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

Fuelled by the Generosity of Our Sponsors, Authors, and Supporters, 2024 Soared to Unprecedented Success!

Stay Tuned for the Unveiling of 2025’s Spectacular Journey!

Festival details

22 to 24 March 2024

Friday – Sunday 22nd to 24th March 2024

Festival map

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

2024 Participants

Confirmed writers include Ivan Vladislavić, 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!

Latest News

A Rich Tapestry of Local Storytelling: Anticipation Builds for Upcoming Simon’s Town Literary Festival Sponsored by Standard Bank

As the local literary world eagerly anticipates the upcoming Books on the Bay festival, sponsored by Standard Bank, excitement is building among book lovers, authors, and enthusiasts alike. Set against the backdrop of picturesque Simon’s Town, one of the country’s oldest and most beautiful towns, this literary festival promises to celebrate the creativity of books, as well as the writers and publishers who produce them.

Books on the Bay – Writers Take the Stage in Simon’s Town

After a successful inaugural event last year, Books on the Bay is back, with over 40 writers set to take the stage in Simon’s Town. Festival founder David Attwell is expecting something special.

FMR Cape Diary Show – Karin Cronje

Listen to Karin Cronje, co-organiser for Books on the Bay, interviewed on the FMR Cape Diary Show.

Festival Sponsors

Donate to less privileged children in rural schools with Books on the Bay and Panties for Africa.Learn more