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TIME OF THE WRITER 2000 (article first published : 2000-02-5)

The third international writers' festival, Time of the Writer, organised by the University of Natal's Centre for Creative Arts, in association with the French Institute of South Africa will take place at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from March 6 to 11.

Two South Africans, Ivan Vladislavic and Dr. Gomolemo Mokae, are among the 16 writers taking part. The British Council has sponsored the attendance of two widely-read British writers, Margaret Drabble and Joanna Trollope, who are likely to be popular draw-cards.

Other writers participating are Adriaan van Dis from Holland (sponsored by Royal Netherlands Embassy), who has travelled extensively in South Africa and written a book about his experiences in Het Beloofde Land (The Promised Land), which became a best-seller in Holland and Lieve Joris from Belgium, who has written about her adventures in the Congo, the Middle East, Mali and Syria. It is hoped that she will write about her South African travels.

Participating courtesy of Pro Helvetiaare Ruth Schwiekert and Adolf Muschg from Switzerland. Also attending will be Goretti Kyomuhendo from Uganda (co-ordinator of FEMRITE, the Uganda Women Writers' Association), from Zambia there is Lazarus Miti, Professor and head of the linguistics department of the University of Venda, and Einar Már Gudmundsson will travel from remote Iceland.

From France comes Canadian writer Nancy Huston who lives in Paris and writes in French and English as well as popular author Sylvie Germain. Making up the complement are Maryse Condé (Guadeloupe); Ahmadou Kourouma (Ivory Coast) and Emmanuel Dongala (Congo).

The festival takes the form of readings and discussions each evening from 19h00 from March 6 to 11 at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre. Tickets at R15 booked through Computicket or available at the theatre from 18h00 on the day. During the festival writers will be available to visit schools in and around Durban to read and discuss their work and to further promote the culture of reading and writing. A short story competition for high school pupils has also been organised.

More details from Clare Hull on (031) 260-2506 or Magdeline Nahara on (031) 260-3118.




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