Franschhoek Wine Valley

The Franschhoek Literary Festival (FLF) 2017 promises treasures for visitors and writers alike

The FLF has always been known for its palette of politics, literacy, literature, humour, creativity, controversy and contrast. This year is no exception, with 150-plus authors from Nigeria, Kenya, the UK, New Zealand, Botswana, Israel – and of course South Africa – sharing their talent, wit and insights across 105 events over three jam-packed days.

Who should be there? Everyone who loves to read, write, debate, listen, mingle with literary rock stars, drink great wine and eat great food.

Things to note:

  • The Franschhoek Literary Festival runs from Friday 19 May – Sunday 21 May 2017, 10am-6pm
  • Once again, Exclusive Books will be setting up shop in the Town Hall, including a special space for children’s reading and entertainment
  • The festival organisers have heeded the requests of day-trippers to ensure that the Sunday programme is as exciting as the rest of the festival
  • Tickets are available from and in the Town Hall foyer
  • There’s a huge variety of food sellers and eateries in the village, catering for all tastes and budgets

Here’s just a taster of what not to miss. (Find the full programme on

In Measuring the rift, Rebecca Davis asks journalist and agricultural economist Tracy Ledger and international relations and African diplomacy scholar Oscar van Heerden how far we are from equality, and what it looks like.

Rattling the cage of discrimination invites Sifiso Ndlovu, Anastacia Tomson, Griffin Shea and Marianne Thamm to interrogate the systems that divide South Africans, and how we can dismantle them.

Hawk’s eye view. General Johan Booysen and author Jessica Pitchford share his side of the story in this shocking true tale of power and politics, deceit and betrayal. Peter Bruce is in the chair.

In Spy vs spy SAfm’s Nancy Richards, Jonathan Ancer and Bridget Hilton-Barber talk of writing about some of the villains and heroes of our recent history.

Killer women has Joanne Hichens asking crime writers Irna van Zyl, Karin Brynard and Sally Andrew about the role of women in detective and crime fiction.

Authors in conversation. Michiel Heyns and SJ Naude discuss their writing, their new books and what it means to be a professional author.

For everyone who’s ever wanted to be a writer: Love reading, love writing in which Joanne Hichens speaks to Nandipha Tshabane, Ndibulele Sotondoshe and Sicelo Kula about how their writing came to be published.

In Why are we still talking genre? Fred Strydom leads the conversation with Steven Boykey Sidley, Lesley Pearse and Richard Mason as they discuss labels, boxes and literature.

Are writers born or made? Bronwyn Law-Viljoen considers the ways writers find to practice their craft, with Ekow Duker, Miranda Sherry and Sindiwe Magona.

World building explores where writers start when creating a fictional world. Pamela Power exchanges ideas about the creative impetus, the lifeblood of storytelling, with Marcus Low and Qarnita Loxton.

I started writing when…: Tamara LePine-Williams takes novelists Neil Sonnekus, Marita van der Vyver and Richard Mason back to the beginning.

Playing with words explores the rules of writing, and how to break them: Sue de Groot tests the boundaries of poets Blaq Pearl and Shirmoney Rhode and novelist Claire Robertson.

Is it hard writing for easy reading? The best writers make it seem effortless, but how much mental sweat goes into achieving this end? Alison Lowry asks two very different authors: Lesley Pearse and Rian Malan.

The stories of history How do we understand our human past? Historian Bill Nasson asks researcher Christa Kuljian, Francis Wilson and novelist Harry Kalmer about searching for truth through science and fiction.

In Straddling worlds Wamuwi Mbao delves into stories of families with feet in the present and past, as told by Ekow Duker and Sindiwe Magona.

Mastering the past with historian Bill Nasson, Fred Khumalo, Philippe Sands and Tim Butcher, consider the challenges and obligations of understanding the past.

Lesley Pearse in her own words has bestselling romance writer Lesley Pearse in a rollicking discussion with Jenny & Co bookclub founder Jenny Crwys-Williams.

Don’t miss An appetite for success in which Tamara LePine-Williams (ClassicFM) peels back the layers of Groendal's own Reuben Riffel and his author Sam Woulidge to reveal this remarkable 'local to legend' story.

Sophie Hannah in her own words. Travel writer and shameless Agatha Christie fan Darrel Bristow-Bovey finds out more about crime writer and the new voice of Hercule Poirot, Sophie Hannah.


Media: Sarah Browne, media liaison

Programme: Shelagh Foster, festival director

On the ground: Sheenagh Tyler, festival manager,

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Franschhoek Wine Valley exists to:

  • Develop and implement marketing plans to profile the Franschhoek Wine Valley
  • Arrange and advertise events that support the Franschhoek Wine Valley brand image and which encourage visitors to the Valley
  • Represent the business interests of our members to the Stellenbosch Municipality
  • Aggregate the combined buying power of our members to leverage economy of scale benefits from service providers
  • Coordinate free advisory services and discussion forums to support our member’s businesses

Our Accolades

  • TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards 2020 - Top 25 Emerging Worldwide Destinations (15th position).
  • Tripadvisor Traveller's Choice Destination Winner 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015
  • Most Memorable Wine Route 2014, 2013 & 2012
  • Service Excellence Award - 2015
  • Best Tourism Event 2015 - Franschhoek Bastille Festival
  • Best Local Tourism Authority Information service 2013 & 2012

Tourism Levy

Certain establishments in Franschhoek may levy visitors with voluntary contributions towards the running of the FWV and to support local charities. Should visitors not wish to contribute to these causes, please indicate this to the relevant merchant.


Maintenance & validity of all business operating permits, licences and registration certificates are the responsibility of the business owner. Franschhoek Wine Valley takes no responsibility for the renewal of the required legal business operating documentation.


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Franschhoek Wine Valley

Physical Address
62 Huguenot Road

Office hours
Monday: 09h00 – 12h00
Tuesday to Friday: 09h00 – 16h00
Saturday: 09h00 – 13h00
Sunday: closed

Contact Details
+27(0) 21 876 2861



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