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Marinda van Zyl

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Marinda van Zyl was born in Gobabis (Namibia) on September 11, 1948, as the fourth child of Izak and Lenie Potgieter and grew up on a farm in the district. After receiving her primary education at a farm school, she matriculated in 1966 at Gobabis High School. She completed a BA Degree and teaching diploma at the Potchefstroom University for CHE.

Her teaching career had a rather awkward start in 1971 at Walvis Bay High School when she, merely an arm chair sports fan, was assigned Physical Education as teaching subject. In December 1971 she married Jan van Zyl and thereafter taught Afrikaans at Windhoek High School. In 1976 the couple moved to Bloemfontein to further their studies. At Bloemfontein Teachers College she trained school librarians and acted as book selector for the Provincial Library Service. After moving to Vanderbijlpark in 1984 she lectured History at the Sebokeng Campus of Vista University.

Jan en Marinda retired at Langebaan.

Apart from Honours Degrees in History and Library Science from Unisa, she also holds Masters Degrees in History (UOVS) and Library Science (cum laude) from PU for CHE, as well as a Ph.D. in History from Vista University.

She made her fiction writing debut in 1988 when her novelle Die reëndagbesluit was shortlisted for the Sarie/ATKV-novelle competition and included in Bittersoet Sewe, published by Tafelberg in 1991.

In 2011 she was runner-up in Lapa’s novel competition with her manuscript Vrypas na Vergenoeg, published as Wilhelmina Radebe kom tuis. Her novel Amraal was shortlisted for NB-Uitgewers Groot Afrikaanse romanwedstryd. Her third novel, Dors, was published in 2018 and in 2019 her short story "'n Jas teen die somerhitte" is included in the Woordfees short story anthology.

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