Tan Twan Eng to speak at the Franschhoek Literary Festival May 2009

I wrote this post elsewhere on April 20, 2009.

by Suzan Abrams

Official tourism site for Franschhoek, a stunning wine valley off the Western Cape, South Africa.


Prominent Malaysian novelist Tan Twan Eng whose first novel, the riveting Gift of Rain set in 1930s Penang, enraptured the world and found itself on the Booker longlist for 2007, will speak at various engagements, at the Franschhoek Literary Festival, South Africa to be held from May 15-17 2009.

Besides, the predictable literary accrument likely to shape the glamorous personality of such festivals, I can only imagine that Tan together with his fellow writers, Vikas Swarup who penned the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire (original title: Q&A) and Petina Gappah, who recently published a collection of short stories on Zimbabwe’s social unrest called An Elergy for Easterly” and who is an important Zimbabwean writer in Switzerland, will be feted in perfect style while surrounded by stunning scenic views off the Western Cape.

Tan is scheduled to speak on various aspects of writing, each day of the festival. From the sounds of its website, the organisers appear to be in celebratory party mood, almost as if they may have just caught Dublin’s glorious spring weather.

Tan Twan Eng is a Malaysian lawyer who currently lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

Here is the Franschhoek Literary Festival’s website, with a detailed author programme in place. It stays a busy, vibrant website with happy reading ambitions.