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Nanette van Rooyen

Nanette van Rooyen

Author of short stories and children's books

Nanette van Rooyen was born on 3 November 1962, at Sutherland, Great Karoo. She matriculated in Vredenburg, West coast and studied Languages at Stellenbosch University (BA and Higher Teachers Diploma, 1984) and Creative writing at the University of Cape Town (MA 2003).
After a year teaching in Umtata, Transkei, in 1985, she worked as a book editor for different publishers.
Nanette has founded ARISE, a group to help women. Since 1995 she is a freelance writer and works half time for publishers. Nanette wrote a children's story, Die Komperprinses, which appeared in instalments in Die Klein - Burger. She regularly reads at the Klein - Burger's Reading Mondays at schools.
Nanette van Rooyen lives with her husband, Rudi, and daughters, Sabina and Leah, in Greenpoint, Cape Town. She focuses on short stories and a novel.


1996: ATKV Prize for Maaneiers
1999: Winner of the De Kat-Vonkfiksie competition with the short story Tollie Hans
Second prize in the De Jager-HAUM competition for the short story Offerblomme (included in the collection Douspoor, Tafelberg 2000
2002: RAU-Mardene Marais Prize for Om te vlerk


Many of her books were translated into English and the first four also into Zulu, Xhosa, Suid-Sotho and Tswana.

Chinchilla (novel), H&R, 2007
Om te vlerk, (Short stories for adults), Human & Rousseau, 2001
Onkel en Pops, Garamond
Houtpapegaaie praat mos nie, Garamond
Lila langs die rietkuil, Garamond
Die groen koei, Garamond
Maaneiers, Human & Rousseau
Troetelengel / Pet Angel, Juta
Mister Ben wou gaan boemel, Juta
Fantoli / Phantele, Juta
Hasie uit die hoed, Juta
My ouma is 'n model, Juta
Babbels - die lui sirkusnar, Juta
Sollie die Skipper, Juta
Bloudans, Juta
Wat is drakie?, Juta
Sollie Skipper (Illustrator: Bernice Lizamore), Juta Gariep, 2002
My Kat SE Naam is Maandag Juta, 2002
Leah se meermin, LAPA
Ek Was Hier, LAPA 2012

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