Gerda Taljaard (Gilson) is currently a lecturer at the University of Pretoria’s Unit for Academic Literacy. Her debut novel ‘n Engel in die hoenderhok will be published by Tafelberg in 2009.
She completed her doctoral studies in literature in 2002 and in the same year her collection of short stories Maansiek, was published by Protea Boekhuis. In 2003 one of her poems was included in an anthology, As die son kom oogknip (Ed: Fanie Olivier), and in Honderd jaar later (Praag), a collection published as a tribute to Eugéne Marais.
In 2006 she was named overall winner of the De Compagnie prize for best short story, out of 400 entries. That short story was included in the anthology Die melkweg het ’n ster laat val (Human & Rousseau). As a student she already won numerous prizes for short stories during UP’s annual Van Schaik literature competitions (1994 and 1995). Two of her short stories appeared in Literator in 1998 and in 1999 she won the Litera prize for best new (unpublished) writer. Some of her literary sketches have also been published in rooi rose (2002).
Books still in print
’n Engel in die hoenderhok (2009)
List of published works
2012 Kelder, Tafelberg
2009 ’n Engel in die hoenderhok, Tafelberg
2002 Maansiek, Protea Boekhuis