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Hans du Plessis

Biographical info

Hans du Plessis was born in Pretoria on January 15 1945. He matriculated at Afrikaans Hoër Seunskool, Pretoria. He obtained a B.A. degree at the University of Pretoria and started teaching in 1966. In 1975 he obtained his doctorate at Unisa and received a senior bursary from the HSRC in 1976.

He furthered his studies at Harvard University in America. He subsequently lectured in grammatical studies at Unisa and RAU. In January 1981 he became professor of Afrikaans Grammar at Potchefstroom University and in 1990 he became Director of the ATKV School for Writing at the Northwest University.

Hans du Plessis is a renowned researcher, academic, poet, playwright, columnist, novelist and writer of youth fiction. His creative debut was in 1978 with a book of poetry, Kleinwild. Gewete van glas was published in 1984. This was followed by five collections of poetry, three youth novels, a collection of columns he wrote, and six novels. The last three novels were historical novels with the Great Trek as backdrop, of which his latest novel, Inboekeling, appeared at Tafelberg in 2014.

A novel, Grensgeval, was published in 1985 and Skuiwelinge in 1990. In 1991 he published a youth novel, Disse flippen stukkende wêreld dié, my ou, in 1995 the novel Bakgat, en wat dan van my, in 1996 Ditsem, Dawid!, and in 2001 a book of poetry Innie skylte vannie Jirre. In 2002 he published a book of Griqua poems about Song of Songs, Boegoe vannie liefde.

Did you know?  

· Hans’s play, Broerse (1997) and the musical drama Liefde en oorlog (2000) were performed at the KKNK, Aardklop and in theatres all over the country. Randall Wicomb’s musical production of Innie skylte vannie Jirre and his CD, Hie neffens my, both of which were based on the book, were also performed at the arts festivals.
· The book of poetry Innie skylte vannie Jirre sold 35 000 copies in the first ten months.

Author’s bookshelf

Inboekeling, Tafelberg (2014)
As die wind kom draai, 
Tafelberg (2013)
Ditsem, Dawid!
, Human & Rousseau (1996)
Bakgat, en wat dan van my?, Human & Rousseau (1995)


C.R. Swart Prize (1995) – Disse flippen stukkende wêreld dié, my ou
ATKV Children’s Book Prize (1997) – Ditsem, Dawid!
Honorary Award for Afrikaans documentaries television programmes from the Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns (1997) – Afrikaans: ons eie mixed bredie
CBSA Award (2001) – Innie skylte vannie Jirre


1978 Kleinwild, HAUM
1984 Gewete van glas, Human & Rousseau
2001 Innie skylte vannie Jirre, Lapa
2002 Boegoe vannie liefde, Lapa
2003 Hie neffens my, Lapa
2012 Karos orie dyne, Lapa

1985 Grensgeval, Human & Rousseau
1990 Skuiwelinge, HAUM
2009 Verbrande paradys, Lapa
2013 As die wind kom draai, Tafelberg

Prose: Youth fiction
1991 Disse flippen stukkende wêreld die, my ou, HAUM/Kagiso
1995 Bakgat, en wat dan van my?, Human & Rousseau
1996 Ditsem, Dawid!, Human & Rousseau

2004 Splinters, Lapa

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