We are delighted to announce that the 2016 Franschhoek Literary Programme is now available for viewing on this website. A printable version is also available.
Tickets can now be purchased on webtickets.co.za
More about the Franschhoek Literary Festival:
The Franschhoek Literary Festival Library Fund aims to create a generation of readers
Encouraging a culture of reading in the Franschhoek valley and raising funds for a new community library and local school libraries were important reasons for establishing the Franschhoek Literary Festival in 2007. The FLF Library Fund has invested extensively in Four primary school libraries and continuing book donations to a container children’s library, crèches and other libraries, not only financially but in terms of energy and interest in the reading habits and well-being of the learners in the valley. In addition, two reading for enjoyment initiatives are helping to create a generation of readers who are now moving up the schools:
The FLF Book Week for Young Readers is in its fifth year
2016 will be the fifth year of the Book Week for Young Readers which precedes each Festival, bringing over fifty children’s authors, storytellers, performance poets and workshop facilitators to visit every class in eight schools in the valley, engaging with nearly 5000 youngsters.
The FLF School Library Project is in its fourth year
Established in October 2012 with the intention of creating libraries in four primary schools, the Project is now running on oiled wheels, which is very rewarding after more than three years of focused hard work. The learners are enthusiastic about their library lessons, love the bright and beautiful new books, and enjoy story time in the younger grades. They are responsible borrowers and library users, so that very few books are damaged or lost. The sight of a class rushing into the library for their lesson, listening with delight to books being read in their mother tongue and English, readily interacting with the readers and eagerly selecting the next book to take home is heart-warming and affirming. The Project has trained, supervises and helps to fund library assistants in the schools who do excellent work, balancing fun library spaces with guidance in library discipline. It is gratifying that the schools now see the value of libraries and of leisure reading in the education process, and that managements and teachers are fully supportive and appreciative of their libraries. Around R1.5m has been spent on stocking, staffing, training, supervising and facilitating the operation of these libraries, and on improving the book stocks in other local schools and libraries. The Project has put over 5000 books into the four primary schools, established regular weekly library lessons for 65 classes, and continues to positively influence the reading experience of at least 3000 learners each year.
Margie Cunnama, FLF School Project Librarian
For more information see www.flf.co.za