Chris Barnard (author)

Chris Barnard (author)
Chris Barnard
Born Christiaan Johan Barnard
July 15, 1939(1939-07-15)
Mataffin, Nelspruit, South Africa
Education University of Pretoria
Occupation Author, Scriptwriter, Filmmaker, Farmer
Spouse Anette (m. 1962–1978) «start: (1962)–end+1: (1979)»"Marriage: Anette to Chris Barnard (author)" Location: (linkback://
Katinka Heyns (m. 1978–present) «start: (1978)»"Marriage: Katinka Heyns to Chris Barnard (author)" Location: (linkback://
Children Johan

Christiaan Johan Barnard (aka Chris Barnard) is a South African author born July 15, 1939. Well known for penning various Afrikaans novels, novellas, columns, youth novels, short stories, plays, radio dramas, film scripts and television dramas.



Barnard was born in Mataffin in the Nelspruit district of South Africa, and matriculated at Nelspruit High in 1957. He majored in Afrikaans-Nederlands and History of Art at the University of Pretoria.

In the 1960s he and several other authors were notable figures in the Afrikaans literary movement known as Die Sestigers ("The Sixty-ers"). These writers sought to use Afrikaans as a language to speak against the apartheid government, and also to bring into Afrikaans literature the influence of contemporary English and French trends.

During 1962 Barnard married his first wife, Anette, and together they produced three sons; Johan, Stephan and Tian. After divorcing his first wife in 1978, he weds his second wife, Katinka Heyns.[1] His fourth son, Simon, is born out of this marriage.

Barnard's second novel, Mahala,[2] is considered an Afrikaans classic.



  • Bekende onrus; novel (1961)
  • Die houtbeeld; novella (1961)
  • Boela van die blouwater; youth novel (1962)
  • Man in die middel; novel (1963)
  • Dwaal; novella (1964)
  • Die swanesang van majoor Sommer; novella (1965)
  • Duiwel-in-die-bos; short stories (1968)
  • Mahala; novel (1971)
  • Chriskras; short stories and sketches (1972)
  • Danda; youth novel (1974)
  • Chriskras: 'n tweede keur; short stories and sketches (1976)
  • Danda op Oudeur; youth novel (1977)
  • So onder deur die maan: Chriskras 3; short stories and sketches (1985)
  • Voetpad na Vergelegen; youth novel (1987)
  • Klopdisselboom – die beste van Chriskras; short stories and sketches (1988)
  • Moerland; novel (1992)
  • Boendoe; novel (1999)
  • Oulap se blou;[3] short stories (2008)

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)

Translated works

  • Boela van die blouwater translated into Dutch by Dieuwke Behrens
  • Pa, maak vir my 'n vlieër, Pa translated into English by the author
  • Die rebellie van Lafras Verwey translated into Dutch, French, English, Italian and Czech
  • Mahala translated into German[7] by Griet van Schreven, and English[8] by Luzette Strauss


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


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