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Presented by Pam Golding Properties Knysna to promote South Africa's rich literary heritage, the Knysna Literary Festival is now in its 6th year and is the Garden Route’s only festival that annually hosts an exclusive group of hand-selected authors from South Africa and abroad.

From engaging with authors in small-group workshops to being part of larger-group presentations, and mingling with authors while sipping local wine, the Knysna Literary Festival provides attendees with a five-day long, unique literary “experience.” The diverse programme touches on current affairs, politics, history and adventure. There is even a dash of cuisine, part of the sell-out Delicious Word Journey - a four-course evening hosted by a select group of authors, spent experiencing Knysna's most exclusive private real estate.

The Festival’s goal is to not only expose locals and visitors to South Africa’s literary talent, but also to stimulate the children of the greater Knysna area and help young adults make the most of their educational opportunities.

In 2014 we achieved a record attendance of 1 500 guests, nearly double the attendance in 2013, with many events sold out. We also hosted nearly 1 000 learners at the Children’s Theatre performance. The Young Writers’ Competition has also established itself among broader group of diverse young minds and more rural schools, attracting entries in English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa.

We also believe in supporting our local community with the economic opportunities that the festival brings, and many of our support services are sourced from within Knysna, from catering and transport, to marketing services and sound equipment. Even the venues we select are intended to showcase Knysna’s talent its most unique settings, from the 5-star luxury of Conrad Pezula Resort & Spa and the one-of-a-kind Turbine Hotel & Spa to Mitchell's, Knysna's own craft brewery, and Ile de Pain, a mecca for irresistible treats.

Each year we make a point to make substantial donations to our two beneficiaries: the e’Pap Children's Feeding Project, which provides a highly nutritious breakfast each school day to 4 500 children in the Garden Route area, and TSiBA Eden, which trains matriculants from rural areas in business skills. Many TSiBA Eden students receive sponsored tickets to the festival, giving them an opportunity to be inspired by local authors first hand.

We have an amazing line-up of talented and inspiring authors planned for 2015, and challenge you to let your imagination take flight! Come and join us in Knysna for a real literary experience.




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