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Time of the Writer (14-19 March 2016) Partnerships

The 19th edition of the Time of the Writer festival is presented by the Centre for Creative Arts (UKZN) in partnership with various organisations this year.

The eThekwini Municipality Libraries department has partnered with the Centre for Creative Arts, in supporting the community engagement programme of the festival in which a series of events entitled Conversations that Matter will take place in public libraries around the City. The City will also be purchasing two copies of each book by each writer featured at the festival which will be distributed to 92 eThekwini Municipal Libraries. The festival together with eThekwini Municipality has organised a park and ride shuttle service to the various venues. The shuttle will pick up passengers from Durban Centrum Park where you will be able to securely park your car, from Tuesday through to Saturday at both 10:00 and 17:30 each day.

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The Festival has also partnered with the Etisalat Prize for Literature, the first ever pan-African prize celebrating first time writers of published fiction books. Etisalat, will bring three shortlisted writers for a reading at the Time of the Festival as well as donation of 1,000 books to one of the City’s local libraries.

Independent news agency The Daily Vox will be live streaming the festival and providing a platform for online engagement from audiences.

Songs and Stories of AfricaThis year’s Festival Book Drive received support from Independent Newspapers and Gcina Mhlophe’s Nozincwadi: Mother of Books Project, which promotes a culture of reading throughout the country. Through this partnership a rural school will be awarded books collected at events hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts.

Time of the Writer has partnered with the KZN Music Imbizo to present Notes on Music. Each evening a different musician will take to the stage before the nightly panel, to perform a new piece of music based on the artist’s interpretation of the festival participants’ written work. There will also be a short discussion facilitated by Salim Washington (UKZN) and Sphephelo Mbhele (KZN Music Imbizo), with the artist providing some insight into what went into composing that piece of music.

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 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 on 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 the City of Durban, the National Department of Arts and Culture, The Goethe-Institut and 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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Entries Are Open for the 2014 Time of the Writer Schools Short Story Competition

Time of the Writer School Short Story Competition 2014

The 17th Time of the Writer International Writers’ Festival invites high school learners to submit their short stories for the annual Schools Short Story Competition.

The deadline for entries is Thursday, 28 February 2014.

Held in conjunction with the festival, which is hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal Centre for Creative Arts, The Time of the Writer Schools Short Story Competition is open to all high school learners and aims to encourage creative expression in young people.

The competition is the springboard for future storytellers and, with its long-standing commitment towards nurturing a culture of reading and writing among the youth, it has received wide and growing appeal in previous editions of the Time of the Writer Festival.

Competition information

There is no particular topic for the short stories and they can be written in English, isiZulu or Afrikaans. A maximum of five pages (preferably typed) are to be written. Illegible entries will not be considered.

Winners will be awarded cash prizes, book vouchers and complimentary tickets to the festival.

Entries can be submitted via any one of the following methods:

Fax: 031 260 3074
Hand delivery: Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard College Campus, Mazisi Kunene Ave, Durban, 4041, South Africa.

Festival information

The Time of the Writer Festival takes place from 17-22 March 2014. As one of the country’s premier literature festivals, Time of the Writer brings together some of the world’s best authors, publishers, and editors; it also offers a platform to KwaZulu-Natal talent. The festival provides Durban with an educational yet entertaining programme of workshops, reading sessions and panel discussions. This year’s edition of the festival will also include a storytelling focus in partnership with The Gcinamasiko Arts & Heritage Trust.

In addition to the nightly showcases, a broad range of free day activities including seminars and workshops are formulated to promote a culture of reading, writing and creative expression. This includes the educator’s forum with teachers, on the implementation of literature in the classroom, the community writing forum with members of the public interested in literature as well as visits to schools by the festival participants.

For more information on the festival or the competition, please contact the Centre for Creative Arts on 031 260 2506/1816 or email

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Kwesi Becker Stars at the Time of the Writer

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This afternoon’s “Funda – Children’s Literature Special” session at the Time of the Writer saw many different creatives take the stage – where they came under the firm but friendly gaze of one Kwesi Becker, a young person with a charming public presence, who ran the show from start to finish. A new star has been born!

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