Marianna Brandt was born in Cape Town in 1952 and grew up in Namibia. She studied in the Free State to become a medical technician. She worked in laboratories all over the country for about ten years. After her studies Marianna travelled overseas. Upon her return she worked at the SABC. She wrote about 50 stories for Siembamba, the children's radio programme. She subsequently worked for a TV company, writing scripts. These days Marianna offers courses for prospective authors of children’s books.
Marianna made her debut in 1985 with the children’s book Poppie-Dot van die Kaap. Her books are read in translation in many countries including Gambia, Ghana, Namibia, Kenya, Iceland, Swaziland and of course South Africa.
Die mieliestronkpop won an ATKV Children’s Book award in 2000 and in 2001 the English translation, The Mealie-Cob Doll, received a White Ravens nomination.
Did you know?
- The children’s book Poppie-Dot van die Kaap (1985) was a radio story before it was reworked in book form.
- In 1998 Marianna was one of five South African writers who participated in a programme, Shuttle 99 Project, held in Iceland. Each had to produce a children’s book and her Kria the Summerbird was published by an Icelandic publisher.
- Markus Stermuis was shortlisted for the MER Prize for children’s and youth literature in 2004.
Emma en die geheime gang, Human & Rousseau (2012)
Diva Veronica, Human & Rousseau (2009)
Die Stoutsterte: Poot aan wal, Human & Rousseau (2006)
Marcus Star Mouse on the Soyuz 3 2 1, Human & Rousseau (2003)
Markus Stermuis op die Sojoes 3 2 1, Human & Rousseau (2003)
Die Stoutsterte: Van Texel tot Tafelbaai, Human & Rousseau (2002)
The Mealie-Cob Doll, Tafelberg (1998)
ATKV Prize (2000) – Die mieliestronkpop
List of titles
Children’s and Youth books:
1985 Poppie-Dot van die Kaap, Tafelberg
1992 The Truck Driver's Love, Macmillan
1993 The Food of Love, Macmillan
1993 Poppie-Dot by die Grootrivier, Tafelberg Uitgewers
1994 Beads for a Bird, Macmillan
1996 Two Eggs for the President, Macmillan
1997 Hero of the Hills, Macmillan
1997 Heroes of the Coal Yard, Macmillan
1998 The Wake-Up Whistler, Macmillan
1998 Die mieliestronkpop, Tafelberg
1998 The Mealie-Cob Doll, Tafelberg
1999 Rimpelstories, Maskew Miller Longman
1999 Kria the Summer Bird, Icelandic Publisher
1999 The Wait and See Car, Macmillan
2001 Die geheim van die toringkamer, Human &Rousseau
2002 Die Stoutsterte, Human & Rousseau.
2003 The River Queen, Macmillan
2003 Markus Stermuis op die Sojoes 3 2 1, Human & Rousseau
2003 Marcus Star Mouse on the Soyuz 3 2 1, Human & Rousseau
2004 The River Queen, Macmillan UK
2004 Om die Wêreld, Maskew Miller Longman
2004 Hoekom is die see swart, Maskew Miller Longman
2005 Nelson & Ali, Heinemann
2006 Die Avonture van Magrietjie Swaaiboude, Human & Rousseau
2006 Die Stoutsterte: Poot aan wal, Human & Rousseau
2009 Diva Veronica, Human & Rousseau
2012 Emma en die geheime gang, Human & Rousseau
Die mieliestronkpop (1998)
- English (The Mealie-Cob Doll, 1998)
Markus Stermuis op die Sojoes 3 2 1 (2003)
- English (Marcus Star Mouse on the Soyuz 3 2 1, 2003)