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Calling all lovers of the word, prose and any kind of literary creation – this is one for your diary! The ParkWords Literary Festival, last held in 2015, takes place once again on Heritage Day, Tuesday 24 September in Tyrone Avenue, Parkview.

ParkWords offers a fun, fascinating one-day programme of events for adults and children, beginning at 09h30 and running to 21h00. Entrance to all events and activities is absolutely free of charge.

Hosted by the Parkview Residents’ Association, this unique festival celebrates the talents of the remarkable number of prominent authors, journalists and academics who live in the suburb and surrounds. Book lovers can enjoy informal literary and topical talks and debates in which participants dissect serious (and not so serious) issues.

Themes for discussion in 2019 include: Making SA work again, Writing biography and memoirs, Corruption watch, The life and legacy of Bram Fischer, Local villains and Behind the scenes on tour with the Springboks.

Participants include Peter Bruce, Sarah Buitendach, Vincent Carruthers, Audrey Coleman, Achmat Dangor, Peter Delius, Liam del Carme, Simon Gear, William Gumede, Stuart Hess, Adam Habib, Craig Higginson, Terry Kurgan, Judy Klipin, Bronwyn Law-Viljoen, Karen Lazar and many more…

For children, events include readings from new books by acclaimed local authors, Little Frida’s Book Cart, a hot-air balloon photo booth and Mbongi Works’ amazing wire car. Youngsters should also be on the lookout for the Gruffalo, Where’s Wally, Maisy, Spot and Peter Rabbit.

Attendees are requested to bring used books to the library and other drop-off points for the library to resell to raise funds for new books; children are invited to sell their second-hand books (20% of profits to go to the Parkview Library to buy more books) and self-published authors are encouraged to sell their books – please email info@parkview.org.za for a stand.

Eats and refreshments will be available from the many restaurants on Tyrone Avenue. Dining and dancing will be allowed in the street after 17h00 and The Runaway Train Cult Collective band will provide music until 20:00. Books authored by those taking part (and others) will be on sale – and available for signing.

Find out more right here…

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Marcus Sep 4, 2019 at 12:52 pm

It would be a delight to be a part of this

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