Henie Aucamp 2010

Hennie Aucamp
Lifetime Achievement Literary Award
 Hendrik Christoffel Lourens (Hennie) Aucamp is a South African writer and poet who gained prominence as an academic, playwright, short story and cabaret writer. He was born on 20 January 1934 in Dordrecht in the Eastern Cape and grew up on the farm Rust-mijn-ziel in the Jamestown district. He studied at the Universities of Stellenbosch, Leuven (Belgium) and Colombia (New York). He attained the qualifications BA, SOD, MA and DEd. He worked at the Faculty of Education of the University of Stellenbosch for thirty years until his retirement in 1994. Aucamp made his prose debut in 1963 with Een somermiddag: landelike sketse en vertellings.Apart from the short story, he is also a writer of lyrics, cabaret songs, poems and plays. His sixth volume of poems will be published in 2011, called Teen die lig. His first volumes of children’s poems, Woerts in die hoekie and Ghoera, will also see the light in 2011.In Ghoera he recaptures the fascination that Bushman stories and other ethnic stories held for him from childhood days onward. “It seems like poetic justice that I should give back to Africa what I got from Africa as a child,” he says. “I also grew up amidst some of the most breathtaking Bushman paintings on this continent.”

Aucamp won several literary awards, such as the Tafelberg Prize (1970); WA Hofmeyr Prize (together with Chris Barnard, 1974); ATKV Playwright Prize (1980); Hertzog Prize (1982); Fleur du Cap Prize for Best South African Script of the Year (1987); Recht Malan Prize (1997), and the Gustav Preller Prize (2005). Aucamp has been called the father of literary cabaret in South Africa.

In the year 2000 The University of Stellenbosch awarded him an honorary doctorate.

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