Welcome to Books on the Bay, the Simon’s Town Literary Festival.

The runaway success of Books on the Bay, Simon’s Town’s inaugural literary festival, is gearing up for an encore in 2024!

Save the dates: 22-24 March 2024, with events being planned in venues throughout the town.

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Books on the Bay is proud to announce that internationally renowned Margie Orford will offer a once-off Masterclass at this year’s festival, with the theme of “Writing the Body.”

There are limited participants available so sign up now!

Festival details

22 to 24 March 2024

Friday – Sunday 22nd to 24th March 2024

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Everything you need to know about the venues and getting here.

2024 Participants

Confirmed writers include Ivan Vladislavic, Darrel Bristow-Bovey, Mphuthumi Ntabeni, Margie Orford, Craig Higginson, Justin Fox, Finuala Dowling, Ashwin Desai, C.A. Davids, Antony Osler, Annemarié van Niekerk, Imraan Coovadia and many more. View Authors

Books on the Bay is a community-supported non-profit festival – with your help, we can continue to bring inspiring experiences and programs to the far south. Your contribution will ensure that future generations of book lovers get the opportunity to explore literature in all its forms!

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