The 27th Time of the Writer Festival Showcasing Over 50% Women Authors in Stimulating Line-Up

The 27th Time of the Writer Festival Showcasing Over 50% Women Authors in Stimulating Line-Up
Time of the Writer Festival

Durban, South Africa: This week marks the kick-off of the 27th Time of the Writer festival, hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Taking place from 14 to 21 March, this year’s festival theme, “Reflections, Resonance & Revival,” honours South Africa’s 30th anniversary as a constitutional democracy, spotlighting the critical role of writers and literature in reinforcing the nation’s democratic values and global stature.

In a celebration of female literary prowess, over 50% of the festival’s participants are women writers, amounting to 64 out of 105 talented voices. This significant representation underscores the festival’s continuous commitment to promoting inclusivity, diversity, and gender equality within the literary domain. 

“Featuring over 50% female authors in this year’s festival is not just a statistic; it’s a testament to our commitment to amplifying the diverse voices of women who are shaping the landscape of contemporary literature. Their stories, insights, and perspectives are pivotal in reflecting, resonating, and reviving the rich tapestry of tales that underpin the values of South Africa as a constitutional democracy,” says Ismail Mahomed, Director of the Centre for Creative Arts.

The 27th Time of the Writer festival features Zakes Mda, a monumental figure in the literary world, as its headliner and keynote speaker, together with an impressive line-up of talented authors ready to share their recent works and engage in thought-provoking discussions. Among these are Justice Malala, known for his acute political analyses; Siphiwo Mahala, renowned for his evocative storytelling; and Angela Makholwa, celebrated for her captivating thrillers. The festival welcomes participation from African writers, enriching the event with a continental  perspective. Notable international figures include Margaret Busby from Ghana, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor from Kenya, and Israel Campos from Angola, all converging in Durban to create a truly global literary dialogue.

Angela Makholwa
Angela Makholwa


This year’s edition integrates both physical and virtual platforms, welcoming a live audience at the Alliance Française in Morningside, Durban, while also extending its reach nationally and globally through online access. The programme is rich with book launches, panel discussions, workshops, and readings, designed to stir the imagination and provoke thoughtful dialogue.

“Join us in embracing the power of words and the enduring spirit of storytelling that continues to shape our nation and the world,” says resident curator Tsosheletso Chidi.

 Event Details

27th Time of the Writer Festival

Date: 14th – 21st March

Location: Alliance Française, Morningside, Durban & Online

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