ParkWords - Parkview Literary Festival

ParkWords – Parkview Literary Festival

ParkWords was this amazing event that took place in Parkview yesterday, to celebrate Heritage Day.  Organized by the formidable Theresa Gibbon of the Parkview Resident Association, the first Parkview Literary Day is sure to be the first of many.

Tyrone Avenue was blocked off, the restaurants put their tables and chairs on the sidewalks and in the street, the food-truckers parked off in the library, and then there were these extraordinary talks / debates and lectures that took place in various venues, throughout the day.

A highlight for me was the Travel Talk – ‘Places to go other than Plettenberg Bay’.  Denis Beckett facilitated, with an amazing panel of travel writers and gurus, and it was clear how many places there are in South Africa to visit that are ‘off the beaten track’.  Venda was a clear highlight, the Golden Gate National Park had everyone nodding their heads, and Kaapsehoop in Mpumalanga, with it’s wild horses and open spaces is soon going to be very very busy!

We may even have had one of our own colleagues from Johannesburg Guest Houses on the travel panel!

There were political talks, publishing talks and a lot of different writers spoke.  I loved listening to Jonny Steinberg chat to Anton Harber about his new book, ‘A Man of Good Hope’.  It was clear how many literary people there are living in the area, and another highlight was listening to James Wylie and Craig Higginson talk about ‘what gets them writing’.

It’s no wonder the Parkview coffee shops are always filled with creative young, women and their laptops!  People come from far and wide to experience this lovely Johannesburg suburb.

Between the sessions the wine flowed, Love Books sold their books, Art Africa did a roaring trade with their African arts and crafts, and even the broom-sellers had a field day.

The library hosted a series of kiddies workshops, art and reading, The Gruffalo came to visit, and there were jumping castles, balloon-sculptors and cupcakes!

The Mask, a Parkview beauty salon institution, offered free skin care analysis (I am very sorry I missed this), and all in all, it was a fantastic way to spend Heritage Day.

Parkwords.  I’m sure it will take place again next year.  Don’t miss it.