Elana Bregin, recipient of the FNB Vita/English Academy Percy Fitzpatrick Prize for youth literature in 2000, was interviewed by Siphokazi Koyana and Rosemary Gray (University of Pretoria) in December 2001. This multi-talented author, freelance writer, editor and lecturer was born in Johannesburg in 1*954. She completed her BA at the University of the Witwatersrand and her MA in English at the University of Natal in Durban, where she currently resides. Her dissertation topic, ‘Representations of the Bushmen [San]’ reveals her deep-seated and lasting concern for the plight of the people in the country of her birth, a concern which is consistently m anifest in her novels to date (The KayaBoeties , The Red-haired Khumalo , The Boy from the Other Side , The Slayer of Shadows ), as well as in her stories for younger age-groups (The Magical Bicycle, A School for Amos, and ‘Now We Are Free’ — the latter published by Bloomsbury in a prestigious anthology entitled Dare to be Different (1999) commissioned by Amnesty International).
Koyana, Siphokazi, An Interview with Elana Bregin, Kunapipi, 24(1), 2002.