Diane Awerbuck

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Diane Awerbuck
Rachel Zadok (left) and Diane Awerbuck at the launch of Short Story Day Anthology for 2016 - Water.
Rachel Zadok (left) and Diane Awerbuck at the launch of Short Story Day Anthology for 2016 - Water.
Born (1974-04-01) 1 April 1974 (age 47)
Kimberley, South Africa
Pen nameFrank Owen
Notable worksGardening at Night (Won the 2004 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, best first book (Africa and the Caribbean), and was shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award)

Diane Awerbuck (born 1 April 1974) is a South African novelist. Her novel, Gardening at Night, won the 2004 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, best first book (Africa and the Caribbean), and was shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. In 2011, her collection of short stories, Cabin Fever, was published by Random House Struik.[1] Her novel, Home Remedies, was published by Random House Struik in August 2012.[2] She was shortlisted for the Caine Prize in 2014, and won the Short Story Day Africa competition the same year.[3]

She taught at Rustenburg Girls' High School until 2002.[4] Before this, she worked as a teacher of History at Cedar House; and of Narrative and Aesthetics at AFDA, the film school, both in Cape Town.[5] Her non-fiction has appeared in the Mail & Guardian.[6] She reviews fiction for the South African Sunday Times.

Her essays and short stories are published regularly and her work has been translated into German, Swedish, Mandarin and Russian.[7] Her doctorate is in trauma narratives: The Spirit and the Letter: Trauma, Warblogs and the Public Sphere.

Awerbuck also writes as "Frank Owen", with co-writer Alex Latimer. Their cowboy-apocalypse novel South was published in 2016 (southvsnorth.com). North is in production.



  • Gardening at night, Secker & Warburg, 2003, ISBN 978-0-436-20610-8
  • Home Remedies, Umuzi / Random House Struik, 2012, ISBN 978-1-4152-0144-2

Short Stories[edit]

As Editor[edit]

  • Commissioning Editor of Anthology, 'The Ghost-Easter and Other Stories', Umuzi Cape Town, 2013, E-Pub 978-1-4152-0568-6


  • Aerodrome Interview with Jennifer Malec, Jennifer Malec, (2013).[8]


Poem in Anthology, African Sun[9]
Terra Incognita : African Speculative Fiction[10]
Twenty in 20 : The Best Short Stories of South Africa's 20 Years of Democracy[11]
Ons Klyntji:OK20 The Odyssey[12]
The Gonjon Pin and Other Stories[13]
Sweet Water[14]
Mami Wata[15]
The Sea[16]
Three Poems in Anthology[17]
Atlantis and Colposcopy[18]
The Ghost-Eater and Other Stories[19]
Ons Klyntji:Bewilderbeast[20]
Interview with Jennifer Malec[21]
Duiweltjie – The Root Cellar and Other Stories[22]
Short Story for Short Story Day Africa 2013[23]
Big Issue : Collector's Edition 2[24]
Stick Man[25]
Short story in Anthology[26]
Short story in Anthology[27]
Radio Broadcast on 'Tales to Terrify', USA
Short Story[28]
Home Remedies[29]
Über(w)unden : Art in Troubled Times[30]
Short Story Day Africa Short Story excerpt
Cabin Fever[31]
Heavenly shades of nights are falling Short story on literary magazine, 'Ons Klyntji'
School photos[32]
Short story in Anthology, Elf[33]
2009 Conference : African mythology: Mami Wata The Book Lounge, Cape Town
2008 Kommst du mit?[34]
The way you look tonight[36]
Muddy Waters, Whisky Blues[37]
Der Junge, der Turen offnete[39]
En stereo i Soweto[40]
The boy who opened doors[41]
Gardening at Night[42]
The Dirty Knees of the Mother of GodShort Story, Commonwealth Writers
Everybody Hurts[43]
Gardening at Night[44]
The Portable Pilgrim Online Column, 2003 – 2008 – www.extrange.com

Magazine Contributions[edit]

  • Leadership
  • Glamour
  • House and Garden
  • Design Indaba
  • Real simple
  • O Magazine
  • Ons Klyntji


  1. ^ Randomstruik.co.za Archived 9 September 2012 at archive.today
  2. ^ Randomstruik.co.za
  3. ^ Jennifer (21 November 2014). "Diane Awerbuck's winning story from the new SSDA anthology, Terra Incognita, and a cover reveal!". Books Live. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  4. ^ Vintage-books.co.uk
  5. ^ Interview with Diane Awerbuck
  6. ^ Thoughtleader.co.za
  7. ^ Short Story Day Africa Archived 6 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Malec, Jennifer. "Aerodrome video with Diane Awerbuck". YouTube. Aerodrome. Retrieved 19 September 2014.
  9. ^ Awerbuck, Diane. Poem in Anthology.
  10. ^ Awerbuck, Diane. Terra Incognita : African Speculative Fiction.
  11. ^ Awerbuck, Diane (2014). Short Story in Anthology. Cape Town: Avusa Media / Sunday Times. ISBN 9781928216421.
  12. ^ Awerbuck, Diane (August 2014). Ons Klyntji:OK20 The Odyssey.
  13. ^ Awerbuck, Diane (2014). The Gonjon Pin and Other Stories. Phosphorescence. ISBN 978-1-78026-174-4.
  14. ^ Awerbuck and Latimer (2014). Sweet Water. Fundza.
  15. ^ Awerbuck (2014). Mami Wata.
  16. ^ Awerbuck (2013). My Name is Legion. Dark Continents. ISBN 9780692249512.
  17. ^ Awerbuck (2013). Three poems in Anthology – The Sol Plaatjie/European Union Poetry Anthology, Volume 3. Jacana. p. Atlantis and Colposcopy, Saint Francis saw the scissors, Washing Lines II. ISBN 9781431409853.
  18. ^ Awerbuck (2013). Washing Lines II.
  19. ^ Awerbuck (2013). The Ghost-Easter and Other Stories. Umuzi. ISBN 9781415205686.
  20. ^ Awerbuck (2013). Ons Klyntji:Bewilderbeast. Toast Coetzer.
  21. ^ Awerbuck. "Interview with Jennifer Malec".
  22. ^ Awerbuck (2013). Duiweltjie – The Root Cellar and Other Stories. Umuzi. ISBN 9781920532314.
  23. ^ Awerbuck, Diane. "Short Story for Short Story Day Africa" (PDF).
  24. ^ Awerbuck. "Big Issue : Collector's Edition 2". Colomn.
  25. ^ Awerbuck (2012). Stick Man. High Life.
  26. ^ Awerbuck (2012). English for Success, Grade 8. Cape Town: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199050697.
  27. ^ Awerbuck (2012). English for Success, Grade 9. Cape Town: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199048182.
  28. ^ Awerbuck (2012). Reunion. Visi.
  29. ^ Awerbuck (2012). Home Remedies. Cape Town: Umuzi Books. ISBN 9781415201442.
  30. ^ Awerbuck (2012). Uber(w)unden : Art in Troubled Times. Cape Town: Jacana. ISBN 9781431404971.
  31. ^ Awerbuck (2011). Short Story Collection. Cape Town: Umuzi Books. ISBN 9781415201114.
  32. ^ Awerbuck. "School Photos". Itch.
  33. ^ Awerbuck (2010). Der Huter. Wuppertal. ISBN 9783779502838.
  34. ^ Awerbuck (2008). Kommst du mit?. Cape Town: UCT Press. pp. 17–20.
  35. ^ Awerbuck. "Entanglement".
  36. ^ Awerbuck (2007). The way you look tonight (Mother City Queer Project ed.). Cape Town: Umuzi. p. 91. ISBN 9781415200353.
  37. ^ Awerbuck (2006). Nice Times : A book of South African Pleasures and Delights. Cape Town: Double Storey. pp. 64–65. ISBN 9781770130128.
  38. ^ Awerbuck (2006). Greenland – Design Indaba. Cape Town: Interactive Africa. p. 51.
  39. ^ Awerbuck (2005). Yizo Yizo – Der Junge der Turen offnete. Wuppertal. ISBN 377950040X.
  40. ^ Awerbuck (2005). Strumpebandssnoken. Bokforlaget Tranan, Stockholm. pp. 223–233. ISBN 9185133175.
  41. ^ Awerbuck (2005). 180 Degrees : New fiction by South African women writers. Cape Town: Oshun Books. pp. 17–24. ISBN 1770070427.
  42. ^ Awerbuck (2004). Gardening at Night. London: Vintage. ISBN 0099287358.
  43. ^ Awerbuck (2003). Laugh it Off : South African Youth Culture. Juta and Company. ISBN 9781919930442.
  44. ^ Awerbuck (2003). Gardening at Night. London: Secker and Warburg. ISBN 0436206102.

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