Poet, author, translator and compiler of poetry collectionsStephanus Petrus Olivier was born in Pretoria on June 23, 1949. He matriculated from Port Natal Hoërskool in
Durban and studied Stellenbosch University (BA in Law, MA in
Afrikaans), where he took part in D. J. Opperman 's Letterkundige Laboratorium.
Professor of Afrikaans and South African Studies at the Adam Mickiewicz
University in Poznan, Poland
He obtained a Litt Drs in Literary Theory at the University of Utrecht and a D
Litt at the University of Potchefstroom (under the
supervision of T T Cloete. Thesis: Die mistiek in die Afrikaanse poësie). He also has a LLB degree from Unisa and has been admitted and practices as an advocate in the High Court of South Africa.
Fanie Olivier taught at Union High School in Graaff-Reinet, Ridgeway College in
Louis Trichardt, and was attached to the Afrikaans Departments [and Dutch,
where applicable] at the Universities of Natal, Durban-Westville and Venda,
from where he retired in June 2004. He was Professor in Afrikaans and
South African Studies in the School of English of the Adam Mickiewicz
University in Poznan, Poland, was Arts Editor of the Sunday newspaper Rapport and is a regular reviewer of new books.
Fanie was married to Rike (she died in 2007), also an academic and writer, and has a son and two daughters from earlier marriages.
Hobbies: hikes, travelling and reading
gom uit die sipres, Human & Rousseau, 1971
om alleen te reis, Human & Rousseau, 1973
paradysrigting van die wind, Perskor,1976
skimmellig, Human en Rousseau, 1978
verklarings 1967-1987, Human & Rousseau 1988
Apostroof, Human & Rousseau, 2010
Goudaar: gedigte oor Johannesburg, Perskor, 1986
Die mooiste Afrikaanse liefdesgedigte, Human & Rousseau, 1986 (extended
editions, 2001 and 2016)
As die son kom oogknip, Protea, 2002
Literêre dagboek 2004, LAPA (subject: Die see)
Die heel mooiste Afrikaanse liefdesgedigte (new edition), 2016
Text by Fanie Olivier, October 2004
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