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Award-winning Francophone authors to take part to 2014 Time of the Writer

Writing in Francophone Africa: trends and issues
Wednesday 19 March, Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre

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The 17th edition of Time of The Writer: International Festival of Writers proposes a weeklong showcase set to provoke, inform and inspire interesting debates and panel discussions.


The festival, which brings together some of the world's finest novelist, authors and storytellers to Durban, features participants from India, Kenya, Nigeria, Botswana, Togo, and Guinea takes place from 17-22 March at the UKZN Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre.

Twenty writers will be gathering for a week of literary dialogue, exchange of ideas and stimulating discussion under the theme Freeing Our Imagination in solidarity with Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina's clarion call for Africans to use their creativity to imagine and create a continent free of the existential burdens of colonialism.

Amongst them francophone African authors Sami Tchak (Togo) and Tierno Monénembo (Guinea) will take part in the panel discussions around Writing in Francophone Africa, which form part of a two panel discussions evening on Wednesday 19 March.

The programme kicks off with a panel discussion titled Writing the Policy Debate, featuring South African writers and political analysts Professors Adam Habib and Paulus Zulu.

The second panel discussion of the night, Writing in Francophone Africa: trends and issues, looks at trends in Francophone literature with a discussion with authors Sami Tchak (Togo) and Tierno Monénembo (Guinea).

About the authors

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Togolese writer Sami Tchak won the Grand Prix of Black African Literature for the entire range of his work. He has published Femme infidèle, Lomé (1988), Place des Fêtes (2001), Hermina (2003), La fête des masques (2004), Le paradis des chiots (2006), Filles de Mexico (2008).


Guinean writer Tierno Monénembo lived in exile in Côte d'Ivoire and Senegal before settling in France and Cuba. He has published nine novels and a stage play since 1983. Tierno Monénembo is the winner of France's 2008 prix Renaudot, which is awarded annually to the author of an outstanding original novel. He won the prize for his book, The King of Kahel. His latest novel Le Terroriste Noir (The Black Terrorist) tells of a Guinean soldier enroled in the French army during WWII.

The panel discussion will be facilitated by Bernard DeMeyer of UKZN French department and is presented in partnership with the French Institute of South Africa.

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