Knysna Literary Festival 2020 Programme

Bookings for the 2020 Knysna Literary Festival is open at Pam Golding Properties Gray Street Office, Knysna.
Online ticket sales available on Webtickets.

FESTIVAL POLICY: UNRESERVED SEATING / ALL TICKETS ARE NON REFUNDABLE – NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED

FRIDAY 6TH MARCH

Catching Tadpoles: The Shaping of a Young Rebel | Ronnie Kasrils

Premier Resort The Moorings
09h00 – 10h00
R150 pp
(Booking Ref A)

Former Minister and apartheid activist Ronnie Kasrils takes the audience on a ride through his childhood and what made him give up privilege to take up arms, join the liberation struggle and spend 27 years in exile fighting the apartheid government.

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Fate of the Nation: Adriaan Basson, Qaanitah Hunter, Pieter du Toit

Premier Resort The Moorings
11h00 – 12h30
R150 pp
(Booking Ref B)

South Africa faces complex challenges like slow economic growth, inequality, unemployment, corruption, racism, crime and unrest. Adriaan Basson (Blessed by Bosasa) chats to Qaanitah Hunter (Balance of Power) and Pieter du Toit (Stellenbosch Mafia) about the current political and socio-economic climate and how South Africa can rise above these challenges to become the rainbow nation once again.

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Becoming an author: Jeremy Boraine, Stanley Trollip, Michael Sears

Premier Resort The Moorings
13h00 – 14h00
R150 pp
(Booking Ref C)

Many people want to write, but many never end up writing because the thought is too daunting. Jeremy Boraine (Jonathan Ball publishing director) chats to Stanley Trollip and Michael Sears about wanting to write fiction. The discussion will lead you through all the stages, including developing the arc of the story, the plot, the characters, how to keep readers engaged, improving the quality of your writing, and finally a section on how to get published.

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The Stellenbosch Mafia #2: Mandy Wiener, Pieter du Toit

Premier Resort The Moorings
15h00 – 16h00
R200 pp
(Booking Ref M)

Mandy Wiener (Ministry of Crime) chats to Pieter du Toit (Stellenbosch Mafia) about Stellenbosch, and closely examines its ‘club’ of billionaires. This is the birthplace of apartheid leaders, intellectuals, newspaper empires and more. Who really are these super wealthy individuals, and what influence do they exert on South African society?

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The Stellenbosch Mafia: Mandy Weiner, Pieter du Toit – SOLD OUT

Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa
18h00 – 21h00
R600 pp  |  Dinner and wine paring included

Mandy Weiner (Ministry of Crime) chats to Pieter du Toit (Stellenbosch Mafia) about Stellenbosch, and closely examines its ‘club’ of billionaires. This is the birthplace of apartheid leaders, intellectuals, newspaper empires and more. Who really are these super wealthy individuals, and what influence do they exert on South African society?

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SATURDAY 7TH MARCH

Money Matters: Anthea Gardner, Chris Holdsworth, Ivo Vegter

Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa
09h30 – 10h30
R150 pp
(Booking Ref F)

South Africans are jittery investors, and readily chop and change their portfolios in response to market volatility. In this discussion with Anthea Gardner and Chris Holdsworth, we’ll consider practical advice for growing your money in rough seas and look ahead to see whether we’re headed for calmer waters or a rocky shore.

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Three Bodies: Nechama Brodie

Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa
11h00 – 12h00
R150 pp
(Booking Ref G)

Nechama is a veteran journalist and best selling author of six books. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including the Sunday Times and Mail & Guardian in a career spanning more than twenty years in media. Three Bodies is her second novel.

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Coconut Kelz: Lesego Tlhabi

Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa
13h00 – 14h00
R150 pp
(Booking Ref H)

Meet the alter ego of talented comedian and satirist Lesego Tlhabi, Coconut Kelz. Kelz is a young white woman trapped in a black woman’s body. She lives in Sandton, never tries to leave and is a staunch member of the DA with a mild case of apartheid nostalgia. This is a tongue-in-cheek look at the state of politics in our country.

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Delicious Word Journey: Kgotsi Chikane, Kim van Kets, Liam Del Carme

Cruise Café
17h30 – 22h30
R900 pp  |  Dinner and wine pairing included
(Booking Ref I)

Enjoy a unique and unforgettable experience onboard the recently refurbished Paddle Cruiser. We’ll dock for some lagoon side dining at Featherbed Nature Reserve where you’ll enjoy great food and wine, whilst chatting to well-known South African authors. Kgotsi Chikane (Breaking a rainbow, building a nation), Kim van Kets (Tri The Beloved Country), Liam Del Carme (Winging It).

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SUNDAY 8TH MARCH

Dare not Linger: Mandla Langa, Mandy Weiner

Premier Resort The Moorings
09h00 – 10h00
R150 pp
(Booking Ref J)

Mandy Weiner chats to acclaimed author Mandla Langa who using Nelson Mandela’s unfinished draft, documented the story of Mandela’s presidential years. His book tells the extraordinary story of the transition from decades of apartheid rule to achieving his cherished vision for a liberated South Africa.

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The Eighth Summit: Peter van Kets

Premier Resort The Moorings
11h00 – 12h00
R150 pp
(Booking Ref K)

Peter van Kets is one of the world’s top extreme endurance adventurers and inspirational speakers. Amongst other things he’s rowed unsupported across the Atlantic and trekked the South Pole. Peter’s story is one about the power of the human spirit and holds life lessons for us all.

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Chef’s Playdate #3.0: Set a Table – Karen Dudley – SOLD OUT

île de païn
13h00 – 16h00
R950 pp  |  Lunch and wine pairing included

île de païn chefs are excited to welcome you to chef’s playdate #3.0 Join us for a wholesome harvest luncheon to gather folk around a table and celebrate Karen Dudley’s third book “Set a Table”.

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