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Maarten 't Hart

Maarten 't Hart - foto Tessa Posthuma de Boer
Maarten 't Hart - foto Tessa Posthuma de Boer

(Maassluis, NL, 1944) is a behavioral biologist and writer. In 1978 he had his breakthrough with Een vlucht regenwulpen (A Flight of Rain Curlews) about the narrow-minded Dutch Reform envionment in which he was raised, and on which he turned his back in his student days. He debuted in 1971 with Stenen voor een ransuil (Stones for a Horned Owl), written under the pen name Martin Hart. In the meantime he has published more than 40 books. His work is peppered with autobiographical elements from his youth, his experiences as a biologist, and his love of classical music. 't Hart regularly wields his poison pen in opposition things such as like the feminist movement, monotheism, and literary critics. In 1991 he created a stir by appearing at the Boekenbal (Book Ball, the opening event of the annual Dutch Book Week) in women's clothing. In 2004 and 2006 he filled out the candidate list for the Partij voor de Dieren (Animal Party). Besides novels, 't Hart also writes essays, including about classical music. His books have been translated into German, English, Polish, Serbian, and Swedish.

(GR WU 15)

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  • Winternachten 2015

    The Writers' Fest

    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.