Fab feast at book festival

THE only time one can travel the world without leaving their comfort zone is by reading a good book.

The sixth annual Franschhoek Literary Festival (FLF) starts with Book Week for Young Readers.

This is an initiative aimed at introducing young minds to the wonders of the art of reading.

The festival will begin from May 7 to 11, leading up to the week of the main festival. During this festival, seven Franschoek Valley schools will be visited by 40 workshop facili-tators, children's book writers and young adult writers. Pupils will be able to enjoy books written in their home language and which have rele-vance to their age group.

The young minds will also be given workshops in poetry, lyrical and comic writing. They will also participate in book and poetry competition, and winners will be awarded certificates, books and other goodies.

Writers of great note in their respective genres and their well read books include Elinor Sisulu's The Day Gogo Went to Vote, Pieter Dirk-Uys's For Facts Sake!, Maya Fowler's As jy 'n Ster Sien Verskiet, Cath Groenewald's Jingle, Jingle in my Pocket,Thandi and Nosipho series, Mhlobo Jade Zweni's uTshepo Mde and Alex Latimer's The Boy Who Cried Ninja.

The initiative has, over the years, been raising funds to build a library in the community of Franschhoek and an amount of R400,000 has been raised. "We are waiting for the municipality to provide us with land to build the library," says festival publicist Gilly Hemphill.

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