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Franschhoek Literary Festival


Friday 16 May

14h30-15h30 [29] Hospice Hall Stories from Our Treacherous Shores

Travel journalist and author Don Pinnock dives deep into South African shipwreck lore and the longstanding Grosvenor myths with Gill Vernon (Even the Cows Were Amazed) and James Whyle (Walk).


Saturday 17 May

16h00-17h00 [75] Old School Hall The Past is Never Past

Four authors whose books are set both in the past and the present tell John Maytham why they took the difficult route of different places and time zones: Justin Cartwright (Lion Heart), Claire Robertson, Tan Twan Eng and James Whyle.


Sunday 18 May

10h00-11h00 [86] Hospice Hall War Stories

Bill Nasson invites fellow war experts Tim Couzens, Norman Stone and James Whyle to recount some of the strange and lesser-known tales of conflict they have unearthed during their researches.

James's Latest Blogs

Apr.17.2014 - 7:13 am
The journalist’s problem is that he doesn’t know. He doesn’t know how long the adjournment will last. He has to talk through it, describing what has happened. That is what he is...
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Mar.03.2014 - 3:07 am
It was more a smoulder than a spark, a long smoulder, like the fires that burn for decades in disused coal mines, inhibited only by scarcity of oxygen. Sometime in the 1980s, the...
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Jan.07.2014 - 2:54 am
When I was running away from the army in Swaziland I came across Nelson Mandela's book, No Easy Walk to Freedom. It was a time when I had difficulty with any literature except...
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Nov.02.2013 - 6:30 am
  Walk is the story of a journey taken on foot in 1792, a deadly perambulation down the wild coastline of Southern Africa. It started at Lambasi in northern Pondoland and it...
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Comments from James

Mar.31.2009 - 4:53 am
In response to: Short Fuses - New Writing from The Shed
Good to hear from you. I'll ponder your question for a bit. Our fates are intertwined though, ours and Zimbabwe's. It's...
Sep.08.2008 - 10:00 am
In response to: The Sarah Palins Are Back In Vogue!
about pit bulls. Even when they wear lipstick.
Sep.07.2008 - 2:22 am
In response to: E.B. White Snows Another Victim (Thanks to Cheryl for calling this to my attention!)
"do not affect a breezy manner."
Aug.26.2008 - 11:24 pm
In response to: The Most "Famous" Writer You've Seen Read?
I saw Doris Lessing read at Wits University in Johannesburg. The Four Gated City had been a formative book in my life,...
Aug.22.2008 - 2:23 am
In response to: Tobias Wolff – A Damn Fine Writer.
But I’d read all three. (None of the them are long books). And I’d read them in the order they were written in: This...

Published Reviews

Published by Daily News
Whyle... transforms written history into literature. Where the report gives sketchy outlines, he reimagines this as the war of people against nature, and of people against one...

Upcoming Events

Start: 16 May 2014 - 7:19 am
End: 18 May 2014 - 7:19 am
Franschhoek, Cape, RSA