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Chris van Wyk was born at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Soweto, Johannesburg in 1957 and grew up in Newclare, before moving to Riverlea, a poor suburb about 8km west of the Johannesburg, surrounded by dusty mine dumps. At the time, Riverlea, Johannesburg, Transvaal (now Gauteng), was designated as a Coloured township under the Group Areas Act. The eldest of six children, he was fascinated by literature from a very young age. van Wyk rose to fame in the 1970s for his writing.
He worked as an editor at the literary magazine Staffrider, as well as at Ravan Press, the publisher of dissident voices opposed to apartheid. In 1979, he published one of the most-quoted anti-apartheid poems, “In Detention”, which appeared in the collection It is Time to Go Home under the Ad Donker imprint, and for which van Wyk received the Olive Schreiner Prize.
Here he is speaking at the Johannesburg launch of Eggs to Lay, Chickens to Hatch.