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George Weideman

Biographical info

George Henry Weideman was born in Cradock on 2 July 1947. He matriculated at Namakwaland High School in Springbok. In 1967 he completed a BA Degree and in 1968 a Higher Teaching Diploma, both at the University of Pretoria. He then went on to complete his BA Honors Degree at UNISA and his Doctorate at Rhodes University.

George started out as a teacher, and later became a lecturer at the Paarl and Windhoek Teaching Colleges. Then, until his retirement, he was a lecturer at the Peninsula Technicon in Parow.

George Weideman was a poet, novelist, children’s author, playwright, food expert and short story writer.

His first volume of poetry, Hondegaloppie, was published in 1966 when he was a second year university student, whilst his first collection of short stories, Tuin van klip en vuur, was published in 1983. His first novel, Die onderskepper, was awarded the WA Hofmeyr Prize in 1998. He was awarded both the ATKV Prose Prize and the M-Net Prize for his novel Draaijakkals in 2000. George Weideman died of cancer on 28 August 2008.

Did you know? 

· The subtitle of Draaijakkals is: oftewel die ongelooflike eerste jeug van Nicolaas Alettus Lazarus – stofpoepertjie, tusseninner en aartskalant van die Onderveld.
· In 1999 he wrote a murder mystery about rugby titled Gaping vir ’n moordenaar under the alias S.E. Lessing.


Author bookshelf

Die geel komplot, Tafelberg (2003)
Dana se jaar duisend, Tafelberg (1998)
Los my uit, paloekas!, Tafelberg (1997)

Awards

Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature – silver (1992) – Los my uit, paloekas!
Scheepers Prize for Youth Literature (1995) – Die optog van die aftjoppers
Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature (1994) – Die optog van die aftjoppers
WA Hofmeyr Prize (1998) – Die onderskepper
Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature (goud) – Dana se jaar duisend
ATKV Prose Prize (2000) – Draaijakkals
M-Net Prize (2000) – Draaijakkals
Sanlam Prize for Afrikaans Theatre (2005) – My plaas se naam is Vergenoeg
Akker Award for his contribution to the Afrikaans poetry (2006)
ATKV Afrikoon Award (2007) – For his contribution to Afrikaans and South Africa

List of titles

Poetry
1966 Hondegaloppie, Voortrekkerpers
1969 As die son kliplangs spring, Voortrekkerpers
1970 Klein manifes van ’n reisiger, Tafelberg
1977 Hoera hoera die ysman 1970-1976, Perskor
1997 ’n Staning onder sterre, Tafelberg
1998 Pella lê ’n kruistog vêr: ’n keuse uit sy poësie 1966-1987, Tafelberg
2006 Verskombuis: ’n kookboek met gedigte, Protea Boekhuis

Prose
1983 Tuin van klip en vuur, Tafelberg
1994 Die donker melk van daeraad: oustories en nuwe stories, Tafelberg
1997 Die onderskepper, of, Die dorp wat op ’n posseël pas, Queillerie
1999 Draaijakkals, Tafelberg
2007 Newelig, Litera Publikasies
2007 Bloujare se stories, Lapa

Youth novels
1992 Los my uit paloekas!, Tafelberg
1994 Die optog van die aftjoppers, Tafelberg
1998 Dana se jaar duisend, Tafelberg

Children’s books
1998 Ben, Babi en die geel helipkoter, Kagiso
1998 Rykdom uit rommel, Kagiso
2003 Die geel komplot, Tafelberg
2004 Koeries se rivier, Kagiso

Play
2005 My plaas se naam is Vergenoeg, Praag

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