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Danie Marais
Biographical info

Danie Marais was born in Kimberley on May 30, 1971. He completed school in 1989 at the Menlopark High School and in 1993 he completed a B. Com. Degree with law subjects at the University of Stellenbosch.

He studied teaching at the Carl von Ossietzky Universität in Oldenburg, Germany, where he majored in German, mathematics and philosophy.

In 2002, after nine years abroad, he returned to South Africa. His first volume of Poetry, In die buitenste ruimte, was published in 2006 and consequently received the Eugène Marais, Ingrid Jonker and UJ Debut Prizes.

In 2007 he was invited to the Poetry International Festival in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He also participated in Poetry Africa in Durban in 2007. He is currently a freelance journalist in Cape Town.

Did you know?

· In 2005 he was nominated for the DaimlerChrysler Poetry Prize.
· He translated a graphic novel written by Karlien de Villiers into German, Meine Mutter war eine schöne Frau. It was published in Switzerland in April 2006.

Author bookshelf

Pruimtwak en skaduboksers, Tafelberg (2015)
Solank verlange die sweep swaai, Tafelberg (2014)
In die buitenste ruimte, Tafelberg (2006)
Al is die maan 'n misverstand, Tafelberg (2009)


South African Literary Award Poetry Prize (2010) – Al is die maan 'n misverstand
Eugène Marais Prize (2007) – In die buitenste ruimte
Ingrid Jonker Prize (2007) – In die buitenste ruimte
University of Johannesburg Debut Prize (2007) – In die buitenste ruimte

List of titles

2006 In die buitenste ruimte
2009 Al is die maan 'n misverstand
2014 Solank verlange die sweep swaai

2005 Nuwe Stemme 3
2006 Honderd jaar later
2006 My ousie is ’n blom
2006 Versindaba 2006
2008 Versindaba 2008
2008 Groot Verseboek
2015 Pruimtwak en skaduboksers

As compiler:
2009 As almal ver is
2010 Nuwe stemme 4 (co-compiler with Ronel de Goede)

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