Dianne Stewart (born March 4, 1952) is a South African author who has published over 40 books for adults and for children. She writes in English, and her books have been translated both into African languages, including Xhosa,Zulu,Sotho, and Afrikaans, and European languages, including French, Spanish, and Swedish.
Stewart’s African folklore books include Daughter of the Moonlight and Other African Tales (1997), The Zebra’s Stripes and Other African Animal Tales (2004), African Myths and Legends (2014), Folktales From Africa (2015), and The Guineafowl’s Spots and Other African Bird Tales (2018). She has also published a book of African proverbs entitled Wisdom from Africa (2013), a book dedicated to Anthony Davey, her isiXhosa professor at Rhodes University. These folklore publications have made Stewart a “household name” in the publishing of African folktales for English-speaking South African audiences.
Stewart’s book The Gift of the Sun: A Tale from South Africa (1996), with illustrations by Jude Daly, won the Smithsonian Notable Books for Children award in 1996.
Stewart graduated from Rhodes University in 1973 with degrees in Psychology and isiXhosa, and she later taught isiXhosa; Stewart’s mother is a fluent Xhosa speaker. For her M.A. degree in African Languages at the University of Natal, Stewart studied the Zulu and Xhosa work-songs of rural woman on sugar-cane farms on the KwaZulu-Natal coast. Stewart also has an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town.
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- Stewart, Dianne (2019). The Gift of the Sun: A Tale from South Africa[Isipho selanga: ibali laseMzantsi Afrika] (in Xhosa). Translated by Guzula, Xolisa.
- Stewart, Dianne (1991). The Mealie-cob Children[Abantwana bezikhwebu zommbila] (in Zulu). Translated by Msimang, C.T.
- Stewart, Dianne (1995). The Cry of the Guinea-fowl[Sello sa kgaka] (in Southern Sotho). Translated by Mohapi, T.W.D.
- Stewart, Dianne (1994). The Dove[Die duif] (in afr). Translated by Kotze, Suzette.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
- Stewart, Dianne (1996). The Gift of the Sun: A Tale from South Africa[Les graines du soleil: un conte d’Afrique du Sud] (in French). Translated by Lager, Claude.
- Stewart, Dianne (1996). The Gift of the Sun: A Tale from South Africa[El regalo del sol: un cuento de Sudáfrica] (in Spanish). Translated by Uribe, Verónica.
- Stewart, Dianne (2020). The Gift of the Sun: A Tale from South Africa[Solens gåvor] (in Swedish). Translated by Forsén, Ulla.
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- Puku Children’s Literature Foundation: Jude Daly
- Heale, Jay (2004). “Dianne Stewart: Writer with a Sense of Purpose”. In Lehman, Barbara (ed.). Creating Books for the Young in the New South Africa: Essays on Authors and Illustrators of Children’s and Young Adult Literature. pp. 226–233.
- Daymond, M.J., ed. (2003). Women Writing Africa: The Southern Region. pp. 463–467, 534.
- University of Cape Town Centre for Extra-Mural Studies: Summer School 2021
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