MARIÉ HEESE taught English and Drama at various schools and universities, ending up at Unisa, where she worked on the development of distance learning materials. Since taking early retirement, Marié has free-lanced as an educational consultant and workshop presenter. She is especially well known as the author of Die uurwerk kantel, an adult novel, which was first published in 1976 and republished as a classic in 2006. This novel has been adapted for the radio and for the stage, and was voted one of the best books of the 20th century by library readers in the Western Cape. Some of her other published titles: Die Pikkewouters van Amper-Stamperland, The Box Kite Summer, Haiku for Africa. She is married to Chris Heese. They currently live in Stilbaai and the Little Karoo.