The Ramsgate Literary Festival 2016

The Ramsgate Literary Festival 2016


The second Ramsgate Literary Festival, sponsored by Ugu South Coast Tourism, returns to the Village of Ramsgate on 24th September as part of Heritage Day Celebrations.

Set in the picturesque seaside hamlet of Ramsgate on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, the Festival will once again celebrate all things unique about Ramsgate including good books, art exhibitions, quirky museums, fine wines and antiques.

According to Festival organiser Vicky Wentzel of Wozani Africa Events, “Last year’s inaugural festival was such a success that the Ramsgate Tourism Sub Committee has decided that this Festival should become an annual event and are looking towards growing this into a must-do, annual cultural calendar event each year over the Heritage weekend.”

The Festival programme consists of 10 guest speakers who will be presenting talks on a variety of topics at The Whale Deck in Ramsgate, starting at 10h00 and running through until 16h00. In addition, book sales, cuisine and entertainment are included in the line-up.

The Tangent Strings Duo will be performing at the Author’s lunch that takes place at 13h15 on Saturday at The Whale Deck.

Throughout the day, Ramsgate Stationers will be selling guest authors’ recent publications as well as a selection of local authors’ works. Festival visitors can expect artisan food stalls, oysters and bubbly as well as beautifully bespoke baked goods.

The Ramsgate Knit Twits will also be in attendance at the Festival supporting their charity The Comfort Fund. The Knit Twits are a group of ladies who meet once a month to yarn for The Comfort Fund and this year they invite you to look out for a very interesting wheelchair and a ‘yarn bombed’ South African flag, which has been created for the Hibiscus Retirement Village’s Frail Care Centre.

Says Justin Mackrory, CEO of Ugu South Coast Tourism, “The 24th of September promises to be a very quirky, entertaining and diverse day and with the very exciting line-up of authors representing so many topics; we really encourage you to enjoy the full day’s offerings and engage with fascinating people.

“These are South Africans sharing their stories and creating magic in the written word, so please support them. We do not want our future generations growing up without knowledge of our local stories and only knowing how to engage in abbreviated cell phone talk.

“The Literary Festival reinforces solid educational messages however in a fun and real way – plus we have the founder of the SA Bloggers Association presenting – so yes, we are keeping up with the times! Bring the kids, bring the family. You will be surprised at how rewarding it is.”

For more information, contact Vicky Wentzel at Wozani Africa Events on 0828127944 or [email protected]

Programme of events:

10h00 – Official Festival Opening
Ruth Fifield: What our lives be like without books!

10h15 – Bobby Verwey “The Way it Was” BOOK LAUNCH
The pressure and attitude in sport – my life journey

10h45 – Barry Smith – “The Next Step”
How to make the years in retirement the best years

12h15 – Sandile Nene – SA Bloggers Association (Founder)
“How to Grow Your On Line Presence”

12h45 – Tumelo Moleleki – “His Joy”
The relevance of languages in literature: From my vantage point

13h15 – Authors & Media Lunch
Angus Kerr Violinist Performance

13h45 – Viroshen Chetty – “Legends of the Tide”
Finding new markets from a publishing & writing perspective

Neelan Govender – “Beyond the Stethoscope”
The Township Doctor

14h15 – Dave Baker – “If I Retreat Shoot Me”
Side With the English? Never!

15h00 – John Costello – “Mkambati and the Wild Coast”
South Africa and Pondoland’s Unique Heritage

15h30 – Dr Mike Hardwich – “The Lion and the Lamb”, “The Rhino and the Rat”, and “The Tiger and the Tortoise”
The challenges, heartache and joy of being a country vet in South Africa

Download the programme here

Who to contact...

Tel: 082 812 7944

Email: [email protected]


How to get there...

Address: At the Whale Deck in Ramsgate

What will it cost...

The festival is free of charge

Author: Veronica Ridderhof

Veronica loves being creative. Most days find her behind the computer creating or designing something awesome. Veronica enjoys running, trying new recipes and relaxing with a good book and her cat, Bubby.

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