College of Humanities

Academic and Student Join Forces to Publish Literary Guide

Professor Lindy Stiebel of the School of Arts has co-authored a book titled: A Literary Guide to KwaZulu-Natal with her former student and research assistant Mr Niall McNulty.

‘This book marks 15 years of pioneering work by the KZN Literary Tourism project based at UKZN under my leadership,’ Stiebel said.

The book introduces regions and writers through word and image on a literary journey through the province. Authors featured in the book include Alan Paton, Aziz Hassim, Ronnie Govender, Wilbur Smith, Gcina Mhlophe, Lewis Nkosi and Mafika Gwala.

According to Stiebel, literary tourists are interested in the way places have influenced writing and, at the same time, how writing has created places. ‘This is also a way of reflecting upon and understanding historic and contemporary identities in a changing cultural and political South African landscape.’

The aim of the book – intended for a general readership – is to stimulate people’s interest in local writers and encourage them to travel through KwaZulu-Natal wearing their literary spectacles.

The book is on sale at all major book retailers, including UKZN Press.

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