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WOMEN IN WRITING (article first published : 2005-04-4)

The 8th Time of the Writer International Festival of Writers will take place from April 4 to 9 2005, bringing together an impressive array of writers from Africa and around the world.

One of the events on the festival calendar is the Women in Writing Workshop which takes place on April 5 from 14h00 to 15h30 in the Philip Russell Room at Diakonia Centre in St Andrews Street in Durban.

The subject of women’s writing evokes some of the most vigorous and intense discussion at the Time of the Writer Festival. Drawing on the skills and experience of women writers at the festival, the workshop attracts a vociferous audience who engage in issues around the specific challenges that women face as writers, and the way in which publishers view women’s writing and the reading market.

A large number of women writers do not want to be labelled or categorised but general perceptions about women’s writing persist. The women’s voice and the positioning of the woman writer in predominantly patriarchal societies are subjects that continue to engender debate.

Writers of the calibre of Nawal El Saadawi will add a special dimension to the women’s workshop this year and a writer such as Siba Shakib, who has done groundbreaking work on the plight of women in Afghanistan will raise immense interest. Outspoken writers, Bessora and Tanella Boni bring an interesting and unconventional dimension to women’s literature in Africa. The acclaimed South African writer, Rayda Jacobs and exciting newcomer Henrietta Rose-Innes add to the impressive line-up. Writers will engage audiences on issues pertaining to women and writing in an African context.

Further information from the Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu Natal on 031 260 2506 or e-mail cca@ukzn.ac.za

Participant biographies and the full programme of festival events can be viewed on www.cca.ukzn.ac.za




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