Prof Antjie Krog

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Biography

Prof Antjie Krog is a poet, writer, journalist and Extraordinary Professor at the University of the Western Cape. She published twelve volumes of poetry in Afrikaans, two volumes in English, and three non-fiction books: Country of my Skull (1998), on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission; A Change of Tongue (2004) about the transformation in South Africa after ten years and Begging to be Black (2009) about learning to live within a black majority. Krog has also co-authored an academic book There was this Goat (2009) with two colleagues Prof Kopano Ratele and Nosisi Mpolweni, investigating the Truth Commission testimony of Mrs Notrose Nobomvu Konile. Her work has been translated into English, Dutch, Italian, French, Spanish, Swedish, Serbian and Arabic. ‘Country of my Skull’ and ‘A Change of Tongue’ have been nominated by South African librarians (LIASA) as two of the ten most important books written in ten years of democracy. She was also asked to translate the autobiography of Nelson Mandela, ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ into Afrikaans.

Krog had been awarded most of the prestigious awards for non-fiction, translation and poetry available in Afrikaans and English, as well as the Stockholm Award from the Hiroshima Foundation for Peace and Culture for the year 2000, as well as the Open Society Prize from the Central European University (previous winners were Jürgen Habermas and Vaclav Havel).

Prizes, Awards and honorary doctorates

  • Eugene Marais prize for the most promising young writer (1973)
  • Dutch/Flemish prize Reina Prinsen-Geerligs prize for most promising young writer (1976)
  • Rapport prize for best literary work in a particular year (1987)
  • Hertzog prize for the best poetry volume over three years(1990)
  • Pringle Award for excellence in journalism for reporting on the Truth Commission (1996)
  • Foreign Correspondent award for outstanding journalism (1996)
  • Allan Paton award for best South African non-fiction work for Country of my Skull (1999)
  • BookData/South African Booksellers’ Book of the Year Prize for Country of my Skull (1999)
  • Honourable Mention in the Noma Awards for Publishing in Africa for Country of my Skull (1999)
  • Award from the Hiroshima Foundation for Peace and Culture for the year           2000
  • Olive Schreiner 2000 award for prose for Country of my Skull
  • FNB Award for best poetry volume for the year 2000 for Down to my Last Skin
  • RAU prize for best book in the year 2000 for Kleur kom nooit alleen nie
  • Country of my Skull was named as one of the top 100 books written by Africans in the twentieth century
  • South African Translators Award for Best Translation in the poetry category for translation of poetry from the indigenous South African languages: Met woorde soos met Kerse
  • South African Translator’s Award for best translation overall for Met Woorde soos met Kerse
  • Country of my Skull (no.1)  and A Change of Tongue (no. 10) have been nominated as one of the top ten books of the ten years of South African democracy by South Africans libraries (LIASA)
  • Kanna Award at the Klein Karoo Kunstefees 2004 for Innovative Thinking
  • Nielsen Book Data Booksellers’ Award of the Year for A Change of Tongue (2004)
  • Open Society Prize (2006) from the Central European University (previous winners were Jürgen Habermas and Vaclav Havel)
  • Protea Prize for best volume of poetry in Afrikaans for 2006 (Verweerskrif)
  • Research fellowship at Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin 2007/2008
  • Longlisted for the Allan Paton Prize with both There was this Goat and Begging to be Black in 2010.
  • Shortlisted for the Allan Paton Prize for Begging to be Black in 2010.
  • Honorary Doctorate from the Tavistock Clinic of the University of East London UK
  • Honorary Doctorate from the University of Stellenbosch
  • Honorary Doctorate from the University of the Orange Freestate
  • Honorary Doctorate from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

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