Franschhoek Literary Festival 2019 in pictures

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The Franschhoek Literary Festival took place from 17 - 19 May 2019. There were thirteen time slots, each slot had up to eight parallel sessions.

The Franschhoek town hall

Adam Habib

Spotted in the bookstore, Habib was reading the back cover of Saskia Bailey's Whatever (Jacana Media) when this photo was taken.

Africa Melane

Amy Heydenrych

Former spy master Barry Gilder

Carol Gibbs and Ingrid Winterbach

Nigerian author and gay-rights activist Chiké Frankie Edozien with local author and celebrity chef Lesego Semenya

The bookshop

Customers enjoying the tranquility of the bookshop

Deon Meyer and Marianne Vorster

Dianne Stewart

Don Pinnock

Ekow Duker

Exclusive Books sold books at each venue and they ran the bookshop.

Gift Mofhu is one of many artists who was selling his work next to the Franschhoek Town Hall.

Greg Mills

The Green Room, where authors, personnel and journalists could grab a bite and something to drink in between shows.

Food, because festival goers cannot live from books alone.

George Orwell's Notes on nationalism (a Penguin classic) being read while waiting to help customers

Another reader of George Orwell's Notes on nationalism

Gys Loubser on the sound desk

Heather Morris, the Australian author of the international best-seller The tattooist of Auschwitz

Heinrich van den Berg

Helen Lunn

The local hospice raised funds by selling food and water.

Imraan Coovadia

Irma Venter and Nèlleke de Jager

Jacques Rousseau

Joanne MacGreggor

Karabo Kgoleng

Karin Cronjé

Lauri Kubuitsile

Leon Schreiber, Victor Dlamini and Pieter van Zyl

Linda Kaoma

Lorraine Sithole and Steven Boykey Sidley

Máire Fisher

Marcus Byrne

Melusi Tshabalala

Michael le Cordeur

Michelle Sacks


Nancy Richards

Peter and Paula Church, Peter's Crackerjack was published by Catalyst Press in the USA and is being distributed in South Africa by LAPA.

Former British politician and anti-Apartheid activist Peter Haine with Kate Sidley

Porcupine Ridge is a large sponsor of the Franschhoek Literary Festival.

Qarnita Loxton

Rutendo Tavengerwei

Second-hand books on sale

Shelagh Foster is the director of the Franschhoek Literary Festival.

Simon Sebag Montefiore is the best-selling and prize-winning writer of history and fiction whose books are published in 48 languages.

The ticket sellers

Samoosas that came all the way from heaven

Sipho Hlongwane, Rekgotsofetse Chikane, Sihle Kumalo and Kharnita Mohamed

Street art

Sue Nyathi

Terbedore provided the coffee

Tony Peake

Trevor Sacks

Wamuwi Mbao

Ukrainian-born Zanna Sloniowska who now lives in Poland

Zapiro the fearless cartoonist, Harris Dousemetzis, Wandile Ngcaweni and Tom Eaton

Photographs and text: Izak de Vries

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