Luc Coorevits - Behoud de Begeerte
is director of Behoud de Begeerte, the Flemish Arts Centre for Literature in Antwerp. For 30 years he has organized literary evenings, events and tours, and promoted Dutch-language literature abroad. He considers the Saint Amour tours through the Netherlands and Flanders the highlight of his career. He also organized the first big Behout de Begeerte happening at the Brussels Palace of Fine Arts in 1988 and in the late 1990s. He started out in Leuven at a time when literary performance barely existed, let alone literary festivals. He'd like to keep going for another 30 years: "When we started out, the field was empty. Now, to continue the metaphor, all the fields have been planted. We must conquer new land, not rest on our laurels. We still have 30 exciting years ahead." This year the book Behoud de Begeerte, een literaire geschiedenis 1984-2014 (Behoud de Begeerte: A literary history 1984-2014) was published, whose 352 pages document Coorevits' life's work. On behalf of Behoud de Begeerte he will accept the G.H. 's-Gravensande Prize for exceptional literary merit at the festival.(WU 15 GR)
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With: Aad Meinderts, Bart Moeyaert, Bas Heijne, Calliope Tsoupaki, Cristina Branco, De Règâhs, Dimitri Verhulst, Francis Broekhuijsen, Ivo van Hove, Jan van Mersbergen, Joris Wijsmuller, Kees 't Hart, Luc Coorevits - Behoud de Begeerte, Lucky Fonz III, Maarten 't Hart, Maria Barnas, Mensje van Keulen, Piet Gerbrandy
Francis Broekhuijsen hosts the festival's concluding celebration: the Writers' Fest, a varied programme centred around Dutch literature.
Poet Maria Barnas begins the afternoon with an ode to poetry. Writer and critic Kees' t Hart introduces the programme with his views on the state of Dutch literature, a speech about the literary highlights of 2014. Writer Bart Moeyaert, artistic manager of special guests Flanders and the Netherlands at the 2016 Frankfurt Book Fair, presents his plans to promote our literature in the global context. Fado singer Cristina Branco sings songs composed specially for the occasion, based on poetry by Remco Campert and others.
The core of the programme is the presentation of the Jan Campert prizes, the City of The Hague's prestigious literary awards, with inspired lectures by admirers of the laureates. For his poetry collection Vlinderslag (Stroke of the Butterfly), Piet Gerbrandy will receive the Jan Campert Prize and a tribute by composer Calliope Tsoupaki. Jan van Mersbergen, who will receive the Ferdinand Bordewijk Prize for his novel De laatste ontsnapping (The Last Escape), will be serenaded by singer-songwriter Lucky Fonz. Bas Heijne will receive the J. Greshoff Prize for Angst en schoonheid. Louis Couperus, de mystiek der zichtbare dingen (Fear and Beauty: Louis Couperus and the mysticism of tangible things). He will be addressed by Ivo van Hove, director of the Amsterdam Theatre, which will stage the work of Couperus in 2015. Writer Dimitri Verhulst will honour Luc Coorevits, the passionate founder of the Flemish literary organization Behoud de Begeerte, which won the G.H. 's-Gravensande Prize for exceptional literary achievement. The evening's crowning glory is the Constantijn Huygens Prize for a body of work. This will be awareded to Mensje van Keulen for her novels, stories, and poems. Fellow writer and contemporary Maarten 't Hart will sing her praises, as will De Règâhs.
Presented in collaboration with the Dutch Foundation for Literature and the Jan Campert Foundation.