One of the most anticipated festival’s on the South African literary calendar, the Franschhoek Literary Festival, has released its 2018 programme. Taking place on the 18th, 19th and 20th of May this year, the FLF has once again put together a jam packed programme featuring both local and international writers, offering something for everyone.

We are thrilled to have a number of Pan Macmillan authors take part at this year’s festival. Below is a taste of who you can catch in Franschhoek this year. You can view the full programme here.


Angela Makholwa: A reader’s favourite, Angela’s latest release The Blessed Girl has received rave reviews and is topping the local fiction charts. 

Phumlani Pikoli: Phumlani’s debut collection of short stories The Fatuous State of Severity is a fresh collection that explores themes surrounding the experiences of a generation of young, urban South Africans.

Peter Harris: An award winning non-fiction author, Peter’s latest title Bare Ground, is his first foray into fiction.

Kate Mosse:an international bestselling author Kate will be releasing her latest title The Burning Chambers, just in time for the festival. Kate is the Co-Founder and Chair of the Board of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and in June 2013, was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to literature.

Achmat Dangor: a well known political activist from a young age, Achmat’s novels include the Booker shortlisted Bitter Fruit, a collection of short stories called Strange Pilgrimages and his latest release, the much acclaimed Dikaledi. 


Mandy Wiener: a multi award winning journalist and best-selling author, Mandy’s much anticipated new book, Ministry of Crime, will examine how organised crime, gangsters and powerful political figures have been able to capture the law enforcement authorities and agencies. 

Mandla Langa: an acclaimed novelist, Mandla’s latest work has been completing the task of the unfinished draft and seeing the international publication of Nelson Mandela’s Dare Not Linger. 

Bantu Holomisa: highly respected and popular political figure, Bantu Holomisa will be in Franschhoek to talk about The Game Changer, his biography written by senior political reporter Eric Naki.

Thando Manana:sports fans can look forward to events with Thando and popular sports journalist Sibusiso Mjikeliso about Being a Black Springbok: The Thando Manana Story, a remarkable and refreshing sports biography.