Irna van Zyl
Irna van Zyl has had an illustrious 30-year career in media. She was an executive director at New Media Publishing, which she co-founded and which publishes Woolworths Taste, Visi, Golf Digest, Finweek and Eat Out, among other publications. In 1985 she was appointed as chief sub-editor at Die Burger, the first woman to occupy the position, and she has worked as editor for Afrikaans magazines De Kat and Insig. She made her writing debut in 1995 with a collection of short stories, Grootmensspeletjies. Dead in the Water is her first novel.