached, to a panel of independent judges, comprised of two local wine experts – radio broadcaster John Maytham and chef/cookbook writer/wine-and-food-pairing consultant Marlene van der Westhuizen, and the international judge for the 2015 competition, Tim Atkins – wine master, wine journalist and co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge.

The judging panel will consider the following criteria in making their decisions:

  • Excellent, well-informed writing of literary quality
  • Technical accuracy
  • Fresh perspectives and insights
  • Good storytelling – wit and humour welcome
  • In the case of the short-form entries, consistent excellence across all the entries.

The judges’ decision will be final.

The winner in each category will receive R12 500, and the overall winner, chosen from the two category winners, will receive an original artwork.

The prizes the 2015 Wine Writers’ Awards are funded by the Franschhoek Literary Festival, and will be presented by the CEO of the Franschhoek Wine Valley at a special event at the festival.

For information on the Franschhoek Literary Festival or the Wine Writers Awards, contact Ann Donald at adonald@mweb.co.za.


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Authors confirmed (so far) for Franschhoek Literary Festival 2015

Start planning for FLF 2015 …

A number of international authors, and South African writers based overseas, have confirmed their attendance at the festival from 15-17 May 2015.

John Boyne (Ireland) Boyne’s latest novel A History of Loneliness, is a deep and subtle examination of culpability and innocence, about a ‘good priest’ caught up in the scandal following the revelations of abuse within the Catholic Church in Ireland.

Chris Bradford (England) (Young Samurai series) will be in South Africa for the Book Week for Young Readers programme at schools in the Franschhoek Valley in the days preceding the main festival, and will be part of an event for schools at the main festival, on Friday 15 May.

Jackie Kay (Scotland/England) Acclaimed poet, short story writer, and memoirist, Kay will participate in a number of events, and will also be part of the judging panel for the high schools’ Poetry for Life finals, which will be held at the FLF (see www.poetryforlife.co.za for information).

Eshkol Nevo (Israel) Nevo’s latest book, Neuland, will resonate with many South Africans as it explores the need to get away from one’s homeland in order to understand it, and oneself, more deeply and honestly.

Romain Puertolas (France) The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe, Puertolas’s first novel is raking in positive reviews and he’s sure to be a popular panelist at the festival.

Sarah Waters (England) Waters has a strong fan base in South Africa for her historical fiction, and is sure to attract keen audiences. Her latest novel, The Paying Guests, is perfect holiday reading now in preparation for her appearance at the festival.

We are delighted that a number of South African writers based outside the country have also confirmed their attendance:

David Attwell (York University) Good news for anyone wanting to get to grips with the work of Coetzee, Attwell will be in Franschhoek to talk about his new book, Face to Face with Time: JM Coetzee and the life of writing, to be published in 2015.

Belinda Bauer (Wales) Bauer is one of the most exciting crime writers to gain ascendence in recent years. Her latest novel The Facts of Life and Death, is out now.

Lyndall Gordon (Oxford) The biographer of many beloved literary figures, including Virginia Woolf, the Brontes, and Emily Dickinson, Gordon’s newest book, Divided Lives, is a memoir about her relationship with her extraordinary mother. (Gordon may also be presenting a life-writing masterclass/workshop).

New (to the festival): local names to look out for…

GG Alcock Alcock’s memoir, Third World Child, is a story of a unique life that could only emerge from South Africa.

Ekow Duker A Ghanaian author, based in Johannesburg, Duker has written two well-received novels — Dying in New York and White Wahala.

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, author of A Human Being Died that Night, will be at the festival with her new book, Dare We Hope?

Daisy Jones, winner of the Sunday Times Best Cookbook of the Year Award for Star Fish — a very useful guide to cooking fish from sustainable stocks.

Zelda la Grange, author of the bestselling memoir, Good Morning, Mr Mandela, will share her memories of Madiba.

Bongani Madondo, music journalist and author of I’m Not Your Weekend Special: Portraits on the Life + Style and Politics of Brenda Fassie, will add a jazzy note to the lineup.

Thando Mgqolozana, a powerful voice emerges in the three books by Mgqolozana, A Man Who is Not a Man, Hear Me Alone and Unimportance.

Emma Sadleir & Tamsyn de Beer (latter still to confirm her attendance), offer don’t-ignore insights into being active on social media in their book Don’t Film Yourself Having Sex.

Jaco van Schalkwyk, an artist and author whose first book The Alibi Club (also available in Afrikaans) introduces an exciting new voice to the SA literary scene.

There will, of course, be many other familiar names from previous festivals, plus a host of new names still to be confirmed. Details of these authors and participants will be revealed in the new year.

(The programme will be available on the FLF website from mid March 2015 — an announcement will be posted on the FLF website, www.flf.co.za, the Franschhoek Literary Festival Facebook page, and on the Twitter feed, @franlitfest.)

For more information, please contact Ann Donald at adonald@mweb.co.za.


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2014 SA Wine Writers Awards Winners Announced

The Franschhoek Wine Valley and the Franschhoek Literary Festival are delighted to announce the winners of the two categories for the 2014 FWV SA Wine Writers’ Awards.

The judging panel was comprised of:

  • CapeTalk broadcaster, literary critic and wine enthusiast, John Maytham
  • Chef and author of six bestselling cookbooks, teacher of French Brasserie Luxe cooking and a wine-and-food pairing consultant, Marlene van der Westhuizen, and
  • British wine columnist for The Independent, and contributor to Decanter, The World of Fine Wine, Revue du Vin de France, China and Shanghai Daily, Anthony Rose

The comments below, supplied by Anthony Rose, sum up the discussion and decisions of the panel.

The winner of the long form category, for his piece titled From O’Keefe to Lismore and back, in high heels, published on the digital magazine website www.landnsand.co.za in October 2013, is Jacques van Zyl.

Comment: This is perhaps the most elegiac of all the pieces and is beautifully written and constructed. It draws you in and drills down to the wine itself with its very personal description of the winemaker and its beautiful evocation of the wine. There’s a moving voice here that combines personality, subjective and objective, and wine into one seamless whole.

Tim James took the honours in the short form category for six blog posts on www.grape.co.za, posted between April 2013 and January 2014.

Comment: We like the scope of this entry and the good humour and compassion behind the writing style which is easy and unpretentious, all the time dwelling on the things that matter in wine, i.e the wine itself. Championing pinotage, a controversial subject, is done well. In its quiet way, for the wine values it espouses, this is a powerful voice.

Of the two winners, the entry that received the unanimous vote of all the judges in its category was that of Jacques van Zyl, and thus he will receive in addition to his cash prize, an original artwork selected by the Franschhoek Wine Valley, under whose auspices the Wine Writers’ Prizes falls.

The entries were judged without the names of the writers attached, and the judging panel considered the following criteria in making their decisions:

  • Excellent, well-informed writing of literary quality
  • Technical accuracy
  • Fresh perspectives and insights
  • Good storytelling
  • In the case of the short-form entries, consistent excellence throughout the year

The cash prizes the 2014 Wine Writers’ Awards were presented by the CEO of the Franschhoek Wine Valley, Jenny Prinsloo, at a special event on Friday 16 May 2014.


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Free Poetry Event to Showcase Young Voices at the Franschhoek Literary Festival

Franschhoek Literary Festival will play host to a free poetry event on Friday: The InZync Poetry Sessions.

InZync involves a multitude of poetic styles and traditions, in all languages.

The session will feature Khanyisile Mbongwa, Rimestein and The INKcredibles, and takes place on Friday at 7:00 PM at the Franschhoek School Hall. Entrance is free.

Press release:

Stellenbosch Literary Project presents: The InZync Poetry Sessions live at Franschhoek Literary Festival.

The InZync Poetry Sessions have created an expressive word culture within the Stellenbosch region.

Having coined the phrase “the place where the POETREES meet”, InZync encourages a diversity of poetic styles and traditions, and facilitates an all-inclusive platform. InZync prides itself on its multilingual celebration of the music within all spoken languages.

The Franschhoek session will be no different. Showcasing the voices of the youth from the surrounding Boland area, the session will feature:

Khanyisile Mbongwa, who has been with InZync since 2011. With her fiery stanzas Khanyi always ignites the minds of listeners.

Rimestein, a writer who acts as a tour guide, taking listeners to the unexplored depths of Afrikaans Poetry.

The INKcredibles, a vibrant group of young poets, redefining performance poetry.

Stiek uit for that spectacular vernacular brought to you this year by Franschhoek Literary Festival

Date: Friday 16 May 2014

Venue: Franschhoek School Hall

Time: 7:00 PM

Entry: FREE

To give you an idea of what to expect, have a look at The InZync AutumN Slam that went down last month:

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The SLiP Collective

PS We are providing 50 Seats for The InZync Mense that need transport to Franschoek. If you are interested, email events@slipnet.co.za to confirm your spot.

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The FLF Library Fund: Instilling a Love of Reading in Franschhoek’s Children

Every ticket bought at the Franschhoek Literary Festival contributes towards the FLF Library Fund, an initiative to encourage a culture of reading in the Franschhoek valley.

The FLF Library Fund has donated thousands of children’s books in libraries in Groendal, and in 2012 employed a full-time librarian to help set up and run three primary school libraries, with another on the way.

FLF Library Fund librarian Margie Cunnama says she believes their is a vast difference between “being able to read and wanting to read”, and says the Fund is playing a huge role of instilling a love of books in the children it serves.

“My mandate is to instill a love of books and reading in the children of our valley,” Cunnama says. “Jacquie Spiers and The Kusasa Project already do an amazing job of teaching them to read. I hope that from the library experience, with such solid support from the FLF, they are learning the joy of reading.

“I feel strongly that there is a big difference between being able to read and wanting to read. It is when a person loves reading that learning becomes easy and a pleasure. It is so rewarding to see the children rush eagerly into the library, listen and interact with enthusiasm to stories read aloud, and excitedly and conscientiously borrow and return library books.

“Thanks to our project the school libraries are now well stocked with books in both English and the children’s mother tongues, a privilege afforded to very few schoolchildren in South Africa. I honestly believe that this project will have a lifelong impact on the future of these lucky children.”

One of the main reasons for starting the FLF in 2007 was to encourage a culture of reading in the Franschhoek valley. This means that each seat you buy makes a contribution to the great cause of creating confident readers.

The FLF Library Fund:

  • has donated several thousand age- and language-appropriate new books to schools, creches, a container children’s library in Groendal and the village library
  • employed a qualified librarian in October 2012 who has upgraded and helps to run three primary school libraries, with a fourth soon to be established
  • helps to cover the cost of part-time library assistants
  • continues to donate new books to these and other school and local libraries

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