‘Van Wyk The Storyteller of Riverlea’ explores renowned South African author Chris van Wyk’s influences as a poet, political activist, and writer. It also looks at his family life, and battle with cancer. It pays homage to his humour, political values and storytelling abilities, all of which touched the lives of everyone who read his works.
Van Wyk grew up in the Johannesburg coloured suburb of Riverlea, a community he brought to life in ‘Shirley, Goodness and Mercy’ (2004) and, ‘Eggs to Lay, Chickens to Hatch’ (2010). He adapted Nelson Mandela’s ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ into a book for young readers and wrote a series of short biographies of liberation struggle figures for school children. His memoirs pay tribute to the strong and resourceful women in his family and community, particularly his mother and grandmother.