Bookings for the 6th annual Knysna Literary Festival, from 18-22 March only opened early in February and some events are nearly sold out.
A five-day-long literary experience, the KLF offers attendees a diverse programme that includes small-group workshops, larger-group presentations, informal chats with authors and the opportunity to visit some of Knysna’s most exclusive private properties.
Festival manager Sasha Campbell explains, “This year we are thrilled to have South African celebrity cartoonist and author Jonathan Shapiro, famous as Zapiro, join us at the festival and apparently everyone else is, too! His Unplugged appearance - where he will talk about his book “Democrazy” at Ile de Pain on 20 March - sold out in just four hours!”
More events are expected to sell out soon, including the Delicious Word Journey on 21 March where Zapiro will be making another appearance along with Prof Jonathan Jansen, author of “We Need to Talk,” and Braam Malherbe, author of “The Great Trek.”
The Delicious Word Journey takes attendees on a four-course journey to some of Knysna’s most magnificent private homes and gives them the opportunity to chat with authors in a small-group setting while enjoying top South African wine and cuisine.”
The 2015 programme highlights include:
20 March: See Mandela from a New Perspective with Tony Leon, author of “Opposite Mandela,” R100pp
Tony Leon will share his unique insight into an unexposed aspect of the Presidency and leadership of Nelson Mandela, including stories of how South Africa’s first democratic president related to his political opponents.
20 March: Get Inspired with a Creativity Workshop hosted by Graeme Butchart, R100pp
Discover how to renew, refresh or unblock your creative energy, see the same things a new way and acquire tools that tap deep into your intuitive creative resources.
21 March: Mingle with award-winning novelist Jo-Anne Richards, R100pp. Join in on the conversation as Eugene Ashton, Jonathan Ball MD, leads a small group chat with Jo-Anne Richards about her award-winning novel, “The Imagined Child.”
21 March: a Small Group Chat with Shani Krebs, Author of Dragons & Butterflies, R100pp
Hear author and convicted heroin trafficker Shani Krebs tell the fascinating story of his life, from the party scene of Johannesburg to 18 years spent in a Thai prison, and his miraculous recovery.
22 March: Relive the Battle of Spioenkop with Simon Blackburn, R100pp
Labelled as the worst single day for the British of the entire Anglo Boer War, military historian Simon Blackburn will take you back in time to 24 January 1900 - the day of the Battle of Spioenkop.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.webtickets.co.za, in-person at the Pam Golding Properties Knysna office at 5 Gray Street in Knysna, or via EFT. Prices vary by event. For more information call 044 382 5574, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.knysnaliteraryfestival.co.za.