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THE WRITER AS ACTIVIST (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 writers at this yearís festival is outspoken activist, Nawal El Saadawi, who will address an audience on the University of Natalís Westville Campus on the topic of writing as a means for social transformation. El Saadawi is currently one of the presidential candidates for the forthcoming elections in Egypt.

Facilitated by the Centre for Civil Society at the University the forum provides a platform for those who see writing as a vital tool in the advancement of human rights.

The workshop takes place in the Senate Chamber on April 6 from 12h30 to 13h30.

Further festival 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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