With a continuing focus on good accessible writing and diversity, the many Southern African writers range from renowned to little-known, and the topics from biography, history and politics to poetry, literary fiction and love stories.
The Franschhoek Literary Festival was started in 2007 by a committee of six volunteers who aimed to create a festival of mostly English-speaking local writers, with a few coming from overseas. The ultimate goal was to raise funds for a new community library where it is most needed. They weren’t sure if fifty or five hundred people would come – and well over a thousand seats were sold.
Today, the Franschhoek Literary festival is one of the leading literary events on the South African calendar. Thanks to the people who buy tickets and generous funding from sponsors, the FLF Library Fund has also swelled to the point where a new library is being discussed with the local municipality. FLF associates and sponsors Porcupine Ridge Wines and the Sunday Times continue to emphasise that their involvement is specifically to promote reading and encourage writing.