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Time of the Writer is one of the largest and longest-running literature festivals in Africa. Over the years, it has hosted a wide variety of internationally-acclaimed thought leaders from all over the world, with the main focus on Africa.
Approximately 20 writers from South Africa, Africa and different parts of the world will feature in this year’s week-long edition. This year’s edition will include a variety of roundtable discussions, readings, seminars, book launches, and developmental programmes such as workshops, master classes and motivational talks.
Mr David wa Maahlamela, Director of the CCA, said: “This year marks the second decade of the Time of the Writer, thus we have a full programme that includes the launching of a national literary gem, uNodumehlezi kaMenzi, an isiZulu version of (the late) Professor Mazisi Kunene’s internationally-acclaimed Emperor Shaka the Great. As we successfully celebrated the 20th edition of Poetry Africa last year, this edition, under the theme ‘The past paving the future’, is also going to be spectacular.”
The festival will also host workshops in schools, community arts centres, tertiary institutions and prisons in Durban and Pietermaritzburg. As usual, the evening programme will be at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, Howard College Campus (UKZN).
Organised by the Centre for Creative Arts (University KwaZulu-Natal), the 20th Time of the Writer is supported by the City of Durban, the KZN Department of Arts and Culture, the National Department of Arts and Culture, the Mazisi Kunene Foundation, the Goethe Institut, and the Alliance Francaise Durban. The Centre for Creative Arts is housed in the College of Humanities’ School of Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.