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Presentation of The Hague literary awards; Stian Olesen (De Vrije School The Hague) wins Young Campert-award 2020.

Vlnr Stian Olesen, Stefan Hertmans, Marente de Moor, Aad Meinderts, Gideon Samson en Paul Demets
Vlnr Stian Olesen, Stefan Hertmans, Marente de Moor, Aad Meinderts, Gideon Samson en Paul Demets

On the closing day of the 25th Winternachten International Literature Festival The Hague, Sunday 19 January 2020, Alderman Robert van Asten presented the Hague literary awards during the Schrijversfeest in Theater aan het Spui. Stefan Hertmans received the Constantijn Huygens Prize. In the Spot on Young Poets final, the Jonge Campert Prize for the best student poet went to Stian Olesen, a fourteen-year-old pupil of De Vrije School Den Haag.

Writer, poet and essayist Stefan Hertmans received the Constantijn Huygens Prize for his entire oeuvre. Paul Demets was awarded the Jan Campert Prize for his collection of poetry De Klaverknoop. Marente de Moor received the F. Bordewijk Prize for her novel Foon. Youth book writer Gideon Samson was awarded the biennial Nienke van Hichtum Prize for his book Zeb. The literary awards are presented on behalf of the municipality of The Hague by the Jan Campert-Foundation. Robert van Asten, alderman for Mobility and Culture, presented the prizes to the award-winning authors.

Stefan Hertmans was addressed by philosopher and writer Joke Hermsen, and received a musical ode from classical accordionist Oleg Lysenko. Poet Tjitske Jansen recited from her work as an ode to Paul Demets. Marente de Moor received a musical ode from composer and pianist Tijn Wybenga and trumpeter Alistair Payne. Literary NRC editor Thomas de Veen presented a laudation to Gideon Samson.

The Schrijversfeest opened with a reading by poet Jasper Albinus. Th three Spot on Young Poets finalists also recited their own poetry: Stian Olesen, De Vrije School The Hague; Andrej Racz, Edith Stein College and Amanou Jansen, Dalton The Hague; as well as Mirle Wittekoek, who won the Young Poets Award last year. The jury also awarded an honourable mention to Noemí Lorenzo, Dalton The Hague.

The Jonge Campert-prijs 2020 for best student poet was won by Stian Olesen, student of De Vrije School The Hague.
Spot on Young Poets is an educational project by Writers Unlimited, poetry teachers Diann van Faassen and Frederike Kossmann, curator and host Francis Broekhuijsen, the participating schools in The Hague and Museum Meermanno | House of the Book. Over 300 pupils took part in poetry classes at school in the autumn of 2019 and early 2020; a part of them attended poetry workshops and read their own poem during the Winternachten festival.

Spot on Young Poets participants will also receive an invitation to the poetry radio programme Het Woordenrijk on Den Haag FM, will be asked to perform during the Bevrijdingsfestival, and will print their poems with a self-made linocut in Museum Meermanno | Huis van het Boek.

The Schrijversfeest has been curated by Jet Steinz and was hosted by Noraly Beyer. It is a production organized by Writers Unlimited in collaboration with the Jan Campert-Foundation / Literature Museum.

Over one hundred and twenty writers, poets, journalists and musicians from the Netherlands and abroad came to The Hague during the jubilee edition of the Winternachten Festival for well-attended and in part sold-out performances in Theater aan het Spui, Filmhuis Den Haag, Paard, Zuiderstrandtheater, De Haagse Hogeschool, the libraries Nieuw Waldeck, Ypenburg and Schilderswijk, Theater en Filmhuis Dakota, the International Institute of Social Studies, Dalton Den Haag, Edith Stein College and Museum Meermanno | House of the Book.

The 26th edition of the Winternachten festival will take place from Wednesday 13 to Sunday 17 January 2021. In the coming months the Writers Unlimited-meetings will take place in the Central Library of The Hague, among other places, featuring conversations on literature, art, science and society with authors from the Netherlands and abroad.

The next Writers Unlimited-evening is Schrijversdiner with the Turkish author Barbaros Altug in Vadercentrum Adam, Friday 24 January 2020, 17:30-20:00, Jonckbloetplein 24 The Hague, free entrance including three-course dinner, reservation required, see

Writers Unlimited
The Writers Unlimited Foundation brings together writers, poets, thinkers and scientists from all over the world to discuss literature, art, science and society. Annually in January at the Winternachten International Literature Festival The Hague, monthly at the Central Library in The Hague, among other places. The activities are made possible by contributions from the Municipality of The Hague, Dutch Foundation for Literature, VSB Fund, Eye Opener Culture Fund, Dioraphte, Lira Fund, Fund 1818 and many volunteers.

Posted on: Sunday 19 January 2020