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About Antjie – a Brief Introduction to the Curator of the Spier Poetry Festival

Here is a short bio of Antjie Krog, our 2007 curator:

Antjie KrogAntjie Krog is a poet, writer, journalist and Extraordinary Professor at the University of the Western Cape. She has published thirteen volumes of poetry in Afrikaans, two volumes of verse for children, a short novel and two non-fiction books in English: Country of my Skull, on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission and A Change of Tongue, which treats transformation in South Africa after ten years of democracy. Her work has been translated into Dutch, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Serbian and Arabic.

Her awards for poetry include the Eugene Marais prize for the most promising young poet (1973); the Dutch/Flemish Reina Prinsen-Geerligs prize for most promising young poet (1976); the Rapport prize for best literary work (1987); the Hertzog prize for the best poetry volume (1990); the FNB Award for best poetry volume for the year 2000, for Down to my Last Skin; and the 2000 RAU “best book of the year” prize for another collection, Kleur kom nooit alleen nie.

Country of my Skull received the Sunday Times Alan Paton award for best non-fiction, the Olive Schreiner award for prose, the Nielsen Book Data/South African Booksellersa�� Association award, and was named one of the top 100 books written by Africans in the 20th Century. Both Country of my Skull and A Change of Tongue have been named as two of the top ten South African books published between 1994 and 2004. Krog has also been awarded the Hiroshima Prize for Peace and Culture, as well as the Award for an Open Society by the University of Budapest.


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