What you need to know about the 2020 Knysna Literary Festival
‘Let your imagination take flight’ at the 11th installment of the annual Knysna Literary Festival!
This year the festival will be presented by Pam Golding Properties Knysna to promote South Africa’s rich literary heritage. The festival is said to be 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.
Knysna Literary Festival
The Knysna Literary Festival will take place from 6 to 8 March 2020 and will offer a diverse and inspiring programme.
This year all events are set to take place at selected venues around the iconic Thesen Islands, in the heart of Knysna, and topics and books are guaranteed to inspire lively debate both at the festival, as well as long after.
The festival aims not only to expose locals and visitors to South Africa’s literary talents, but also to provide established authors with a platform to connect directly with their readers and target audience.
The 2020 programme
The festival’s diverse programme touches on matters such as hot-topic current affairs and politics, history, adventure, conservation, cuisine and storytelling.
All best-selling authors are either local or have close ties to South Africa, and have been selected not only for their literary talents, but also for their skills in entertaining and delighting audiences with readings, conversations, debates and workshops.
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Over the years the festival has attracted many well-known literary celebrities making the festival the ‘must-do’ event of all literary enthusiasts, book worms and culture vultures.
Not only is the festival high on the agenda for readers, but authors and journalists likewise aspire to be a part of this prestigious festival, setting the bar higher each year with the programme on offer.
This year the programme includes readings from Pieter du Toit and Ivo Vegter among many more. To see the full programme click over here.
A passion for reading
Aside from the main festival weekend, writing competitions are held for school-goers in the area, encouraging reading and writing amongst the local youth; the idea being to instill a passion for reading and writing from an early age.
“Our goal is to stimulate the creative minds of students of the greater Knysna area, encouraging these young adults to make the most of their educational opportunities,” said Ling Dobson, Principal of Pam Golding Properties Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. “We present unique workshops throughout the year to stimulate literary awareness, focusing on both the skill and sheer enjoyment of writing.”