If you’ve ever been romanced by a book you’ll know that it’s quite the whirlwind experience. Whether you started off as friends and it gradually grew into something more or you loved it from the first paragraph, the middle of the relationship is always the most addictive and the heartbreak is inevitable when you reach the end. Celebrate your love for books and perhaps begin a new romance at the Midlands Literary Festival with today’s Groupon: two entry tickets valid for the duration of the festival and two meal tickets for R120.
If the closest you’ve recently come to an intellectual soiree is the red wine-soaked argument you had with your flatmate about hidden meanings in “Poker Face” – you best treat yourself to this amazing spectacle of cultural creativity. Taking place in the magical Midlands Meander, the festival is an opportunity to start your spring with a step in the right direction and band together in appreciation of some of South Africa’s most talented writers.
This year, the festival features some of South Africa’s most exciting new literary talent, including Sunday Times Literary Award finalist, Shaida Kazle-Ali who will showcase her novel Not a fairy tale and winner, Sifiso Mzobe, whose novel Blood at Bay has whipped up a storm of critical acclaim. Listen in wonder as Jude Chris Nicholson speaks on the remarkable story of Papwa, get deep with Dr Ian Player or enjoy the enthusiastic musings of bestselling authors, Darryl David and Phillippe Menache as they talk about 101 Country Churches of SA. You can even expect a few appearances by sports stars such as Dan Retief, whose engaging book, The Springboks and the Holy Grail, will interest even the most indifferent sports fans. Whether you’re an imposing intellectual, a fanatical fantasy fan or the most basic of book-lovers, join in on this exciting event, celebrate South Africa’s budding bunch of freshly ground talent and lend your ears to the life-long lessons of literary legends.Intellectual musing: Before paper became commercial, controversial authors and writing renegades would write their work on their bodies and, while covering up in a coat, meet up with their hand-picked readers allowing them to view their writing. As clever as this was, police would often arrest them because it looked like they were flashing people.