Human & Rousseau

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Lina Spies

Biographical info

Carellina Pieternella (Lina) Spies was born on 6 March 1939 in Harrismith, where she also matriculated. She completed her Master's Degree at the University of Stellenbosch in 1963. Lina also completed Doctorates at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam (1970) and the University of Pretoria (1982). She was a lecturer at the Universities of Port Elizabeth and Pretoria, and from 1987 to 1999 she was a Professor in the Afrikaans & Dutch Department of the University of Stellenbosch. Her debut poetry volume, Digby vergenoeg, was published in 1971 and awarded both the Eugène Marais Prize and the Ingrid Jonker Prize in 1972. Her eighth volume of poetry, Duskant die einders, was published in 2004.

Did you know?

  • She is the daughter of J.F. Spies, the author of numerous children’s poems.
  • Eight of her Psalm adaptations have been included in the new Liedboek.

Author bookshelf

Die skyn van tuiskoms, Human & Rousseau (2010)
Duskant die einders, Human & Rousseau (2004)


Eugène Marais Prize (1972) – Digby vergenoeg
Ingrid Jonker Prize (1972) – Digby vergenoeg

List of titles

1971 Digby vergenoeg, Human & Rousseau
1973 Winterhawe, Human & Rousseau
1976 Dagreis, Human & Rousseau
1982 Oorstaanson, Human & Rousseau
1987 Van sjofar tot sjalom, Human & Rousseau
1992 Hiermaals, Human & Rousseau
1992 Kolonnade, Human & Rousseau
1998 Die skaduwee van die son, Human & Rousseau
2004 Duskant die einders, Human & Rousseau
2010 Die skyn van tuiskoms – 'n keur uit die gedigte van Lina Spies, Human & Rousseau


Literary criticism
1979 Ontmoetings, Tafelberg

1998 Majesteit die kat, Queillerie
1999 Sy sien webbe roer, Human & Rousseau

2008 Die agterhuis (translation of Anne Frank’s diary), Protea Boekhuis

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