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Anoeschka von Meck

Biographical info

Anoeschka von Meck was born in March 1967 in Mariental, Namibia. She matriculated at the Lynchburg Christian Academy in Virginia, USA. After attending university in America, she received a degree in Egyptology from the University of Stellenbosch. From 1995 till 1998 she was a matron at a children’s home in Robertson. After that she worked as a journalist in Windhoek, on the West Coast and worked at Rapport.

Her first novel, Annerkant die longdrop, was published in 1998 at Queillerie. Anoeschka’s next book, Vaselinetjie, was published by Tafelberg in 2004. In 2005 Vaselinetjie won three literary awards: the Rapport/Jan Rabie Prize for fresh, new literary voices in Afrikaans, the MER Prize for Youth Literature, and the M-Net Prize for an Afrikaans text in short format. The English translation, My Name is Vaselinetjie, was published at Tafelberg in 2009.

Did you know?

· In 1994 a short story by her called “Bokse met druiwe en drome” was published inLyfSpel, a collection of erotic short stories compiled by Rachelle Greeff.
· Annerkant die longdrop in 1997 became one of the five finalists in the De Kat and Sanlam Novel Competition and received special mention. The novel was also a finalist for the 1999 M-Net Book Prize.
· Vaselinetjie appeared on the 2006 IBBY Honour’s Roll. In 2010 Vaselinetjie was staged at the Suidoosterfees in Cape Town as well as the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees.

Books still in print

My Name is Vaselinetjie, Tafelberg (2009)
Annerkant die longdrop, Tafelberg (2009)
Vaselinetjie, Tafelberg (2004)


Jan Rabie-Rapport Prize (2005) – Vaselinetjie
MER Prize for Youth Literature (2005) – Vaselinetjie
M-Net Prize for Afrikaans text in short format (2005) – Vaselinetjie
ATKV Prize for Grades 8-1010 (2006) – Vaselinetjie

List of publications

1998 Annerkant die longdrop, Queillerie
2004 Vaselinetjie, Tafelberg


Engels (My Name is Vaselinetjie, 2004)

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