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11 February 2021
Madibaland World Literary Festival: The Biggest Book Fest Around
Dear Campus Commu​nity,

There are a lot of book festivals about these days. But there has never been a festival quite like the Madibaland World Literary Festival - and you’re invited. 

The festival, bringing together over 150 writers - travel writers, foodies, novelists, poets, journalists and more - from around the world from 20 to 28 November 2020, is a partnership between the University of the Western Cape and Book Town Richmond, the only Book Town in South Africa and on the African continent. 

Local literary legends like Ashwin Desai, Fred Khumalo and Antjie Krog will join Nigerian wordsmith Chris Abani, Dutch writer Gerbrand Bakker (Boven is het stil (The twin) / De omweg (The detour)) and Irish genre-bending bestseller John Connell (The Cow Book). Travel writers like Dana Snyman and Obie Oberholzer will share the festival with political figures like Ronnie Kasrils. Journalist Anton Harber (So, For The Record) will explore the era of post-truth, unpacking how newspapers have lied, and why that’s a problem. 

There are musical sessions. poetry sessions. panels on politics, and literature, and more. 

And that’s just for starters. For more information, to view a full programme, or to register, please visit the Madibaland World Literary Festival page.

There’s something for everyone at the Madibaland World Literary Festival. Join the fun!

Prof Darryl David
Education Lecturer
Director: Madibaland World Literary Festival