Dr Nokuthula Mazibuko Msimang

Dr Nokuthula Mazibuko Msimang is the keynote speaker for the Time of the Writer which runs in Durban, South Africa from March 14-22, 2022. The festival theme is “Beyond Words: Memory, Imagination & Conscience.”

Time of the Writer is a literary festival hosted in Durban, South Africa since 1996.  Organised by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts, it has hosted some of the biggest names in African and world literature.

The twenty fifth edition inspired by Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize winner, Chief Albert Luthuli, has the theme, “Beyond Words: Memory, Imagination & Conscience.” It will honour his legacy and commemorate the 60th anniversary of his autobiography, Let My People Go, which was published in 1962. It will critically reflect and engage with its participants to discuss whether Luthuli’s vision for a better South Africa has been served or been betrayed.

Also revealed were the guests for the year which include keynote speaker writer, academic, producer and broadcaster Dr Nokuthula Mazibuko Msimang and featured author Mandla Langa.

Dr. Nokuthula Mazibuko Msimang is a Writing and Research Artist Fellow at the University of Pretoria’s Future Africa Institute. Over 25 years Mazibuko Msimang has worked as a writer, academic, producer, and broadcaster creating value based content for young and old audiences and readers on multiple platforms. She is part of the Puku Children’s Literature network where she consults on Special Projects. Her academic work also entails supervising Masters students at AFDA – The School for the Creative Economy.

Mazibuko Msimang has published six books for young readers. Her books for young readers celebrate positive cultural and social values; and encourage self-love, confidence, courage and resilience.

“Dr Mazibuko-Msimang’s incredible writing talents in print and for film cover a diverse range of social issues. She is a formidable South African writer and public intellectual to be the worthy choice for delivering the keynote address for the opening of the 25th edition of the Time of the Writer Festival; and to speak to the theme, Beyond Words, Memory, Imagination & Conscience”, said Ismail Mahomed, the Director of the Centre for Creative Arts.

For those who won’t be able to make it to Durban, the festival will be live-streamed and can be viewed on www.facebook.com/timeofthewriter or www.youtube.com/centreforcreativearts.

Update: A previous version of this blog shared the guests of the festival which we got from the official website. Organisers have since explained to us that those on the website are from the 2021 edition and this year’s guests will be shared soon. A correction has been reflecting the information being shared was only on the keynote speaker and the featured author.