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Wednesday, January 30, 2019


The Durban Review is a literary committee formed early this year by a team of published women authors, Zainab Priya Dala, Sylvia Garib and Kripa Devar. Their vision is to provide philanthropic and literary support, and instil an ethos of reading and writing into the Durban culture. The first Edition of the Durban Review focuses on Women’s Writing. An anthology commenced in 2018 with a call for voluntary submissions from women of all walks of life, both novice and experienced writers and in any of South Africa’s official languages, as well as international languages if applicable.

The mission of empowering women through writing and telling stories saw the eventual publication of the book with: Drumbeats From Africa, Writings From Women Of Africa. Durban and KwaZulu-Natal domiciled writers as well as those with ties to Durban saw 50 stories and poems make their way into this Inaugural Anthology. The largest vision for the publication was to support and empower women.

“We know there are hundreds of associations advocating women empowerment in society and globally. There are women still divided or marginalized in society -hundreds of women who need to change their lives, yearn to share their truths and their stories. As women, we wondered how we can support and empower our sisters to live meaningful lives. We are passionate authors ourselves and we believe in our own writings and so, we decided to create a supportive platform we know best, that is, through the art of writing,” say the organisers.

The stories and poetry are from South African women given an opportunity to discover their own voices through writing - stories of hardships, mental and physical abuse and suffering, and other stories of achievements, motivations and humour.

A journey that began with three women authors has now reached fruition.

The Durban Review in Association with The Consulate of India and Durban University of Technology are pleased to announce the Cover Reveal Evening and Official Inauguration Event of Drumbeats From Africa.

The event will take place on February 9, 2019, is a celebration of the efforts of the team, the collaborators and most importantly, the 50 women writers and poets who have added their footprint to the published works that Durban can be proud of.

For more information contact Zainab Priya Dala on, Ms Kripa Devar on or Ms Sylvia Garib on