Hein Willemse is Professor of Literature, Department of Afrikaans, University of Pretoria.

During the 1980s and 1990s he was a stringer for South and Vrye Weekblad. He contributed to New Era and Mayibuye and served on the editorial committees of Ons Leer Mekaar and Die Suid-Afrikaan.

Profesor Willemse is currently the editor-in-chief of Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, the longest surviving African literary journal (established in 1936) and has published widely on Afrikaans literature and Afrikaans oral narrative studies.

His books include the award-winning More Than Brothers — Peter Clarke and James Matthews at 70 (Kwela, 2000) and Aan Die Ander Kant — Swart skrywers in die Afrikaanse letterkunde (Protea, 2007).