Biography/Biografie

Biografie / biography:

Marlise Joubert is gebore in Elim naby Levubu. Sy voltooi haar skoolloopbaan op Warmbad [Bela Bela] in die Waterberge en verwerf ʼn BA (Bibl.) en honneursgraad in Filosofie aan die Universiteit van Pretoria. Sy word bibliotekaresse by verskeie instansies en werk ook as joernalis by tye. In 1971 debuteer sy met die digbundel ʼn Boot in die woestyn. Daarna volg nog ses digbundels waarvan splintervlerk  [2011] by Protea Boekhuis verskyn het. Splintervlerk is genomineer vir die SALA Poësieprys in 2012. In 2015 ontvang sy die Cordis Trust Orde van die Goue Pen vir buitengewone bydrae tot die bevordering van Afrikaans. Sy is die redakteur van ‘in a burning sea’ – Contemporary Afrikaans Poetry in Translation, wat by Protea Boekhuis in 2014 verskyn. Haar agste digbundel bladspieël verskyn in 2015 by Human & Rousseau. Die bundel word ook genomineer vir die Elisabeth Eybers Poësieprys, asook die ATKV Woordveertjie vir Poësie. In 2017 word een van haar talle kortverhale opgeneem in die versamelbundel Kleure van die Liefde wat by H&R verskyn.

Onderhoude: ‘n Onderhoud wat Amanda Lourens met Joubert oor splintervlerk kan hier gelees word. Met Gisela Ullyatt voer sy ook ‘n onderhoud oor haar jongste bundel, bladspieël. ‘n Resensie oor hierdie bundel is hier te lees.

Sy het drie romans gepubliseer te wete Klipkus, Oranje Meraai en Ateljee van Glas. Klipkus het in Nederlands verskyn as Rode Granaat (1981). Sy skryf ook verskeie radiodramas wat reeds vier keer pryse van die RSG/Sanlam radiodrama-kompetisie verower het. Nadat sy 16 jaar lank vir die Departement Beeldende Kunste by Universteit van Stellenbosch gewerk het, word sy ’n algemene assistent vir vyf jaar lank by Protea Boekwinkel op Stellenbosch. Sy is getroud met die digter Louis Esterhuizen {lees sy biografie & gedigte} en hulle woon op Stellenbosch, Suid-Afrika. Hulle was albei betrokke by die organisering van Versindaba, ‘n poësiefees wat elke jaar plaasgevind het vir Afrikaanse digters. Die fees is tans in die hande van Woordfees wat dit jaarliks in Septembermaand van stapel stuur. Marlise is die webmeester van die webblad Versindaba. Sy skryf en skilder voltyds.

Onderhoud op LitNet

 

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Biography:

Marlise Joubert is a fulltime painter as well as a well-known Afrikaans writer. She mainly does watercolor paintings. To paint in different mediums has been a passion she has exploited for many years and once took part in a exhibition at Stellenbosch in the nineties. It is only now that she can devote herself full time to this art form: “Water colour is a continuation of my poetry which has always been very visual and stating who I really am. I find it satisfying to create a scene or idea in soft or bright watercolours, to make the white of the paper an integral part of the atmosphere and to explore all the techniques available to the artist in this medium. Hopefully this medium will also find prominence locally as it already has overseas.”

Marlise has studied in Librarianship and Philosophy at the University of Pretoria. For a few years she was a journalist as well. She worked for 16 years at the department of Fine Arts at the US and for another 5 years at the Protea Book Shop in Stellenbosch where she lives. Her publications include 7 volumes of poetry and 3 novels. She was the editor of four volumes of poetry containing work of all the poets participating in the yearly Versindaba poetry festivals in Stellenbosch. In 2014 Protea Book House published an anthology of Afrikaans poems in translation, ‘in a burning sea’ with Joubert as the editor of this collection. She translated some poems of Yhuda Amichai into Afrikaans. Four of her radio dramas won prizes with the RSG/Sanlam radio competition. Her 7th volume of poetry, splintervlerk, has been published [2011] by Protea Book House and was nominated for die SALA Poetry Prize in 2012. In 2015 she received the Cordis Trust Orde van die Goue Pen for her contribution to the promotion and furtherance of Afrikaans. In 2015 her latest volume of poetry bladspieël was published by Human & Rousseau. A review of this book can be read here. The volume was also nominated for the Elisabeth Eybers Poetry Award.

Marlise is married to the poet, Louis Esterhuizen and they live and work in Stellenbosch, South Africa. She is the webmaster of  Versindaba, a collective poetry web for Afrikaans poetry, with interaction from poets of  Netherland and Belgium.

Toekennings/Awards:

2001: Sanlam/RSG radio drama competition for Beginners (first prize)
2002: Sanlam/RSG radio drama competition (third prize)
2003: Sanlam/ RSG radio drama competition (second prize)
2005: Sanlam/ RSG radio drama competition (third prize)

 

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