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PERSPECTIVE ON PUBLISHING (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 and features an impressive array of writers from Africa and around the world.

The festivalís Publishing Forum has become an established feature of the Time of the Writer Festival. Drawing an enthusiastic audience of eager writers, the forum brings together a range of individuals who are at the forefront of publishing in South Africa.

Publishing continues to evoke hotly contended discussion over a number of issues. The publishing forum this year highlights the strongly debated issue of publishing in indigenous African languages in South Africa. A panel of nine writers writing in IsiZulu, Isixhosa, SiSwati, Tshivenda, Sesotho and Shona address this topic from their point of view. The publishing forum will also feature a display of a range of African language books and publications.

A number of speakers presenting different perspectives appear on the programme, offering audiences a varied and in-depth understanding of the challenges and opportunities in publishing. An important component of the forum is a workshop entitled Preparing your Manuscript for Publishing. Facilitated by Maggie Davey of Jacana Press, the workshop provides invaluable information for aspirant writers who need guidance as to what publishers look for in a manuscript.

Of added interest is the address by Karachi-based publisher Ajmal Kamal, who will speak on publishing issues in Pakistan under the title A View from Abroad.

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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