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Time of the Writer: Egypt’s Bahaa Taher Reflects on His Exile Under Anwar Sadat

Bahaa Taher

Sunset OasisEgypt’s Bahaa Taher is just one of the award-winning writers appearing at this year’s Time of the Writer Festival, which kicked off in Durban on Monday, and continues until 24 March. Tonight‘s Latoya Newman spoke to Taher about his life in exile and how winning Egypt’s prestigious State Award of Merit in Literature was “compensation” for his suffering:

It’s that time of the year when Durban has the honour of hosting some of the most acclaimed writers in South Africa, Africa and the world as the 15th Time of the Writer International Writers Festival kicks off on Monday.

Eighteen writers will gather for a week of literary dialogue, exchange of ideas and discussions at the festival, which is hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal).

The organisers said in a statement that the thread running through the festival was predominantly African this year, with a powerful Arab-African and Caribbean presence.

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