The written word envelops Durban as writers from South Africa, Africa and abroad, gather for a thought-provoking week of literary dialogue, exchange of ideas and stimulating discussions at the annual Time of the Writer International Writers Festival. The festival features a diverse gathering of leading novelists, social commentators, activities, playwrights and short story writers. The festival actively partners with City’s Libraries department to deliver a community engagement programme that actively promotes reading and writing across the 92 libraries of the City. This programme involves learners, library users, librarians and community members across the communities of Durban.


Time of The Writer also promotes South African and African writers in a current cultural climate that sees literature and the arts as part of a bigger social process around national building and social cohesion within KZN, South Africa and towards our continent. This festival has – and continues – to open up debates and dialogue around all forms of the spoken and written word as part of the CCA’s agenda to celebrate cultural and contemporary histories of both the local and the global.


Apart from key spaces for Time of the Writer events like the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, the festival has extended its reach to the following communities; Inanda, KwaMashu, Umlazi, Chatsworth, Austerville, Clermont, Hammersdale, Tongaat, Westville and Chesterville.

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