Chris Barnard

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BARNARD, Chris (1939-2015) [1] is a celebrated Afrikaans novelist, journalist, reviewer, playwright and scriptwriter for radio, film and TV. Born as Christiaan Johan Barnard in Mataffin, Nelspruit, on July 15, 1939. , studied at ***. Married to actress and film-maker Katinka Heyns. He died on 28 December, 2015.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

A well-known and respected journalist for many years, was part of the so-called “Sestiger” (“Sixties”) literary movement and a key figure in the Afrikaanse Skrywersgilde (Afrikaans Writers Guild). Initially experimented with theatre of the absurd in the early sixties and made his name as playwright with Pa, Maak vir my 'n Vlieër Pa (“Father, build me a kite, Father” – translation entitled Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow), staged by CAPAB in 1969. Other stage plays: Iemand Om Voor Nag te Sê (“Someone to say Good Night to” – 19*), 'n Man met Vakansie (“A Man on Vacation” – 19*), Taraboemdery (19*) and Bloed?* (1981?*), Die Swanesang van Majoor Sommer (PACT, 1979), **. Also wrote for radio. Plays include the critically acclaimed Die Rebellie van Lafras Verwey (“The Rebellion of Lafras Verwey” – 1971), which won a prestigious Belgian Radio award*. (It has often also been done most successfully on stage, beginning with PACT in 1975.) Other radio plays include Stasie in die Niet (“Station in the Void”) and Op die Pad na Acapulco (“On the Road to Acapulco”). Film and television texts: Nagspel [“Night Game”], Piet-my-vrou, Die Ballade van Klara Viljee and Paljas), are among the few published scripts available in Afrikaans.

Plays and Radio Dramas

Pa, maak vir my 'n vlieër, Pa; (1964) 'n Stasie in die niet; (1970) Die rebellie van Lafras Verwey; (1971) Iemand om voor nag te sê; (1975) Op die pad na Acapulco; (1975) 'n Man met vakansie; (1977) Taraboemdery; (1977)

Television and Filmscripts

Die Transvaalse Laeveld: kamee van 'n kontrei; (1975) Piet-my-vrou & Nagspel; (1982) Bartho by geleentheid van sy sestigste verjaardag; (1984) Die storie van Klara Viljee;[4] compiler and editor (1992) Paljas;[5][6] compiler and editor (1998)

Awards and honors

1961 CNA Prize; Bekende onrus 1962 APB Prize for youth literature; Boela van die blouwater 1968 CNA Prize; Duiwel-in-die-bos 1970 SABC/BRT Prize for radio dramas; Die rebellie van Lafras Verwey 1973 Hertzog Prize for prose; Mahala and Duiwel-in-die-bos 1973 SABC Academy Prize for radio dramas; Die rebellie van Lafras Verwey 1974 WA Hofmeyr Prize; Mahala 1980 Idem Prize for radio dramas; Die rebellie van Lafras Verwey 1984 Idem Prize for television dramas; Donkerhoek 1986 FAK-Helpmekaar Prize for light fiction; So onder deur die maan: Chriskras 3 1987 Idem Prize for radio dramas; Uitnodiging tot die dans 1987-89 Scheepers Prize for youth literature; Voetpad na Vergelegen 1991 Hertzog Prize for drama; For his complete drama oeuvre 1992 WA Hofmeyr Prize; Moerland 1993 Rapport Prize; Moerland 1993 CNA Prize; Moerland 2006 ATKVeertjie for writer of episode 13 of Amalia 2008 SA Akademie's Medal of Honour for Afrikaans Radio Dramas; Blindemol 2013 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, shortlisted for Bundu (tr. Michiel Heyns; Afrikaans)[9]


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