Historians to commemorate Centenary at Franschhoek Literary Festival, South Africa

Posted on centenarynews.com on 17 February 2014
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The Franschhoek Literary Festival, which is held annually in South Africa, will mark the Centenary of the outbreak of the First World War as it is joined by historians Margaret Macmillan and Norman Stone.

The festival, which was first held in 2007, will take place on the 16th-18th May 2014.

The festival's two key aims are:

1. To bring together a broad cross-section of mostly South African English-speaking writers (and a few distinguished authors from overseas), aiming to present quality events that inspire and inform.

2. To raise funds for local community and school libraries, for which the Franschhoek Literary Festival Library Fund was established.

Margaret Macmillan, author of The War that Ended Peace, considers the socio-economic conditions that existed in Europe in the first decade of the 20th century, and examines the role played by Europe’s leaders in the build-up to war.

Norman Stone was once an advisor to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and has published numerous books, including World War One: A Short History and World War Two: A Short History.

The full programme for the festival will be announced at a later date.

To find out more about the Franschhoek Literary Festival, click here.

Images courtesy of the Franschhoek Literary Festival

Posted by: Daniel Barry, Centenary News