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Margie Orford

Margie Orford is a South African crime novelist. She is also well-known as an award winning journalist, film director and author of children's fiction and non-fiction. Margie is the Executive Vice President of South African PEN, the patron of Rape Crisis and the patron of the children's book charity, The Little Hands Trust.


Born in London, she grew up in Namibia and South Africa. While at the University of Cape Town she wrote for Varsity and was detained during the State of Emergency in 1985. She wrote her final exams in prison. After traveling widely, she studied under J M Coetzee, and worked in publishing in the newly-independent Namibia. Here she became involved in training through the African Publishers Network. In 1999 she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. While in New York she worked on a groundbreaking archival retrieval project, Women Writing Africa: The Southern Volume.


Margie Orford is the author of four fiction novels published through Jonathan Ball: Like Clockwork, Blood Rose, Daddy’s Girl and, in 2011, Gallows Hill.


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An Australian television interview featuring Margie


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