A feast of literary offerings from Africa and the rest of the world will be showcased at this year’s 20th Time of the Writer International Festival in Durban from 13 to 18 March.
This year’s Festival themed, The Past Paving the Future, commemorates the centenary of the sinking of the SS Mendi during World War 1 and features the historic launch of the original isiZulu version of the late Professor Mazisi Kunene’s: Emperor Shaka the Great, uNodumehlezi kaMenzi.
Announcing this year’s line-up, the Director of the CCA, Mr David wa Maahlamela, said: ‘The 20th edition’s emphasis is on alumni, writers from KwaZulu-Natal, and more importantly, lesser known national writers who are indisputably deserving. The often overlooked genre of short story writing is central in this year’s Festival, while on the other hand we give special focus to the adaptation of literature into film.’
This year’s line-up includes veterans such as Zakes Mda, a recipient of South Africa’s Order of Ikhamanga, to up-and-coming authors such as Sibongile Fisher who won the 2016 Short Story Day Africa Prize for her gripping tale: A Door Ajar, and Fred Khumalo, Author of: Dancing the Death Drill; Bitches’ Brew and Seven Steps to Heaven.
The CCA together with the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission (KZNFC), will host a panel discussion on the intricacies of the intersection of film and literature, featuring KZNFC’s Chief Operations Officer Jackie Motsepe, and multiple award winning Television Writer, Producer and Director, Busisiwe Ntintili.
Ntintili. is the winner of the Mbokodo Arts Award for Best Film for writing the 2016 box office hit: Happiness is A Four Letter Word.
The panel will be chaired by Anant Singh, a producer of more than 80 films, including: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom; Yesterday; Red Dust; Cry, The Beloved Country; and the historic, Sarafina.
The Festival’s evening programme is at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre on UKZN’s Howard College campus. The daytime programme, in partnership with the eThekwini Municipality Libraries Department, takes place at various locations in Durban.