- Category: PA 2001
Antjie Krog was born in the Orange Free State in 1952. She completed her BA degree at the University of the Orange Free State, her Masters degree at the University of Pretoria and a teachers diploma at the University of South Africa (all cum laude) She conducted workshops for the South African Congress of Writers in rural areas and worked closely with the Poetry School at Bloemfontein as well as the Poetry Laboratory at the University of Stellenbosch. Antjie Krog has been awarded numerous prizes for her works, including the Eugene Marais prize for the most promising young writer, Rapport prize for best literary work in a particular year, Hertzog prize for the best poetry volume over three years, Allan Paton award for best South African non-fiction work, as well as the Foreign correspondent award and Pringle award for excellence in journalism for her reporting on the Truth Commission.
Her works have been translated into several languages. She has been keynote speaker at the Zimbabwe Book Fair in 1998 and the Conference on Women and Violence organised by the World Bank in Washington in 1998. She has given lectures worldwide on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and appears as a frequent guest on current affairs programmes of the BBC and other parts of the world. She has been invited to participate three times at Poetry International at Rotterdam and Nacht der Poezie in The Hague. Krog formed part of the South African writers invited to Aix-en-Provence for the Cite de Livre in 1997 and was recently part of the La Caravane de la Poesie – seven poets from Africa who travelled the ancient slave route from Goreé back to Tombouctou. Antjie Krog has also published two poetry books for young children and her first play was recently performed in South Africa. She is married with four children.
Antjie Krog's, ‘Down to My Last Skin’ – is the first winner of the FNB Vita Poetry Award. Prof. Andries Oliphant(Unisa and Chairman of the Arts and Culture Trust of the President) will present the award following her readings on 29th May.