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Gertrud Irene (Klipp) Strauss PDF Print E-mail

Gertrud Irene (Klipp) Strauss was born on 26th October, 1936 and grew up in the farming area of the Natal midlands. Her parents were both of German origin, descended from Lutheran missionaries and farmers who settled in Natal during the mid-1800s. She went to school in Harburg and Hermannsburg, studied at the University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg (MA thesis on Wolfgang Borchert’s short stories) and taught in the English Department of the University of South Africa. A brief study period followed in Cambridge in 1963 after her marriage to Peter Strauss. He took up a lecturing post in Durban in 1964 and she began writing in 1974 when the youngest (of three) children went to nursery school. Since 1992 she has also been involved in publishing.


Books by Gertrud Strauss:


Three Women out of Love (2013)

Read our review of the novel

A Putzig Sense of Proportion (2010)

Chapters of Childhood (2006)

The Blood Spot and Other Stories (1999)


Books for Children:

Ducks in the Drought (tr. as Amadada Nesomiso)

Busisiwe goes to the Graduation Party

(tr. as Ubusisiwe uya emcimbini wokwethweswa kweziqu

Vusi the Stone Collector (tr. as UVusi Umqoqi Wamatshe)

Nandipha discovers Marie Curie


Publications in Journals:

Short Story: ‘Circus Style’

Reality March 1975

Short Story: ‘Digs’

Reality January 1976

Short Story: ‘Anyway, no white man here would think like this’

Reality March 1977

Short Story:  ‘Tramping on each other’

Reality May 1978

Short Story:  ‘Farm Day – Farm Night’

Contrast 49 Winter 1980

Short Story: ‘Widows’ Talk’

Staffrider Vol 1 No 1 March 1978

Monologue: ‘Good Man on Mondays’

Frontline June 1983

Poem: ‘Fallacious would-be Motor Racer’

Anacrisis 1 Dec 1985

Poem: ‘Trust her to Write’

Writers’ Ring Magazine Dec 1985

Short Story: ‘Freedom Concert’

Contrast Vol 15 No 4, 25th Anniversary Edition Dec 1985 or ‘86

Short Story: ‘Picking up the Pieces’

Green Dragon -- poetry and prose – number 3

Dye Hard Press - Editor Gary Cummiskey

Poem: ‘Mother and Daughter Crossing the Yard’

Agenda No 38, 1998

Poem: ‘Oh Miriam, oh Miriam’

WOSA 2000

Short Story: ‘Old-Age Place’

New Contrast 114, 2000 or 2001

Poem: ‘Psalm 23’

Junge Kirche 4/01  and in Rhein Weiber 9, Nov 2002

Poem: ‘Psalm 23 – in Words of Women’ transl. of German original

WOSA Newsletter 2002

Short Story: ‘Of German & English Neighbours & Cows & Buckshot’

The Short Story Review of Southern Africa Vol 2 Number 1 2003

Edited by MG Andrew

Short Story: ‘Squashed Gecko’

Botsotso No 12


Publications in Anthologies

Short Story:  ‘Farm Day – Farm Night’

New Stories 6 (Hutchinsons with the Arts Council of GB & PEN 1981)

Short Story: ‘Widows’ Talk’

Under the Southern Cross (Ad Donker Ed: Adey 1982)

Monologue: ‘Privileged Choices’

LIP from Southern African Women (Ravan Press 1983)

Poem: ‘Mothers’

Breaking the Silence – A Century of South African Women’s Poetry

Edited by Cecily Lockett  AD Donker Publisher 1990

Poem: ‘3.5 Years After’

ADA 1994