Wilma Stockenström is one of the most important authors writing in Afrikaans. She has published five novels, seven collections of poems, and one play. She received the Hertzog Prize for Poetry in 1977 and again in 1992. She was awarded Italy's Grinzane Cavour Prize in 1988 for The Expedition to the Baobab Tree, now published in the U.S. by Archipelago Books. Stockenström has also had a successful career as an actress on stage and in film. She lives in Cape Town.