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Stellar Line-Up at Cape Flats Book Festival

Updated: Oct 21, 2022

The second Cape Flats Book Festival took place on 15-16 October 2022 at West End Primary School in Lentegeur, Mitchells Plain. The festival was hosted 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, West End Primary School and Old Mutual.

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde, Read to Rise Chairman Nicholas Williams and West End Primary School Mr Clive Arries attended the opening ceremony.

The first-ever Cape Flats Book Festival took place in September 2019. “With the pandemic, Read to Rise sadly was not able to have the book festival in 2020 and 2021, so we are so happy to be able to host the book festival this year and we have an amazing line-up of authors, poets and illustrators.” says Taryn Lock, Executive Director.

This year the programme included Patric Tariq Mellet, Yusuf Daniels, Sara-Jayne Makwala King, Joy Watson, Malika Ndlovu, Riaan Manser, Andre Trantraal, creators of Kwezi Comics, Karina Szczurek, Nancy Richards, Blaq Pearl, Chelsea Goliath, Shana Fife, to name a few.

There were 32 sessions over the 2 days with 55 speakers. There were information sessions about self-publishing, a poetry and identity workshop (by Life Righting Collective) and the Oaky Puppet Show. There were exhibitors with books and food on sale - fun for both adults and children.

“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, food sellers and authors.

READ to RISE, founded in 2013, is a non-profit orgranisation 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 5,900 class programmes and given out over 261,000 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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