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2023 Cape Flats Book Festival set for 4-5 November 2023

The third Cape Flats Book Festival is set to take place on 4-5 November 2023 at West End Primary School in Lentegeur, Mitchells Plain. The festival is organised by literacy NGO Read to Rise and this year’s book festival is sponsored by the Western Cape Government, Department of Cultural Affairs and Sports and West End Primary School. Read to Rise Chairman Nicholas Williams and West End Primary School Principal Mr Clive Arries will attend the opening ceremony on Saturday 4 November 2023 at 10am.

“We’re excited to be hosting the third Cape Flats Book Festival in November and have some amazing authors and poets lined up. There’s lots for both adults and children and the events are free to attend.” says Taryn Lock, Executive Director.

This year the programme includes poets Siphokazi Jonas, Diana Ferris, Khadija Heeger, Cape Cultural Collective poets, Poets Vannie Kaap, Mengelmoesdigters, 13 year old poet Leila Phoenix Alexander, to name a few. Authors include Patric Tariq Mellet, Nadia Kamies, Tessa Dooms & Lynsey Chutel (Coloured), Nikki Munitz (Fraud), Yusuf Daniels, Joy Watson, Sarah Isaacs (Glass Tower), Mia Arderne, Baydu Adams, Nadine Dirks (Hot Water), Sindiwe Magona, Megan Choritz, Getrude Fester, Dennis Cruywagen, Willy Mathys and many more.

Children’s book authors include Karen Theunissen, Nonikiwe Mashologu, Naomi Meyer, Anthony Silverston, Christina Kleynhans, Paulvin Webster, Daniel Clarke & Dan Snaddon (KARIBA) and many more.

There will be over 40 sessions during the 2 days with over 60 speakers. There will be a poetry and identity workshop (by Life Righting Collective) and an information session for aspiring writers. Kids can come see the Oaky Puppet Show and an appearance by Oaky the mascot. There will be exhibitors with books and food on sale - fun for both adults and children.

The book festival will take place Saturday November 2023 10:00-16:00 and Sunday 5 November 2023 10:00-14:30 at West End Primary School, Merrydale Avenue, Lentegeur, Mitchells Plain. Entrance is free.

We are grateful to West End Primary School for hosting the event once again and we thank the Office of the Western Cape Premier and Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sports for sponsoring the events. We also thank The Plainsman for their media coverage of the Cape Flats Book Festival.

“The Cape Flats Book Festival is rewriting the narrative of the Cape Flats by bringing stories, ideas and dreams to life. We are recasting literary festivals as events relevant and accessible to everyone. We are building bridges between communities. Our mission is to explicitly bring SA’s authors and publishers to the Cape Flats and to showcase the Cape Flats’ authors. These two worlds, so often structurally divided, are brought together at the festival.” says Read to Rise Co-Founder Athol Williams.

The Cape Flats Book Festival brings children and adults together around books - the best way to inspire to read is for them to see adults reading. It also facilitates economic opportunities for book sellers, publishers, NGOs, food sellers and authors.

READ to RISE, founded in 2013, is a non-profit organisation that promotes youth literacy in under-resourced communities in South Africa. We hope to inspire children to read so that they can ‘rise’ above their circumstances. To date, the organisation has conducted over 6,800 class programmes and given out over 300,000 new story books to children around South Africa.

For more information or if you would like to assist READ to RISE in promoting youth literacy, please visit or email

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