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Wednesday, March 15, 2017


The Centre for Creative Arts (CCA), housed within the College of Humanities, University of KwaZulu-Natal, is currently hosting the 20th Time of the Writer Festival until March 18 in Durban. This celebratory edition is themed: The Past Paving the Future.

This year’s edition goes back to its traditional venue, the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, where panel discussions take place every evening and the daytime programme, which is a partnership with the eThekwini Municipality Libraries Department, takes place in different locations across the surrounding areas of Durban.

Time of the Writer is also proud of the partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission to host a panel discussion that will shed light on the intricacies of literature and film.

The remaining evening panels are as follows:

March 15:
-Nomsa Mdlalose, Sibongile Fisher and Megan Ross - The Art of Storytelling
-Jackie Motsepe, Busisiwe Ntintili and Lidudumalingani Mqombothi - Intersection of Literature and Film

March 16:
-Nkosinathi Sithole, EKM Dido and Khethani Njoko - Reflections and Introspection
-Dale McKinley and Ralph Mathekga - How Ascending is the Descent?

March 17:
Nakanjani Sibiya and Sabata-Mpho Mokae - Language of the Heart and Soul
Zakes Mda and Folu Agoi – Pain of the Land

All events at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre are R60 (R40 for students and pensioners) booked through Computicket or purchased at the door.

The daytime programme sees a focus on industry-related issues and a continuation of the conversations of the panel discussions, which are scheduled to start every morning at 10h00 at the following venues:

March 14: Mpumalanga (Hammarsdale) Library
March 15: KwaMashu Library
March 16:  Bayview Library
March 17: Amanzimtoti Library

All events are FREE to library or student cardholders. For members of the public without either card, a nominal fee of R20 will be requested at the box office an hour before the event. The eThekwini Municipal Libraries along with The Centre for Creative Arts will be on hand at each venue to aid those without library cards to sign up for one on the spot, all that it requires is a valid ID document and proof of residence.

The Festival will also see the launch of the late Professor Mazisi Kunene’s uNodumehlezi KaMenzi and its English version, Emperor Shaka the Great, on March 18. The Mazisi Kunene Foundation also embraced the Spirit of Kunene on March 14, where selected guests were able to view the original manuscript in Professor Kunene’s own handwriting. For further information, visit the foundation’s website:

For more information about Time of the Writer, visit or contact 031 260 2506.

Presented by the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal), the 20th Time of the Writer is made possible by support from the eThekwini Municipality, KZN Department of Arts and Culture, Living Legends, and the Mazisi Kunene Foundation Trust. The Centre for Creative Arts is housed in the School of Arts, College of Humanities at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.