The Time of the Writer 2018, the 21st iteration of the festival, will be happening in venues in Durban, South from March 11-17, 2018. The organising committee unveiled the program for the festival on March 6, 2018.
The festival program officially kicks off with the opening ceremony at the University of Kwazulu Natal on March 12, 2018. Here the audience will get to meet the writers on the program like Alain Mabanckou, Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀, Lesego Rampolokeng, Refiloe Moahloli, Yewande Omotoso, Mohale Mashigo, Kafula Mwila, Jennipher M Zulu, and Luka Mwango. The event will be hosted by Chipo Zhou with music from Mphendulelwa Mkhize with the festival opening being given by Prof Mutula and the welcome from Durban city coming from Cllr Zandile Gumede.
The events that will happen over the seven days of the festival will be hosted in a variety of venues around Durban like the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre. The events happening at the festival will include;
It’s a book festival so you had better believe that there will be book launches. The first of these will be Hardly Working a travel memoir Zukiswa Wanner which was initially unveiled in Nairobi and then had an appearance in Johannesburg. This event will happen at the University of Kwazulu Natal on Sunday, March 11 at 1pm. On Saturday morning at Ike’s Books we shall see the launches of books by Jennipher Zulu, MK Asante, Refiloe Moahloli, Sizwe Mphofu-Walsh, and Unathi Siasha from 9-11am.
The festival will feature a series of workshops like “Re-inventing a storyteller” by MK Asante, “Women and Literature” conducted by Mohale Mashigo, “Perspectives from hidden voices” by Lesego Ramopolokeng, and the “State of our literature” by Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh.
Writers will get to visit some very cool places in the city of Durban over the period of the festival including places like Kwazulu Society of the Arts, Creative Arts College, Luthuli Museum, and Mangosuthu University of Technology.
The meat and bones of a literary festival are the panels and there promises to be some very cool ones. They include Alain Mabanckou and Themba Qwabe moderated by Adarsh Maharaj where they discuss “Culture Vs Mordernity.”
“Shaping the emerging minds” moderated by Nolulamo Maquthu featuring Lindiwe Mabuza and Refiloe Maohloli. Salim Washington will also be moderating “The World Through Our Lens” and that panel will feature Yewande Omotoso and MK Asante.
Other panels include “Can You Change Traditions” moderated by Sihle Mthembu featuring Jennipher Zulu and Unathi Siasa and another called “The Art of Keeping Secrets” featuring Mohale Mashigo and Ayobami Adebayo moderated by Shubnum Khan.