“To Promote Reading & Encourage Writing”

The Franschhoek Literary Festival has fast become one of the leading literary events in the country. The festival, which started in 2007 by a committee of only six volunteers, aimed at raising funds for a new community library by creating a festival of mostly English-speaking local writers, with a few coming from overseas. They were not sure if fifty or five hundred people would attend - well over a thousand tickets were sold!

The event is a gathering of over 90 Authors, Editors, Poets, Illustrators, media, Critics and generally literary lovers. The 11th Annual Festival will see no less than 70 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, the younger literary enthusiasts can take part in the first “Book Week for Young Readers” where they can participate in story telling sessions with some of the children’s Authors attending the event. The 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, 19 May to Sunday, 21 May 2017

Times : Friday 10h00 to 19h00, Saturday, 10h00 to 20h00 & Sunday, 10h00 to 13h00

Venue : Various locations in Franschhoek

Tickets : can be purchased online at https://www.webtickets.co.za/

 Prices  : Tickets cost R70 per event

               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

Event Dates

  • Starts: 2017/05/19 at 08:00
  • Ends: 2017/05/21 at 11:00

Entrance Price

  • From: 70 ZAR
  • To: 70 ZAR

Contact Us

Franschhoek Literary Festival
 Town Hall

Town Hall
7690 Franschhoek
Western CapeSouth Africa
33° 54′ 36.72″ S, 19° 7′ 9.98″ E
work: +27 21 876 3603
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