SOUTH AFRICAN INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL TO INCLUDE JAMAICAN POET AND NOVELIST


SOUTH AFRICAN INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL TO INCLUDE JAMAICAN POET AND NOVELIST AND FOUNDERS OF THE CALABASH FESTIVAL

The Founders of Jamaica’s Calabash Literary Festival, now in its eleventh year, poet Kwame Dawes, and novelist, Colin Channer, will be visiting South Africa as part of the Writers Festival being held at the University of KwaZulu-Natal from 19th March.

The Writers Festival is partly funded by the Lotto and is being attended by nineteen writers mainly from Africa. The writers will visit schools giving talks and will participate in workshops as public Lectures at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre.

Jamaica’s Calabash Festival, with its program of workshops and seminars, has created a context for emerging voices. Its founders and directors, poet Kwame Dawes and novelist Colin Channer were both raised in Jamaica and are now professors of creative writing at USC and Wellesley College, respectively.
The 15th Time of the Writer International Writers Festival (19 – 24 March), which is hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal), with principal support by National Lottery Distribution Fund, will feature a diverse gathering of leading novelists, short story writers, poets and crime writers.

Following the opening night where all participating writers make brief presentations at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, pairings of writers will engage each evening, Tuesday to Saturday, in readings and discussions that provide insight into their opinions, experiences and the creative processes that inform their work.

Bookended by a powerful Arab-African and Caribbean presence the essential thread running through the festival is prominently African.

With Jamaican writers, Kwame Dawes and Colin Channer, egged on by Chris Abani, in the final session Roots, Reggae and Writing, audiences can expect a rousing closing of the festival. A critically-acclaimed novelist, poet and playwright, Ghanian / Jamaican Dawes is the author of over thirty books, and widely recognized as one of the leading writers to have emerged out of the Caribbean. Channer is head honcho of the legendary Calabash International Literary Festival, co-founded alongside Dawes. Channer’s 1998 Waiting in Vain was described by the Washington Post as “a clear redefinition of the Carribean novel”.

For further information view website at http://www.cca.ukzn.ac.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=639%3A15th-time-of-the-writer-press-release&catid=30%3Anews-articles&Itemid=2

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