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Saturday, February 28, 2015


Writers from South Africa and Africa will gather for literary dialogue and exchange of ideas at the 18th Time of the Writer Festival.

Presented by the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal) and made possible by support from the National Department of Arts and Culture, the City of Durban, the French Institute (IFAS) and the Goethe Institute, this 18th edition takes place in Durban from March 16 to 21, 2015.

The theme for this year’s festival, Writing For Our Lives, calls attention to the urgent continuing struggle of all writers in speaking truth and bearing witness to the times through their words. Globally writers are combating censorship when the truth is too hard to swallow, challenging the reader’s perspective and sparking a passion for literature in our youth.

During this activity-rich week, audiences can expect to engage with a multitude of award-winning writers, from a wide range of political and social contexts, on the creative and technical processes and perspectives which shape their writing.

Evening readings and discussions will take place at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre (Howard College Campus) while wide reaching free day programmes are spread across Durban and the surrounding areas as part of the festival’s ongoing efforts to promote and nurture a culture of creative expression through reading and writing. This includes school visits, a publishing forum and a range of seminars and workshops.

The line-up for the 18th Time of the Writer 2015:

Writers from South Africa include Carol Campbell; Imraan Coovadia; ZP Dala; Jacob Dlamini; Ekow Duker; Craig Higginson; Mandla Langa; Thando Mgqolozona; Kirsten Miller; M J Mngadi; Nthikeng Mohele; Given Mukwevho; Futhi Ntshingila; Margaret Von Klemperer; Mzilikazi wa Afrika, and Charlotte Otter.

They will be joined by two writers from Zimbabwe - NoViolet and Sue Nyathi as well as Ousmane Diara from Mali and Dilman Dila from Uganda.

Tickets R25 for the evening sessions (R10 for students on presentation of a student card). Workshops, seminars and book launches are free of charge. Book through Computicket on 0861 915 8000 or 011 340 8000 or online at or at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from 18h00.

For more information contact the Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal, on 031 260 2506/1816 or fax 031 260 3074 or e-mail: