van Wyk, Chris

About Chris van Wyk

Biography (South African History Online)

“Van Wyk, the Storyteller of Riverlea.” Stage Adaptation of van Wyks Life, directed by Christo Davids, The Theatre Times, 2019

“Prof Chris van Wyk: Huldeblyk: 12/3/1943 - 7/8/2017.” South African Pharmaceutical Journal, 2017

Morris, Terry. “Chris van Wyk (1957-2014).” Tydskrif Vir Letterkunde, 2015

Obituary (The Guardian)

Obituary (Daily Maverick)

Obituary (The Journalist)



Heale, Jay. “Chris van Wyk: A Man Intent on Sharing Africa with Africa’s Children.” Creating Books for the Young in the New South Africa: Essays on Authors and Illustrators of Children’s and Young Adult Literature, Lehman et al. (eds.), 2014



Medalie, David. “Remembering Life under Apartheid with Fondness: The Memoirs of Jacob Dlamini and Chris van Wyk.” English in Africa, vol. 43, no. 3, Dec. 2016

Moslund, Sten. “Chris Van Wyk’s The Year of the Tapeworm: Beyond the Realism of Struggle in South Africa.” Journal of Cultural Studies, vol. 3, no. 2, 2001



Autobiography/Life Writing

Eggs to Lay, Chickens to Hatch: A Memoir (2010)

Shirley, Goodness and Mercy: A Childhood Memoir (2005)



With Anneliese Voigt-Peters, Ouma Ruby’s Secret (2010)

The Year of the Tapeworm (1996)

Maria (1966)



Children’s and Young Adults’ Books

Long Walk to Freedom (2009)

Peppy ‘n Them (1991)

Petroleum and the Orphaned Ostrich (1988)

A Message in the Wind (1982)


Poetry Collections

It Is Time to Go Home (1979)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

We Write What We Like: Celebrating Steve Biko (2007)

“Writing about the Neighbours: English Academy Percy Baneshik Memorial Lecture.” English Academy Review, vol. 23, 2006

Helen Joseph (2003)

Now Listen Here: The Life and Time of Bill Jardine (2003)

My Cousin Thabo (1995)

Oliver Tambo (1994)


Audio and Audiovisual Material

Chris van Wyk Reads his Poem "My Mother’s Laughter". YouTube, 2007