Knysna Literary Festival,

Event Date: 
18/03/2014 to 23/03/2014


Western Cape

5th Annual Knysna Literary Festival set to take place over the long weekend, 18-23 March 2014

Presented by Pam Golding Properties, the 5th annual Knysna Literary Festival takes place this year 18-23 March 2014. With 12 events spread over four days, the Festival offers a diverse programme led by some of South Africa’s top literary talent.

Kicking off on 18 March, youngsters will get inspired at the Lilliput Children’s Theatre show with Red Riding Hood taking centre stage, followed by the highly anticipated Young Writer’s Award Ceremony.

From book signings to creative writing workshops, discussion panels and formal presentations, this year’s long weekend programme includes many highlights. Among them, attendees can discuss the Fate of the Nation with journalist and passionate historian Max du Preez, embark on the Delicious Word Journey, a sell-out event to be held at Pezula private estates, and debate the Rhino Crisis with conservationist Andrew Campbell and investigative journalist and author Julian Rademeyer. These are just a few of the events being led by the more than 18 authors who will take part.

Ticket prices vary by event and are available for purchase at the Pam Golding Properties office located at 5 Gray Street in Knysna, or via EFT. To see the full programme visit, or for more information, phone 044 382 5574 or email .

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The Knysna Literary Festival proudly supports local charities, e’Pap Children’s Feed Project and the TSiBA Eden Campus Library.

Festival Programme 2014


A The Lilliput Children's Theatre - Red Riding Hood

Knysna Primary School Hall: 09h00 - 10h00
R10 pp (Booking Reference A)

Red Riding Hood learns some important lessons along the way and as in all good fairytales, she lives happily ever after. Highlights of the show include a Rock and Roll Granny and the Wolf's striptease which will have the kids rolling about with laughter.

2014 Young Writer’s Award Ceremony

Knysna Primary School Hall: 13h00 - 14h00
With special guest, Sipho Hlongwane “Get Me Started”
Free attendance

The winners of this year's creative writing competition will be announced and prizes presented to all the category winners.


B “Spud” - John van de Ruit

Simola Hotel and Spa - conference room: 09h00 - 10h30
R100 pp (Booking Reference B)

Spud fans come chat to John van de Ruit, author of the Spud series.

C “The Things that Could Not be Said” – Frank Chikane

Simola Hotel and Spa - conference room: 12h00 - 13h30
R100 pp (Booking Reference C)

Following on from the vigorous debate generated by his best-selling book “Eight Days in September: The Removal of Thabo Mbeki” Frank Chikane responds to the criticism leveled at Thabo Mbeki’s presidency.

D Creative Writing Workshop

Simola Hotel and Spa - boardroom: 12h00 - 14h00
R100 pp (Booking Reference D)

Come and listen to three accomplished fiction writers discussing the important aspects of character, dialogue, setting and how they deal with each of these in their novels. With over twenty books between them, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Jassy Mackenzie, and Stanley Trollip bring three very different perspectives to the art of writing.

E Fate of the Nation

Simola Hotel and Spa - conference room: 14h30 - 16h00
R100 pp (Booking Reference E)

Ivo Vegter “Extreme Environment”, talks to investigative journalist Max du Preez “A Rumour of Spring” and Vusi Pikoli “My Second Initiation”, about the current political climate.

F "Fitness for Old Farts” - Tim Plewman

Simola Hotel and Spa - conference room: 17h30 - 19h00
R100 pp (Booking Reference F)

Tim Plewman (Defending the Cave Man) entertains as only he knows how with insights into keeping fit and losing weight for those of us over 50!


G Mingle with Award Winning Authors

Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa: 09h00 - 10h30
R100 pp (Booking Reference G)

Eugene Ashton, Jonathan Ball MD, chats to Sunday Times 2013 Fiction Award winner Karen Jayes “For the Mercy of Water“ and international award winning crime author Ysra Sigurdardottir “Someone to Watch Over Me” about their books.

H A Lighter Shade of Grey!

Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa: 11h30 - 13h00
R100 pp (Booking Reference H)

Casey B Dolan “Appetite for Peas” chats to Jassy Mackenzie “Folly” in a lighthearted discussion about what women really want to talk about (and men would love to hear)!

I Delicious Word Journey - “The Real Meal Revolution” Tim Noakes, “What Dawid Knew - A Journey with the Kruipers” Patricia Glyn, “My Second Initiation” Vusi Pikoli

Conrad Pezula Hotel Resort and Spa - Noah’s Bar - Pezula Private Estate: 16h00 - 21h00
R350 pp (Booking Reference I)

The extremely popular Delicious Word Journey returns and gives you an opportunity to experience three exclusive properties on Pezula Private Estate. Enjoy great food, accompanied by some of South Africa's top wines whilst chatting to well-known authors.


J Alan Weyer - The Eastern Cape Frontier Wars

Conrad Pezula Hotel Resort and Spa: 09h00 - 10h30
R100 pp (Booking Reference J)

The mounting pressure from colonial expansion was resisted for over one hundred years by the Xhosa people, putting them at the forefront of African resistance. Listen to remarkable story teller Alan Weyer bring the Xhosa frontier wars to life.

K Rhino Wars – Is there hope?

Conrad Pezula Hotel Resort and Spa: 11h30 - 13h00
R100 pp (Booking Reference K)

Andrew Campbell – Conservation Matters and Game Rangers’ Association of Africa, chats to investigative journalist and author Julian Rademeyer “Killing for Profit” about the rhino poaching crisis in Southern Africa.