Karoo Space Man Wins Top Writing Award

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Chris Marais, co-owner at the Karoo Space photo-journalism agency, has been named Writer of the Year at the 2014 Caxton Magazine Awards.

The prestigious South African award was made in recognition of his Karoo-based features published during 2013 in South African Country Life Magazine, a leading Caxton lifestyle monthly.

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Chris Marais

Chris Marais and Julienne du Toit promote, celebrate and defend South Africa’s semi-desert heartland through their internationally recognised website – www.karoospace.co.za – and their Karoo Keepsakes series of printed books.

They freelance for SA Country Life, and expose the readers of this very popular magazine to the people, lifestyles and cultures of the Karoo. They also provide the publication with updates from the anti-fracking front.

“When we travel across the Karoo on the hunt for stories, we wear three hats,” says Marais. “First, the Karoo Space hat, then the Country Life hat and also the Karoo Keepsakes hat. We tell the story of the Karoo – in whichever way it presents itself. Mainly, however, we favour the good stuff, the success stories out there.”

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Julienne du Toit

The award comes a month before their three shows (sold out) at the Franschhoek Literary Festival – and their mid-year launch of some very special items by the Karoo Space E-Books Division.

“This is the year everyone will finally come to see the Karoo for what it is: South Africa’s finest tourism asset – and a national treasure that must be preserved and defended at all costs,” says a rather biased Chris Marais. But what’s wrong with a hearty dollop of passion, then?

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Karoo Keepsakes I and II

3 thoughts on “Karoo Space Man Wins Top Writing Award

  1. Catherine Knox says:

    This is SO exciting and so completely well deserved. I can’t think of any better writer to win the award. We are all so proud of you! Your dedication, commitment and ethical approach to your work as writers is awesome. And now you are reaping the recognition. xx

  2. Christina says:

    Hi Chris – a belated congratulations. You remain one of the best writers I have ever read. Hope you are both very well.

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