Franschhoek Literary Festival

Promote Reading & Encourage Writing

The Franschhoek Literary Festival has fast become one of the leading literary events in the country. Its mission is to share the talents and stories of both local and international writers through informal, lively, and stimulating discussions in venues throughout the village and to encourage a vibrant culture of reading and writing in school children of all ages .

The festival, which was started in 2007 by a committee of only six volunteers, was made so that they could raise funds to build a new community library. The volunteers decided to create a festival of mostly English-speaking local writers, with a few writers coming from overseas. They had no idea how many people would attend, with their estimate being between five and five hundred - well over a thousand tickets were sold!

The event is a gathering of over 90 Authors, Editors, Poets, Illustrators, media, Critics and general literary lovers. The 12th Annual Festival will see no less than 100 events taking place in various venues in the village of Franschhoek, all within a few minutes’ walk from each other, creating a vibrant ambience in the street crowded with book-lovers.

In the week leading up to the festival, for the seventh year now, the younger literary enthusiasts can take part in “Book Week for Young Readers” where they can participate in story telling sessions with some of the children’s Authors attending the event. This inclusion will assist with the sponsors and festival organisers continual emphasis on promoting reading and encouraging writing!

Things to do and see

  • Writing Workshops
  • Book Launches
  • Literary Dinners
  • Shortlist announcement s of Sunday Times Literary Awards, Alan Paton Award & Barry Ronge Fiction Prize
  • Schools Spelling Bee
  • Classical Music Concert
  • Debate Sessions
  • Informal Discussions
  • Writers & Their Books
  • Poetry Sessions
  • Restaurant Events


Dates : Friday, 18 May to Sunday, 20 May 2018

Times : Friday 10h00 to 19h30, Saturday, 10h00 to 19h00 & Sunday, 10h00 to 13h00

Venue : Various locations in Franschhoek

Tickets : can be purchased online at

 Prices  : Tickets cost R70 per event, unless otherwise indicated

               Limited Student tickets available R20 per event. Student Identification required

               Please Note: Ticket holders will not be permitted entry to an event once the session has begun

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