THE 19th edition of the Time of the Writer festival, presented by the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), has partnered with a number of organisations to make this year’s event extra special.
The eThekwini Municipality Libraries department is supporting the community engagement programme of the festival by hosting a series of events, entitled Conversations that Matter, in public libraries around Durban.
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.
Time of the Writer, which runs from March 14 to 19, 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 – Congolese writer Fiston Mwanza Mujila and South Africans Penny Busetto and Rehana Rossouw – for a reading at the Time of the Festival as well as donation of 1000 books to one of the City’s local libraries.
And independent news agency The Daily Vox will be live streaming the festival and providing a platform for online engagement from audiences.
This year’s Festival Book Drive has 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 also 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.
The Centre for Creative Arts has already announced a change in venues and a special programme for the Time of the Writer festival this year, under the theme Decolonising the Book. Instead of the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, evening panel session this year will each take place in a different location across the surrounding areas of Durban, in Clermont, Cato Manor, Umlazi, Inanda and KwaMashu.
A park and ride shuttle service will be available to the various venues being used for this year’s festival. The shuttle will pick up passengers from the Durban Centrum Park where patrons will be able to securely park their cars, from Tuesday through to Saturday at both 10 am and 5.30 pm each day.
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 http://www.cca.ukzn.ac.za or call 031 260 2506. The full programme can be accessed on this link: http://www.cca.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/time-of-the-writer-2016/programme