| Elisabeth Françoise Eybers was born in Klerksdorp on the 26th of February 1915. She grew up and was schooled in Schweizer-Reneke, where her father was a minister. At the age of 16 she went on to study at The University of Witwatersrand, where she obtained her BA degree as well as her BA Honours degree (with distinction). She went on to become member of the artistic editorial of Die Vaderland as well as the editor of the magazine Die Moderne Vrou. Her debut poetry, Belydenis in die skemering appeared in 1936. Thus, she became the first woman to publish a poetry anthology in Afrikaans and win the Hertzog Prize in 1943. In 1961 Eybers moved to the Netherlands, intending to stay only for a year. She ended up living in Amsterdam until her death on Saturday the 1st of December 2007 at the age of 92 years.Eybers received numerous prizes such as the Hertzog Prize (1943, 1971), CNA Prize, WA Hofmeyer Prize, Old Mutual Prize as well as the acclaimed PC Hooft Prize which she received in the Netherlands. She was also the recipient of the Herman Gorter and the Constantijn Huygens Prize.