Chris van Wyk

Chris van Wyk was a much-loved South African poet and writer who was born in Soweto in 1957 and passed away on 3 October 2014.

In 2009 Van Wyk abridged Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, to create a picture book (illustrated by Paddy Bouma) for young children. His second childhood memoir, Eggs to Lay, Chickens to Hatch: A Memoir was published by Picador Africa in 2010.

Chris was always at pains to express the humour and also the sadness of life through his stories and was determined from an early age to become a writer. His dedication to his craft and his activism continued from his early days at SACHED, as the editor of the Ravan Press literary journal Staffrider and as a full-time writer all the while continuing to publish his works and speak to readers around the country. We will miss Chris’ laughter, warmth and wit.