Gieljan Brand van Niekerk



Do you have a nickname?

 My friends call me Brand or fires and well my girlfriend calls me hot stuff lol

Where do you live

 Pretoria South Africa

Where did you grow up and how did it influence your writing. 

 I grew up in Brakpan and my love for poetry started in standard 2 (grade4) where

I started taking part in poetry recital.

When did you first begin writing?

 I wrote the odd poem in high school however in 2012 after my wife’s death

I wrote more and more.

What is your latest work and what is it about?

 My latest book is “a POETS DIARY””PAINTED WITH WORDS” and it’s about

How a person inspired me at that very moment in time

Do you have any other published books and what are they?

 No not at this time

What do your readers mean to you?

 They mean a lot to me as I hope to make them smile with at least one poem I painted with my words.

What are you working on next?

 That my readers will just have to wait and see and hopefully not wait too long for.

How do you spend your time when not writing?

 I enjoy spending time with my daughter... Loved ones and family

Can you remember the first story/poem that you read and what effect did it have on you?

 I was in standard 4 (grade 6) the poem was

“The Lion ~ Roald Dahl”

I won my first poetry recital with that poem

Do you remember the first story/poem you ever wrote?

 It was called “FRIENDS” I wrote it to my high school sweetheart when she broke up with me after finishing Matric.

Where do you get your inspiration from

 From our Heavenly Father from Nature from people and how they make me feel and inspire me


If you could speak directly to your readers what would you like to say to them?

 I would like to say thank you for your support and I hope that if at least one poem made you smile or inspired you to a moment of joy, then I am blessed for being part of your moment of happiness


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