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A select group of writers from South Africa and Africa will gather together for a week of thought provoking literary dialogue and exchange of ideas at the 19th Time of the Writer Festival.

Audiences can expect an activity rich week, with an opportunity to hear the ideas and delve into the minds of multiple award-winning writers, from a wide variety of political and social backgrounds, working across various genres and mediums of literature. The writers will provide audiences with a look into their creative and technical processes and perspectives, which shapes their writing. Evening readings and discussions as well as the free day programme 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. 

Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre

Host: Tiny Mungwe
19h00 Notes On Music: Salim Washington
Festival Opening: Prof. Cheryl Potgieter, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Festival Address: Nathi Mthethwa, Minister of Arts and Culture
City Welcome: Cllr James Nxumalo
Keynote: Thando Mgqolozana
Living Legends Address: Wally Serote & Sindiwe Magona
Presentation of Etisalat Shortlisted Writers: Opeyemi Lawal
Introduction of Festival Participants:
Christa Biyela, Panashe Chigumadzi, Ashwin Desai, Mishka Hoosen, Eusebius McKaiser, Niq Mhlongo, Mandla Ndlovu, Nikhil Singh, Nakhane Touré

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 from one hour before the event. The eThekwini Municipal Libraries along with The Centre for Creative Arts will be on hand at each venue in order 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.

For more details about this years’ Time of the Writer, visit or call (031) 260 2506.

Organised by the Centre for Creative Arts (University KwaZulu-Natal), the 19th Time of the Writer is supported by eThekwini Municipality, the National Department of Arts and Culture Alliance Française de Durban. The Centre for Creative Arts is housed in the College of Humanities at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and is a special project of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Cheryl Potgieter.

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