Portrait of Eben Venter

Eben Venter

Eben Venter is a novelist and short-story writer, originally from South Africa and now based in Lismore, New South Wales.

Raised on a sheep farm in Eastern Cape, he migrated to Australia in 1986 when a State of Emergency was declared. Venter has published two collections of short stories, an anthology of his newspaper columns titled Brouhaha and seven novels.  His 2015 novel, Wolf, wolf, was published to critical acclaim in South Africa and the UK. It was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Literary Award and won the KykNet-Rapport prize in South Africa.  His new novel, Trencherman, is a re-telling of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, set in a future South Africa.Venter has taught Creative Writing at the UAM in Poznan, Poland, and at Rhodes University, South Africa.