Live Blogging from the Franschhoek Litfest.

Posted: May 15, 2009 in Live! Blogging.


 I am off to join in on the ultimate in adventure sport for bibliophiles; the Franschhoek Literary Festival.  Drool over the latest releases by local authors, scream in horror and delight at the slam poetry and eat and drink in the pastoral streets and frosty mountain air.   True to Stark’s unVirgo-esque nature, not a ticket has been bought nor an itinerary planned.  All I know is that Sindiwe Magona (Beauty’s Gift) Tom Eaton, Vikas Swarup, the deliciously controversial Max du Preez and many others will be there …  Ah and Koos Kombuis. Wonder what he is up to?  There will be a play by one of my heroes, Mike van Graan, and music and poetry recitial, and of course all the delicious Franschhoek wine that you can drink.  Unlike slumming it in a tent at the recent KKNK, I will be staying in a room with four walls and a roof. I believe it is called a Hotel; the Protea Hotel nonetheless.  Ah there is something to be said for hot showers, clean sheets and snug pillows.

What I really like is that the Litfest uses  the money raised to buy books for local schools and to support the crèches.
Close by my side will be my sand and sky sister, Teliwe; she who dances with lanterns and swims with Sangomas.  So we are looking forward to a weekend filled with laughter, debate, dreams, music and fantasy as we run through the imaginariums of our minds and join the rest of the Clan of the Book.  We will be avoiding any snooty bookish types, smoking their pipes and snobbishly rattling on about pushing out that first novel and bla blah. 
Litfest – 15-17 May 2009


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