time-of-the-writerThe Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal in South African yesterday announced the authors who will be doing their thing at the 18th edition of The Time of A Writer set for 16 and 21 March. In a word, the line up can only be described as… awesome. Check out this list;

  • NoViolet Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  • Carol Campbell, South Africa
  • Imraan Coovadia, South Africa
  • ZP Dala, South Africa
  • Ousmane Diarra, Mali
  • Dilman Dila, Uganda
  • Jacob Dlamini, South Africa
  • Ekow Duker, South Africa
  • Craig Higginson, South Africa
  • Mandla Langa, South Africa
  • Thando Mgqolozana, South Africa
  • Kirsten Miller, South Africa
  • M.J Mngadi, South Africa
  • Nthikeng Mohlele, South Africa
  • Given Mukwevho, South Africa
  • Futhi Ntshingila, South Africa
  • Sue Nyathi, Zimbabwe
  • Charlotte Otter, South Africa
  • Margaret Von Klemperer, South Africa
  • Mzilikazi wa Afrika, South Africa

Isn’t that an awesome line up? If you are anywhere near Durban, South Africa then I recommend that you make your way to that part of the continent. 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 festival whose theme is 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. It is made possible by support from the National Department of Arts and Culture, the City of Durban, the French Institute (IFAS) and the Goethe Institute.

If you are in SA, try not to miss it. Seriously.