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ISBN: 978-1-920222-34-5 

Trim size: 230 x 150mm

Binding: paperback

Page count: 180 pages   

Cost: R275.00

Genre: Memoir



Poet, painter and film-maker, Barry Feinberg, won acclaim for his work abroad, which helped to galvanize international opposition to the apartheid government. He was one of the founding members of Mayibuye, an extremely successful ANC music and poetry performance ensemble. He also headed up the information division of the International Defence and Aid Fund (IDAF), which, under his leadership, became an invaluable resource for the liberation movement.

Time to Tell is a highly readable – often dramatically revealing – memoir of Feinberg’s 45 years of activism travel, relationships and creative expression. While the twin narratives of personal and political context are equally absorbing on their own, it is the relationship between the two, and the story of this relationship’s expression through Feinberg’s pen, brush and lens, that provide a unique and compelling perspective on those most significant and volatile decades in South Africa’s history.

Foreword by Pallo Jordan.


Barry Feinberg

Barry Feinberg was educated at Benoni High School, the Johannesburg School of Art (Fine Arts Diploma & National Teacher’s Certificate) and the Slade Art School, University of London (Post-Graduate Diploma in Fine Art).

He has worked as a freelance artist and designer; an art and English teacher in London schools and colleges; assistant editor at George Rainbird Publishers; researcher and writer for Bertrand Russell and the Bertrand Russell Estate; a designer at the IDAF in London; Director of Research, Information & Publications at the IDAF in London; managing director of Kliptown Books, Ltd.; managing director, IDAF Publications, Ltd.; Director of Publications and Audio Visual Productions & Resources at the International Defence & Aid Fund for Southern Africa in London; co-editor of Mayibuye Books, University of the Western Cape; Coordinator of Publications and Productions, Mayibuye Centre, and director of the Mayibuye Centre.

Feinberg has had his paintings exhibited at the Johannesburg Art Gallery, the Lidchi Art Gallery (Jhb) and the New End Gallery, Rotunda Gallery and Erica Bourne Gallery in London.

His poetry has been widely anthologised and translated.

He has produced and directed 14 documentary films and videos – winning 10 international awards for those and either produced or co-produced six musical and theatrical productions.

Feinberg’s honours include: judge at the United Nations International Poster Competition, the Hague; jury member at the International Anti-Racist Film Festival, Amiens; and member of the Post Office Philatelic Consultative Committee in Pretoria.