Marita-vd-Vyver-South-AfricaMarita van der Vyver was born in Cape Town and holds a masters degree in journalism from the University of Stellenbosch. She published three novels for adolescents before her first adult novel,Griet skryf ‘n sprokie, became a best-seller, winning the M-Net, Eugène Marais and ATKV Prizes in 1992. Since then she has been a full-time writer of fiction for readers of all ages, producing nine novels, a collection of humorous essays, a collection of short stories, two picture books for young children and numerous stories included in anthologies.

 

In 1997 she won a bursary for international study from the SA Foundation for Creative Arts and was invited to take part in the renowned writers' program of the University of Iowa in the USA. Marita van der Vyver has also been the recipient of the SA Academy for Science and Art's Tienie Holloway Medal for outstanding children's fiction for Olinosters op die Dak, Die Ongelooflike Avonture van Hanna Hoekom was chosen by IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) as an Afrikaans Honour Book, and won her the Sanlam Prize for Youth Fiction.

 

van der Vyver has participated in literary conferences, writers' tours and book festivals in the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and South Africa. All her adult novels are translated from the original Afrikaans into English, Dutch and German, whileGriet skryf 'n sprokie has been translated into a dozen languages including Chinese and Icelandic. She lives in a small village in the south of France with her French husband and four children.

 

Bibliography

Van jou Jas, Tafelberg, 1982

Tien vir 'n vriend, Tafelberg, 1987

Eenkantkind, Tafelberg, 1991

Griet skryf 'n sprokie, Tafelberg, 1992 (Entertaining Angels, Penguin, 1994)

Dinge van 'n kind, Tafelberg, 1994 (Childish Things, Penguin, 1996)

Olinosters op die dak (Rhinocephants on the Roof), Human & Rousseau, 1997

Wegkomkans, Tafelberg, 1999 (Breathing Space, Penguin, 2000)

Griet kom weer, Tafelberg, 2001 (Travelling Light, Penguin, 2005)

Die ongelooflike avonture van Hanna Hoekom,Tafelberg, 2002 Vergenoeg, Tafelberg, 2003

Die hart van ons huis, Tafelberg, 2004 Bestemmings (Short Circuits), Tafelberg, 2005

Mia se ma (Mia's Mom), Human & Rousseau, 2005