Born in Vrede, in the Orange Free State, the sister of André P. Brink. She matriculated in Lydenburg and studied at the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education, completing a BA and an MA degree (1964). In 1975 she obtained a D.Litt. degree from the University of the Orange Free State. She taught for a while, before becoming a lecturer in the Departement of Afrikaans and Dutch ("Afrikaans-Nederlands") at Potchefstroom University
In 1961 she married Dawid Hercules Steenberg, and the couple have two daughters (Ilse and Erika)and two sons (Adri and Conrad). She was diagnosed with multiple scelerosis in the 1970s and passed away on Tuesday 14 May, 1996.
Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance
Her novel Rondomtralie was filmed as Salomien in 1972.
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