Barry Ronge

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Barry Ronge
Born Hillbrow, Johannesburg
Nationality South Africa
Alma mater University of the Witwatersrand

Barry Johann Ronge[1] is a South African journalist, columnist, writer, broadcaster, movie reviewer and raconteur. He is arguably the country's best-known movie critic as well as one of its most widely read (and discussed) columnists.[2]

Ronge was born in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, and grew up on the West Rand where he attended Florida Park High School. He completed his studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, after which he began a teaching career at St. John's College, followed by a ten-year stint as a lecturer in literature at the University of the Witwatersrand.

He later moved on to become a print and electronic journalist, specializing in the arts.

Ronge is probably best known for his Spit and Polish column in the Sunday Times (which has been running for more than fifteen years), his movie reviews for the same newspaper, and his Sunday evening show on Radio 702. After writing for the Sunday Times for 27 years he wrote is last column on the 23rd February 2014.[3] From 2015 onwards the Sunday Times renamed it's prize for South African literature to the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize.[4][5]


  • Spit 'n Polish, 2006, Penguin Books SA, EAN : 9780143025252



  1. ^ Wyk, Ferdie Van. "Barry Ronge". Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  3. ^ Bristow-Bovey, Darrel. "The Big Read: Time to write a Ronge". Times LIVE. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  4. ^ "The 2016 Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize longlist". Sunday Times Books LIVE @ Sunday Times Books LIVE. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  5. ^ "Barry Ronge Receives a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Sunday Times". The Sunday Times. 30 June 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2016. 
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