It’s the Time of the Writer

Calling all bookworms, poetry lovers and fanatics of the written word, Time of the Writer is back.



In the immortal words of Grandmaster Flash: You know what time it is. It’s time for the 21st edition of Time of the Writer, coming at ya from the 12th to the 17th of March at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre. This celebration of literature is a crucial part of Durban’s cultural calendar and its longevity is a testament to its importance. I mean, how often do you get to engage with and rub shoulders with a diverse array of novelists, poets, short story writers, journalists and noteworthy storytellers from across the globe, in Durban of all places?


This year’s theme is “Changing the Narrative” which should lead to some interesting discussions especially since not all of these writers are on the same page. South Africa is well represented with the likes of Mohale Mashingo, Lindiwe Mabuza, Unathi Slasha, Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, Lesego Rampolokeng, Refiloe Moahloli, Patrick Bond and Durban’s own Themba Qwabe. Visiting us from across Africa and the rest of the globe are Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ (Nigeria), Jennipher M. Zulu (Zambia), Kafula Mwila (Zambia), Luka Mwango (Zambia), MK Asante (USA), Yewande Omotoso (born in Barbados, raised in Nigeria and based Cape Town) and Alain Mabanckou (Congo, based in USA). 


The programme has just been released and as always, the event will feature discussions, workshops, live readings and more as well as a short story competition for high school learners. You can take a look below and see what you’re in for. It’s gonna get lit/erate.




For more information, check out the Facebook event here:

And you can buy tickets here:



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