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14th Time of the Writer - International Writers Festival 14-19 March 2011

The Time of the Writer international writers festival brings together writers from around the world in a week-long programme of stimulating literary events in Durban during March. Evening theatre readings, presentations and discussions are complemented by daily activities at various tertiary institutions, community centres, schools and other venues.


14h10 - 15h40 Writers Speak: Lauren Beukes , Njabulo Ndebele - English Studies Department, MTB 1st floor, Room E138, Howard College, University of KwaZulu-Natal. Tel: 031 260 2410

Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre: Evening Programme (OPENING NIGHT)

Musical Welcome: Ningizimu Steel & Marimba Band

Festival Introduction: Peter Rorvik, Centre for Creative Arts

Keynote Address: Justice Albie Sachs on FREE SPIRIT AND RAVAGED SOULS - Tension at the heart of freedom of expression

Introduction of Festival Participants:

Ellen Banda-Aaku (Zambia), Biyi Bandele (Nigeria), Lauren Beukes(South Africa), Marie Darrieussecq (France), Boubacar Boris Diop (Senegal), Azad Essa (South Africa), Petina Gappah (Zimbabwe),Aziz Hassim (South Africa), Achille Mbembe (Cameroon), Sahar El Mougy (Egypt), Sifiso Mzobe (South Africa), Njabulo Ndebele (South Africa), Sarah Nuttall (South Africa), Ondjaki(Angola), Raj Patel (United Kingdom), Caryl Phillips(St.Kitts / United Kingdom), Torsten Schulz(Germany), Diale Tlholwe (South Africa), Etienne van Heerden (South Africa), Chris van Wyk (South Africa)


Writers visit schools
10h00 - 11h30 Writers Talk Writing: Achille Mbembe, Marie Darrieussecq , Torsten Schulz- ICESA Communications Campus, 35 Field Street. Tel: 031 307 7071/307 4008
11h15 - 13h00 Writers in Media: Sahar El Mougy, Sarah Nuttall, Etienne van Heerden, Azad Essa – Department of Journalism, Chandelier Hall, Durban University of Technology,Smith Street. Tel: 031 203 6614
15h00 - 16h30 Forum for Educators: The Teaching of Literature in the Classroom:Njabulo Ndebele, Etienne van Heerden, Chris van Wyk - Chatsworth Education Centre, 219 Florence Nightingale Drive, Westcliffe, Chatsworth – Tel: 031 401 9266


Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre: Evening Programme

Book Launch What's So Funny? Under the skin of South African Cartooning, Andy Mason, Double Storey Books Wellington Tavern Deck

Book Launch - Just for Kicks! Andy Mason and John Curtis, Jacana Media - Wellington Tavern Deck


Music by Matshitshi Ngema

Life in the Inner-city
- Lauren Beukes (South Africa)
- Aziz Hassim (South Africa)
- Facilitator: Achille Mbembe


Ugly, Beautiful, Stuffed & Starved 
- Sarah Nuttall (South Africa)
- Raj Patel (United Kingdom)
- Facilitator: Richard Pithouse

AM Writers visit schools
09h45 - 11h45 Writers Speak Out: Sahar El Mougy, Raj Patel, Achille Mbembe in discussion. Centre for African Literature Studies (CALS) Milner Road, old gatehouse behind RMS. Tel: 033 260 6142
10h00 - 12h00 Writers visit Albert Luthuli Museum: Njabulo Ndebele, Ellen Banda-Aaku , Biyi Bandele - Luthuli Museum, 3233 Nokukhanya Luthuli Street, Groutville. Tel: 032 559 6822
10h30 - 12h00 Writers Speak: Sifiso Mzobe, Chris van Wyk - English Studies Department, MTB 1st floor, Room E138, Howard Collage, University of KwaZulu-Natal. Tel: 031 260 2410
12h20 - 14h00 Cannibal Ogres, Mock Europeans, Faux Tintins and the Hovering Showerhead: Issues of Race and Representation in South African Cartooning. Andy Mason, Centre for Communication, Media and Society (CCMS), Shepstone 2, Howard Collage, University of KwaZulu-Natal. Tel: 031 260 2505
14H30 - 16h00

Communicating Contemporary Cultures: Mzansi and Zim in the Spotlight. Lauren Beukes , Petina Gappah , Sarah Nuttall – Ike's Books & Collectables, 48a Florida Road. Tel: 031 303 9214


Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre: Evening Programme

Book Launch – Contemporary Social Issues in Africa, Simon Mapadimeng, Africa Institute of South Africa – Wellington Tavern Deck


Music by Sithembiso Ntuli & Bheki Khalala

Continental Expressions: Giving voice to cultures in Africa
- Ellen Banda-Aaku (Zambia)
- Petina Gappah (Zimbabwe)
- Facilitator: Sarah Nuttall


A Promise Delivered or a Nation Betrayed: Literature as a Country's Conscience
- Achille Mbembe (Cameroon)
- Njabulo Ndebele (South Africa)
- Facilitator: Karabo Kgoleng

AM Writers visit schools
10h00 - 11h00 Writers and Teachers: Petina Gappah - School of Language, Literacies, Media and Drama Education - Main Lecture Building, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Edgewood Campus, Tel: 031 260 3613
11h00 - 13h30 Community Writing Forum: Boubacar Boris Diop , Aziz Hassim – Nelson Mandela Youth Centre, RK Khan Circle, Chatsworth. Tel: 083 981 3506
(09h00 - 14h15) Publishing Forum Centre for Creative Arts, Howard College, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Mazisi Kunene Avenue, Glenwood. Tel: 031 260 2506
09h00 Young Blood! Where to now? First time author Sifiso Mzobe on publishing and distribution. Selling where it counts! QAPS Mngadi talks about entrepreneurial retail outside the malls.
09h30 BREAK
10h00 Romancing the Streets! The NollyBooks revolution. Moky Makura talks about this publishing phenomenom.
10h15 African children and the fun of reading. NuTrend talk about children's publishing in indigenous languages.
11h15 BREAK
12h00 What will it mean to be a bookseller in 10 years time? A Conversation with Peter Adams and Cedric Sissing.
12h30 Is the book as we know it dead? Exploring the digital future. Wesley Thompson (Pan McMillan South Africa) offers an outlook for the future publishing landscape.
13h00 BREAK
13h15 What does it take to create successful online journals and communities? Etienne van Heerden (Lit Net) talks about these issues.
13h45 Write what you like, but write it well. Amanda Patterson discusses the importance of learning to write properly in creative writing; Anton Behr shares skills on how to be an effective business writer.
16h30 - 18h30 Boxhanger Platz: Film screening with writer Torsten Schulz - German Studies Programme, Room F251, MTB West Wing, Howard College Campus, Universtity of KwaZulu-Natal. Tel: 031 260 1086

Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre: Evening Programme

Book Launch – Bless Me Father, Gerry Murphy, Pegasus Publishers - Wellington Tavern Deck


Music by Chiz Boyz

Painting the Psyche
- Marie Darrieussecq (France)
- Ondjaki (Angola)
- Facilitator: Amanda Patterson


Writing Revolution
- Azad Essa (South Africa) 
- Sahar El Mougy (Egypt) 
- Facilitator: Chris van Wyk


Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre: Evening Programme

Book Launch – Impilo eMzansi: Life in South Africa, Qaps Mngadi,Artmate – Wellington Tavern Deck


Presentation of Time of the Writer Schools Short Story Award – Noxolo Malimba

Muti Noir
- Sifiso Mzobe (South Africa)
- Diale Tlholwe (South Africa)
- Facilitator: Karabo Kgoleng


Roots and Routes 
- Biyi Bandele (Nigeria)
- Caryl Phillips (St Kitts/United Kingdom)
- Facilitator: Michael Chapman

10h30 - 12h00 Coffee with Writers at Alliance Francais: Marie Darrieussecq , Boubacar Boris Diop – 22 Sutton Crescent, Morningside. Tel: 031 312 9582
10h45 - 12h15 Writing in our Tongues: Sifiso Mzobe, Diale Tlholwe, Etienne van Heerden. Facilitator: Nakanjani Sibiya - Mission Control, BAT Centre. Tel: 031 332 0451
12h30 - 14h30 Creative Writing Workshop: Ellen Banda-Aaku , Ondjaki, Caryl Phillips - Mission Control, BAT Centre. Tel: 031 332 0451

Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre: Evening Programme

Music by Nkashnkash Ngcobo

The Pen as a Weapon Against War
- Torsten Schulz (Germany)
- Boubacar Boris Diop (Senegal)
- Facilitator: Lindy Stiebel


Re-inventing Memory Through Literature
- Etienne van Heerden (South Africa)
- Chris van Wyk (South Africa)
- Facilitator: Njabulo Ndebele