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Knysna Literary Festival


Presented by Pam Golding Properties Knysna to promote South Africa's rich literary heritage, the Knysna Literary Festival is now in its 8th year. It is the Garden Route’s only annual festival that hosts an exclusive group of hand-picked authors from South Africa and is fast becoming a must-attend with bookworms and lovers of all things literary

From exploring the creative minds of authors in small-group workshops to being part of larger-group presentations, and rubbing shoulders with authors whilst enjoying a locally produced tipple or two, this enriching festival provides visitors with a four-day long, unique literary “experience.” The diverse programme touches on current affairs, politics, history and adventure. There is even a dash of cuisine, part of the sell-out Delicious Word Journey - a four-course evening hosted by a select group of authors, spent appreciating some of Knysna's most delectable dishes at exclusive private real estate. A mouth full indeed.

“The goal of the festival is to not only expose locals and visitors alike to South Africa’s literary talent, but also to stimulate the creative minds of students of the greater Knysna area, encouraging these young adults to make the most of their educational opportunities.  We present unique workshops throughout the year to stimulate literary awareness, focussing on both the skill and sheer enjoyment of writing. We are very proud to have recently coordinated two successful workshops in conjunction with FunDza.”

In 2016 we achieved a record attendance of 2,300 guests, nearly double the attendance of previous years, with many events sold out. We also hosted close to 1,000 learners at the Children’s Theatre performance. The Young Writers’ Competition has enjoyed great appeal amongst a broad group of diverse young minds. The competition attracts entries from rural schools, to include English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa entrants.

The Youth Day Programme is a fully interactive Children’s Theatre Show, The Incredible Journey, for children 10 - 18 years of age. This year’s theme is focused on bullying, the importance of reading and heroism. Enjoy a magical adventure of song, dance, imagination that the entire family will enjoy. The show is followed by the Creative Writing/Interactive Poetry Workshop. Our special guest Sonja Kruse from the Foundation of Literary Trust will host this year’s workshop. Winners of the competition will be announced and prizes presented to all category winners.

We firmly believe in supporting our local community with the economic opportunities that the festival brings. Many of our support services are sourced from within Knysna, from catering and transport, to marketing services and providers of sound equipment. Even the venues we select are intended to showcase Knysna’s hospitality talent and its most unique settings. In 2015 we used, as always, the 5-star luxury of Conrad Pezula Resort & Spa, the one-of-a-kind Turbine Hotel & Spa, Mitchell's Brewery - Knysna's own craft beer mavericks – and Ile de Pain - a mecca for irresistible treats. In 2016 we will also showcase Kilzer’s Kitchen with Pete Goffe-Wood - who can resist these inspirational settings!

We have an amazing line-up of talented and inspiring authors planned for 2017 and challenge you to let your imagination take flight! Come and join us in Knysna for a lyrical literary liaison. 





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