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Charles Fryer

Biographical info

Charles Arnold Fryer (5 March 1946 – 13 November 2014) was born in Calvinia. He studied at Stellenbosch University and was part of DJ Opperman's Literary Laboratory, and later also became his assistant. He was also a drama student and performed in plays like Macbeth and Yerma. He then taught for a few years at DF Malan High School in Bellville. In 1975 he was appointed book editor at Tafelberg, and with his retirement in 2002 he was Publisher: Literary Fiction at the same publishing house.

Over the years he has collaborated with more than 100 writers, among others Dalene Matthee, Elsa Joubert, TT Cloete, Sheila Cussons, George Weideman, E Kotze and FA Venter.

In 1978 his volume of poetry Rooiwielwa appeared, and more recently he compiled Van spoke gepraat – ghost stories by various known writers.

Did you know?  

  • The house in Calvinia where Charles was born is now known as the Hantamhuis and is a retreat for authors.
  • Charles was the writer and director of Só moes die Liefde ly, a Passion play that was performed several times in the nineties in the Cango Caves near Oudtshoorn.

Author bookshelf

Kinders van Afrika, Tafelberg (2007)


Piet Cillié Medal (1997) – For his creative contribution
CNW Prize for Christian journalism (1999)
Afrikoon award from the ATKV (2008) – For exceptional contribution to Afrikaans

List of titles

1978 Rooiwielwa

1998 Kinders van die aarde
2006 Van spoke gepraat
2007 Kinders van Afrika

Books By This Author