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Hennie Aucamp

Hennie Aucamp


1934 - 2014

Poet, playwright and one of the most important South African writers in a wide range of prose:
short stories, essays, cabaret texts, diaries and reviews

The father of literary cabaret in South Africa

Hendrik (Hennie) Christoffel Lourens Aucamp was born on 20 January 1934, at Dordrecht in the Northern Cape and grew up in the Stormberge, on the farm Rust-mijn-ziel, in the district of Jamestown. After matriculation at Jamestown Hoërskool in 1951, he studied Afrikaans, English, Literature and Drama at Stellenbosch University (BA 1955; S.O.D. 1957; MA, cum laude, 1958; DEd, cum laude, 1974).
In 1964 he joined the Department of Afrikaans, Faculty of Education at the Stellenbosch University and was appointed Head of the Department in 1983 (where he remained until his retirement in 1994) and Associate Professor in 1986. He used his sabbatical leaves to study at the Catholic University of Leuven and - in 1979 - in New York at the Teacher's College and at Columbia University, where he attended the following courses: The writing of drama, Popular Fiction, Professional and Educational Writing.
Following his retirement, Hennie Aucamp moved to Tamboerskloof, Cape Town.
In celebration of his 70th birthday in 2004, the book, 'n Skrywer by Sonsopkoms, was dedicated to him in a festive compilation (by Lina Spies and Lucas Malan) with contributions by 16 authors.
Hennie died on 20 March 2014, 3 months after his 80th birthday.

Awards:

1970: Tafelberg prize
1974: WA Hofmeyr prize, together with Chris Barnard
1980: ATKV Drama Prize
1982: Hertzog prize
1987: Fleur du Cap prize for best South African play of the year
1997: Recht Malan-prize
2004: Fleur du Cap Merit Award
   ATKV-Veertjie-toekenning
   Afrikaans-Onbeperk-toekenning van die KKNK
   Winner of LitNet' s Mont du Toit Kelder competition for wine poetry
2006: The Gustav Preller medal for Literary Theory
South African Literary Award: Lifetime Literary Achievement Award 2010
Hennie Aucamp
Hennie presents his new diary:
Skuinslig (20.3. 2004)
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List of works:

Hennie Aucamp published many literary and didactic papers in literary journals.
Most books were published by Tafelberg and Human&Rousseau.

Bly Te Kenne: (1)
Bly Te Kenne

Hennie Aucamp gee rekenskap van die positiewe invloede en mentors in sy lewe.
In lande ver vandaan: 'n Toerjornaal
In lande ver vandaan: 'n Toerjornaal

Hennie Aucamp, meesterverteller en vernuftige toergids, neem jou op 'n poskaartreis
LAPA , 2001
Skuinslig
Skuinslig

Hierdie egodokument dek die tydperk Maart 1996 tot April 1997
Dryfhout
Dryfhout
- Poems, Tafelberg, 2005
'n Vreemdeling Op Deurtog
'n Vreemdeling Op Deurtog
, 2007
Met Aucamp se kenmerkende vermoë om vrye denke en ou waardes, humor en besinning te kombineer, boei hy die leser in hierdie bundel verhale en essays.
Prose:
1963 Een somermiddag
1965 Die hartseerwals, APB/Perskor
1967 Spitsuur
1968 Karnaatjie: reissketse en essays
1970 'n Bruidsbed vir tant Nonnie
1972 Hongerblom
1973 'n Baksel in die more (met Margaret Bakkes)
1973 Wolwedans
1976 Dooierus
1978 Enkelvlug
1981 Volmink
1986 Wat bly oor van soene?
1989 Kommerkrale - 'n AB-jap Vir Akoliete (gelykenisse)
1992 Dalk gaan niks verlore nie
1994 Pluk die dag (aforismes)
1995 Gewis is alles net 'n grap
1996 Rampe in die ruigte (fabels)
1996 Gekaapte tyd (dagboek)
1997 Allersiele (dagboek)
2000 Ook skaduwees laat spore
2001 Bly te kenne (mémoire)
2001 In Lande Ver Vandaan - 'n Toerjornaal
2003 In die vroegte (mémoire)
2004 Skuinslig (dagboek)
2005 Dryfhout
2007 'n Vreemdeling op Deurtog (short stories and essays), Protea Boekhuis, 2009
Die huis van die digter en ander liefdesverhale
2009 Oor en weer (16 onderhoude), Protea Boekhuis
2011 Lendetaal Homoërotiek in die Kunste en in die Letterkunde, Protea Boekhuis
Poetry:
1977 Die lewe is 'n grenshotel (ryme vir pop en kabaret)
1984 Die blou uur (kwatryne)
1987 Teen latenstyd
1989 Brecht sing Afrikaans (with Arnold Blumer and others)
1997 Koerier (69 opdrag- en ander kwatryne)
1999 Lyflied ('n keur uit Aucamp se liedtekste (compiled and with a postface by Daniel Hugo)
2002 Hittegolf: wulpse sonnette met 'n nawoord (review at: www.skoppensboer.co.za)
2008 Vlamsalmander, Protea Boekhuis
2011Ghoera (Rhymed picture story book; Illustrator: Zakkie Eloff), Protea Boekhuis, 2012
Woerts in die hoekie (kinderverse, Illustrator: Diek Grobler), Protea Boekhuis
Teen die lig (poetry), Protea Boekhuis, 2012
Skulp, (poetry), Protea Boekhuis, 2014

Literary Theory:
1978 Kort voor lank (oor kortprosa)
1984 Woorde wat wond (teoretiese werk)
1986 Die blote storie
1991 'n Boekreis ver (private edition)
1992 Windperd: opstelle oor kreatiewe skryfwerk
1987 Dagblad (geselekteerde boekresensies)
1994 Die blote storie II
1998 Beeltenis verbode (artikels oor oorwegend egodokumente)

Cabaret and Plays:
1980 Papawerwyn
1980 Met permissie gesê (kabaret)
1986 Slegs vir almal
1987 By Felix en Madame (toneel)
1988 Sjampanje vir ontbyt (toneel)
1989 Punt in die wind
1990 Brommer in die boord: Boereklug met musiek
1994 Dubbeldop: kabarettekste en essays
1996 Van hoogheid tot traagheid; of, Die sewe doodsondes
Koffer in Berlyn, Protea Boekhuis, 2012

Compilations:
1971 Op die Stormberge
1973 Bolder
1978 Blommetjie gedenk aan my
1982 Vir vier stemme (bibliofiele uitgawe)
1990 Wisselstroom
1995 Sewe sondes, nee meer
Audrey Blignault, Mal Hansie en ander verhale (illustrated by Cora Coetzee)
1997 Wys my waar is Timboektoe
1998 Borde borde boordevol (bloemlesing)
1987 Minnie Postma, As Die Maan Oor Die Lug Loop - Sotho-verhale
1997 Hoorspelkeur

Translation: 1963 Ou Ramon by Jack Schaefer

On Hennie Aucamp by others:
Mardelene Grobbelaar, Hennie Aucamp as Dekadent


Compilations of his works:
1979/90 In een kraal - 'n keur uit die prosa van Hennie Aucamp (Elize Botha)
1983 House visits (compiled and translated by Ian Ferguson)
1987 Brandglas (with an introduction and compiled by Charles Fryer)
Mits dese wil ek vir jou sê - Briewe van Hennie Aucamp, Hemel & See, 2013

Find a collection of his aphorisms in LitNet: Vlugsout

The book, 'n Skrywer by Sonsopkoms, can be ordered from
(021) 808 26 11

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Die roemer, die wyn, die karaf
(by 'n sewentiende-eeuse stillewe)

Uit watter stofbedekte bottel
is dié karaf gevul?
Karaf staan buikig langs 'n skottel:
sy oesjaar ewiglik verhul.

In die skottel glim 'n skulp
langs druiwetrosse blink geswel,
maar oestervlees moet spoedig stulp:
die lewe is 'n sinnespel.

Die roemer, met geribde steel
het omgeval op die damas -
die skuins lig wat oor alles speel
verklap 'n vlek wat rooi wyn was.

Die oomblik, mens, is wat jy het:
hoe vlugtig ook sy ryk boeket.

Hennie  Hennie  Hennie
Photos taken at Protea Boekhuis on 20 March 2004 (by Rosie) - Click for enlargements

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