Time of the Writer - Day Programme

Time of the Writer - Day Programme

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 Time of the Writer Festival. Presented by the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal) and made possible by the National Department of Arts and Culture, the City of Durban, the French Institute (IFAS) and the Goethe-Institut, this 18th edition takes place in Durban between 16 and 21 March. The festival features a host of free events as part of the day programme that are spread across Durban and the surrounding areas as part of the festival’s ongoing efforts to promote and creative expression through reading and writing. This includes school visits, a publishing forum and a range of seminars and workshops.

Writers in Media

Hosted by the School of Journalism at the Durban University of Technology, this seminar explores the role played by writers in shaping popular media. To lead discussions will be Mzilikazi wa Afrika, Margaret Von Kempler and Futhi Ntshingila at the Durban University of Technology, City Campus, Room 149, on Tuesday 17 March between 11:00 and 12:30. 

Schools Writing Forum

The Schools Writing Forum connects teachers of literature with festival writers to discuss the teaching of literature in the classroom, and in particular, creative and engaging teaching approaches. This important interface will see writers ZP Dala, Dilman Dila and Charlotte Otter present their views and engage with teachers at the Chatsworth Education Centre, 219 Florence Nightingale Drive, Westcliff, Chatsworth, on Tuesday 17 March between 12:30 and 14:30.

 Writers visit Luthuli Museum

The Luthuli Museum is responsible for managing the safeguarding of Nobel Peace Prize-winner Chief Albert Luthuli’s life, history and philosophy. Festival writers Sue Nyathi and Nthikeng Mohlele will visit this national monument and share their experiences as writers with learners and community members at the Luthuli Museum, 3233 Nokukhanya Luthuli Street, Groutville, on Wednesday 18 March between 10:00 and 12:00.

Writers visit Workers College

The Workers College provides the opportunity for adult learners to engage festival participants Jacob Dlamini and Mzilikazi wa Afrika, who will share their insights and perspectives on the intellectual processes that direct their writing. This invaluable discussion will take place at the Workers College, 127 Magwaza Maphalala Street, on Wednesday 18 March between 12:00 and 13:30.

Coffee Conversations

A discussion with MJ Mngadi and Ousmane Diarra will take place at Alliance Française- 22 Sutton Crescent, Berea Wednesday 18 March between 15:30 and 16:30

 Writers Speak Out

Festival writers will speak out to University students and offer insight into their philosophies, writing processes and literary works. Writers will be visiting the following tertiary institution campuses:

  • English Studies (UKZN Howard College)
  • isiZulu Studies (UKZN Howard College)
  • Mangosuthu University of Technology
  • Gcina Mhlophe Studio (UKZN Edgewood Campus)

Book Day

Time of the Writer will host Time of the Writer “Book Day” at the Open Plan Studio on Saturday 21 March. This day-long event will be featuring a whole range of publishing forums, book launches, a creative writing workshop and a storytelling programme for the young readers, presented by the Gcinamasiko Arts and Heritage Trust.


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Organised by the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal) the 18th Time of the Writer, festival is made possible by support from our funders; the National Department of arts and Culture, eThekwini Municipality's Parks, Recreation and Culture Unit, the Goethe-Institut, the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) and Adams Booksellers as well as support from our partners; Pan Macmillan, Daily News, Computicket and the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre. 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.