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Corlia Fourie
Biographical info

Cornelia (Corlia) Hilda Fourie was born on 11 December 1944 in Kuils River. She matriculated at the Hendrik Verwoerd High School in Pretoria and in 1965 she obtained a BA degree at Stellenbosch University. She then worked as journalist at Die Burger and Sarie, and later also as freelance journalist at Beeld and Huisgenoot. She initially became known in the 1980s as playwright and author of children's books, and later also as short story writer and novelist. Die meisie wat soos ’n bottervoël sing is one of her children's books that received the MER Prize and the Tienie Holloway Medal. In 1992 she received the ATKV Prize for popular prose for her short story collection Liefde en geweld. In 1994 Die wit vlinder was one of three South African books that received honorary mention for the Noma Prize for books from Africa.

Did you know?  

  • Her father was the Hertzog Prize winner Mikro (CH Kühn), who was the creator of well-known characters in Afrikaans literature like Matewis and Meraai and the author of more than 100 books.
  • In 2006 Moeders en dogters was chosen as the flagship production for the Suidooster Festival – 21 years after it first appeared.
  • The prize-winning Die meisie wat soos ’n bottervoël sing was set to music by the composer Peter Klatzow and the work was performed with an orchestra and narrator as Tintinyane in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
  • Her children's books Die meisie wat soos ’n bottervoël sing (1991), Ganekwane en die groen draak (1993) and Die deurmekaardier (1994) were runners-up for the ATKV Children's Book award.
  • In 1988 Corlia was honoured, along with Philip de Vos and Maretha Maartens, by the International Youth Library in Munich by having their books chosen for an international display and recommended for translation. Die volstruisie wat graag wou vlieg was one of 400 new books from 44 countries that was included in the International Youth Library's influential White Ravens Selection.

Author bookshelf

Ware liefde: bekende Suid-Afrikaanse paartjies, Human & Rousseau (2008)


Amstel Merit Prize (1995) – Moeders en dogters
MER Prize (1991) – Die meisie wat soos ’n bottervoël sing
Tienie Holloway Medal (1991) – Die meisie wat soos ’n bottervoël sing
AKTV Prize for good popular prose (1992) – Liefde en geweld
Alba Bouwer Prize for children’s literature (1995) – Die wit vlinder and Die towersak
MER Prize (1995) – Die towersak

List of titles

1985 Moeders en dogters
1985 Leuens
1986 En die son skyn in Suid-Afrika

Children’s books
1981 Slepie, die dapper sleepbootjie
1982 Marianne en die leeu in die pophuis
1986 Die volstruisie wat graag wou vlieg
1990 Die meisie wat soos ’n bottervoël sing
1991 Jakkalsstreke: Afrikastories wat draaie gooi
1992 Ganekwane en die groen draak en ander nuwe Afrika-sprokies
1993 Die wit vlinder
1993 Die deurmekaardier
1994 Die towersak en ander stories
1996 Hoekom-stories
1997 Nolito en die wonderwater
2007 Stories met stertjie
2008 Heleen en die heks met hoofpyn

1991 Liefde en geweld (short stories)
1994 Sê (short stories)
1996 Die oop deur (novel)
2008 Alle paaie lei deur Die Strand (novel)

1992 Vrou:mens: verhale deur vroue oor vroue
2003 Want die lewe is so goed: keur uit die werk van Mikro
2008 Ware liefde: bekende Suid-Afrikaanse paartjies
2008 Romances to remember: South Africans in Love


Die meisie wat soos ’n bottervoël sing (1990)
English (Tintinyane, the Girl who sang like a Magic Bird, 1990)

Ganekwane en die groen draak en ander nuwe Afrika-sprokies (1992)
English (Ganekwane and the Green Dragon, 1992)

Die towersak en ander stories
English (The magic pouch, 1995)


“But it remains an interesting compendium of love stories which attempts an explanation of why love survives the vicissitudes of life.” – Arja Salafranca, Tonight (2008)

Photo: Kwêla - kykNET

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