Wednesday, 21 March 2012
OUT OF AFRICA: Colin Channer and Kwame Dawes take part in writer’s fest
Kwame Dawes and Colin Channer recently made rousing presentations during a session dubbed “Roots, Reggae and Writing” at the 15th Time of the Writer International Writers Festival (March 19 to 24) in Durban, South Africa. The event hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal) – with principal support by National Lottery Distribution Fund – this year features a “diverse gathering of leading novelists, short story writers, poets and crime writers.”
Per BooksLive, on Monday’s opening night Channer (presently a professor of Creative Writing at Wellesley College) performed a poem in Jamaican patois which dealt with the experience of being in South Africa. Channer’s poem was translated for the audience by Dawes (now teaches at University of South Carolina), who concluded that South Africa represents “everything about struggle and identity”.
The Writers' Festival is being attended by some 20 writers, mainly from Africa. During the festival, which ends on Saturday, the writers are scheduled to visit schools giving talks and will also participate in workshops and public lectures at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre.