committeeAn Ad-hoc committee has been formed to begin planning for a proposed Literary Festival to be held in the Kouga region at a date to be specified in 2019.

The committee, which had been brought together by author and retired ambassador, Mzuvukile (Mzi) Maqetuka (centre), currently consists of Mr Maqetuka, who now resides in Marina Martinique in Jeffreys Bay, St Francis Bay author Bartle Logie (left) and Frank Nunan, St Francis Bay-based Publishing Facilitator.

The formation of the committee was triggered by the formation of a similar committee for the organisation of a Literary Festival in Mr Maqetuka's hometown of Graaff Reinet. 

The proposed festival in the Kouga already has the support of organisations such as St Francis Tourism, St Francis Links, which will in all likelihood host the 2019 Festival, and the Kouga Express newspaper.

The committee would welcome other interested parties to join them to assist in the planning of this event, which could prove to be one of the region's premier drawcards.

"We can virtually guarantee that we will attract upwards of 30 local, national, and even international writers, plus sundry publishers," said Mr Maqetuka.

Following a discussion on various possibilities, the name "KarooBook Literary Festival' was chosen as representing not only the region but also the tone and image the committee wished to project about the Festival.

It was agreed that the primary goals of the festival would be to promote literacy and education and to engender a love of reading among the people of the region.

The meeting also agreed that a date for the festival would be decided upon following investigation into the most suitable timeframe which did not clash with other similar events in the region and around the country.

It was decided that local (Graaff-Reinet) participation in the planning committee would be increased, and a number of possible participants were proposed, who would be approached by the local members of the committee.

Finally, the meeting accepted that an Author Reading Day would be held in Graaff-Reinet in November as a precursor to the main festival and to begin creating awareness of the Festival.

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