Theresa de Necker

Theresa de Necker completed her B.A. Law degree in 1991 at RAU. During her student years she was a keen journalist for the campus paper as well as the editor of her hostel’s magazine. In her second year she won the first prize in a writing competition with an English short story she had already written in school. After her studies she worked for a while and then travelled and worked overseas, including on a moshav in Israel as a farm worker. Back in South Africa she started her own enterprise and obtained, in 2001, her honours degree in human resource development. Over the next 22 years she would write mainly reports, subject guides and text books, but also newspaper reports, academic pieces, blogs and stories. To her, the Jakes Gerwel Foundation’s short story residency is the chance to hone her skills in storytelling and to work on the ‘finesse’ of her writing as well as the discipline to write productively. She has a passion for history, archaeology, ghost stories and cats and hopes to publish her first book soon.

The spider hunters of Paulet

Paulet is a little village at the southernmost tip of the now infamous Last continent. It forms part of the treacherous Forest Route meandering along the coast. As with its […]