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Monday, March 14, 2022


It’s countdown to Time of the Writer virtual festival ...

Did you know that Chief Albert Luthuli, the first African to win the Nobel Prize for Peace was appointed to be the Rector of the University of Glasgow? The apartheid government denied him a passport to travel to the UK. When US Senator Kennedy visited South Africa, he defied the apartheid government and visited Chief Luthuli at his home in Groutville, KZN.

Find out this and more about Chief Albert Luthuli when the Time of the Writer presented by the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal opens this afternoon at 15H00. The one-hour official opening which honours Chief Albert Luthuli’s legacy will be live-streamed on the Time of the Writer Facebook page. The programme will also include a brief insert on the festival’s 2020 Featured Author, Mandla Langa and a keynote address by Nokuthula Mazibuko Msimang.

Then, at 19h00, find out why Pravin Gordhan is both loved and hated in South Africa. His commitment to clean governance and anti-corruption has won him the hearts of millions of admirers. He has also been at the dark end of character assassination by the corrupt persons and institutions whose selfish pursuits he has disrupted.

At 19h00 at the Time of the Writer festival presented by the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, catch Jonathan Ancer and Chris Whitfield in discussion with SA Fm journalist Michelle Constant about their book, Pravin Gordhan: An unauthorised biography.

At 15h00 you can catch a vibrant discussion moderated by Tracey Saunders  in which she engages authors Buki Papilion, Uvile Ximba and theatre-makers Sara Matchett  and Alex Halligey about re-aligning the relationship between literature and gender, sexual and identity politics.

If you have access to data, catch all three events today for free on the Time of the Writer festival Facebook page or the Centre for Creative Arts YouTube channel.

Alternately, find a WiFi spot and log in!

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