Lutz van Dijk|
(1955 - living) Germany - Holland
Writer, gay activist
Born in Berlin, he grew up in Hamburg, (West) Germany. Lutz began as a teacher in Hamburg, later he joined the "Anne Frank House" in Amsterdam. Since 2001 he is at home in Cape Town (South Africa), where he became a founding member and Co-Director of HOKISA, a South African NGO which cares for children affected and/or infected by HIV/AIDS.
Most of his books are written in German and translated into many languages (like Afrikaans, Bulgarian, Danish, Dutch, French, Italian, Japanese, Swedish, isiXhosa and English). Lutz has received several literary awards, among them the Nambian Youth Literature Award (1997) and the German Gustav-Heinemann-Peace-Award (2001).
His book Township Bines, which won the 2001 Gustav-Heinemann Peace Prize for Children's and Youth Literature, has also been translated into German under the title Township Blues and in English under the title Stronger than the Storm.
Next to Germany and Holland, where he is on reading tours twice a year, he has given readings in schools, libraries, bookshops and with human rights groups in Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, England, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Spain and outside of Europe in countries in Western and Southern Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the USA.
His books include:
- Damned Strong Love (1995)
- Between Anger and Hope (2001)
- Stronger than the Storm (2000)