We are delighted to share the 2023 Franschhoek Literary Festival Programme with you.
Featuring 80+ sessions and 100+ authors and facilitators, this year’s focus is on books that have been published in the past year as well as a select number of writers who have won prizes over the past 12 months.
Highlights of the three-day programme (19-21 May) include:
- Non-fiction: Johnny Steinberg whose Winnie and Nelson: Portrait of a Marriage is one of the most anticipated books of 2023. Described as a ‘shattering, revelatory account of a relationship that shaped SA’s journey to freedom’.
- Fiction: Zimbabwe’s critically acclaimed Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu, with the final instalment of her trilogy, The Quality of Mercy and international award-winning author, Rachel Joyce (The Unlikely Genius of Harold Fry series).
- Thought-leaders: Adriaan Basson and Ferial Haffajee, who will explore the future of South Africa beyond the 2024 elections with Songezo Zibi (Manifesto), Prince Mashele (The Outsider) and Pieter du Toit (The ANC Billionaires).
- Memoir: Welcome Mandla Lishivha whose Boy On The Run is a memoir of growing up queer in a township.
- Afrikaans literature: seasoned crime writers Rudie van Rensburg and Irma Venter, and Adriaan Potgieter with In die Klipknoets van Haar Vuis about poet Sheila Cussons.
- Music and Poetry: includes Nathaniël and Charl du Plessis in concert, and a magical evening with poets and storytellers titled Words Fly Under Night Skies.
Booking opens to the general public on 17 March, but those with 2023 Festival memberships can secure their tickets from today, 10 March. You can still join our membership programme to take advantage of this advance booking while also supporting Franschhoek Reading, our community literacy initiative.