When top selling authors get together at the inaugural Greyton Book Club Festival from 5 to 7 August you know you’re in for a treat. Add to that the charm of the village, the delightful venues hosting the authors and an imaginative and fun weekend that combines the love of reading with the many attractions the village has to offer. Take time out to unwind with your book club buddies or simply take your partner for a retreat into the country side and a restful weekend for book lovers of all ages. Renowned local authors Margie Orford, Christopher Hope and Finuala Dowling, award winning Lauren Beukes along with Sarah Lotz, Jason Drew and Paul Nel, Kerry Hammerton and Beverley Rycroft bring their imagination to the fore and speak about the books they love and the books they have written. The village will be alive with words, music and good food from Friday to Sunday. An informal cocktail party on Friday evening introduces you to other book lovers. Or if you feel like being entertained then enjoy a movie featuring Mma Ramotswe for a relaxing beginning to your weekend. Explore this village, meet the artists and residents and then join the varied workshops that make up the weekend. Taste Von Geusau chocolates whilst hearing about Wordsworth top 10 books, Join Margie Orford and Sarah Lotz at The Ladle as they ‘Once upon a crime’ is revealed. If you’ve dreamt of being a writer then listening to Christopher Hope can ignite those dreams. Lauren Beukes (winner of the Arthur C Clarke award for Zoo City) & Sarah Lots chats about ‘re-imagining Africa’ and inspires with their vivid ideas. For a trip into the past, Paul Nel will be in discussion about a long gone Oudtshoorn and a character that changed legal procedure. The environment is on everyone’s lips – how can we make a difference? Jason Drew tells us that Civilisation is on the Brink in his book The Protein Crunch, but opportunities abound if we look for the solutions. For poetry lovers Finuala Dowling brings the written word to life and, with her students, creates a haven of beautifully crafted words that cover the funny, the poignant and the dramatic. Beverly Rycroft and Kerry Hammerton join her in showing the power that is poetry. A gala dinner at The Oaks Estate offers the chance to share your reading passions with other book clubs and meet the authors and take part in a literary quiz! A jam packed few days that offers other activities besides books: from cookery demonstrations and tastings, nature talks with young authors, music and more this unique literary and social gathering is a true retreat into the country where you can share your reading passions in one of South Africa’s most picturesque towns just 90 minutes from Cape Town. Festival programme www.greytonbookclubfestival.co.za Booking through Webtickets. www.webtickets.co.za