In 2009 the South African adventurer Riaan Manser became the first person to paddle around Madagascar in a kayak. Manser wrote a book about his adventure. He will be one of several authors at this year's Knysna Literary Festival. (Photo: www.madaCamp.com.)
KNYSNA NEWS - Current affairs, from politics and adventure to mystery and a dash of cuisine, are the themes of the fourth annual Knysna Literary Festival to be held in Knysna from March 19 to 24.
Renowned authors and raconteurs include Deon Meyer (author of 7 Days), Rob Caskie (Rorke’s Drift and Shackleton Expedition), Riaan Manser (Around Iceland on Inspiration), Sarah Graham (Bitten), McIntosh Polela (My Father my Monster) and Shaka Sisulu (Becoming).
Launched in 2010 by Ling Dobson of Pam Golding Properties Knysna, the Knysna Literary Festival aims to celebrate literature and encourage literacy.
"Our goal is not only to expose locals and visitors alike to South Africa’s literary talent, but also to stimulate the children of Knysna and encourage them to read and write more," says Dobson. "We have a writers' competition and theatre activities intended to inspire young people."
She added, 'The Knysna Literary Festival is a perfect way to give back to the community and, for the second year, beneficiaries include the e’Pap Children's Feeding Project and the TSiBA Eden Campus library."
The festival promises to expose the rich heritage of history and culture that has meshed together to make Knysna unique and also to challenge people's senses and literary perceptions.