Poem Analysis: In Detention – Chris Van Wyk. In Detention. by Chris Van Wyk. Analysis by Lelethu Yeki. He fell from the ninth floor. He hanged. IN DETENTION. CHRIS VAN WYK ( -) Van Wyk published a volume of poetry,. He employs In Detention (title): During the Apartheid. Era, police. Christopher van Wyk: farewell to a South African literary icon shot to fame through his widely anthologised poem In Detention, which satirised the Chris Van Wyk is survived by his wife and childhood sweetheart Kathy, and.

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Van Wyk is famous for his poem “In Detention” on the suspicious deaths that befell South African political prisoners during Apartheid. He was also an editor at Ravan Press.


Van Wyk was born in Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto. When he was a little older, his family moved to Riverleaa suburb outside of Johannesburg.

The follow-up novel, Chrid to Lay, Chickens to Hatchcontinues this theme.

He was also editor of Staffrider from to and in started the short-lived Wietie magazine with Fhazel Johennesse. Van Wyk and his wife, Kathy, had two sons. As a prolific writer, he wrote more than 20 books.

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Van Wyk died in Johannesburg on 3 October During the literary explosion among black writers that followed the Soweto uprising in van Wyk published a volume of poetry, It Is Time to Go Homethat won the Olive Schreiner Prize. In he received the Maskew Miller Longman Literature Award for black children’s literature for A Message in the Windthe story of two boys who travel in their homemade time machine to their shared tribal past of He has written books for neo-literate adults, such as The Murder of Mrs.


The Year of the Tapeworm is an adult novel and warns of government control of the media. His latest work Eggs to Lay, Chickens to Hatch details childhood memories about growing up in Riverlea and his colourful interactions with the men and women who lived the African proverb that “it takes a village to raise a child”. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved from ” https: Views Read Edit View history.

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