The Hague's literary awards handed out during Winternachten festival. Young Campert Prize goes to Dalton Den Haag student Mirle Wittekoek.
During the closing day of the 24th Winternachten international literature festival The Hague, Sunday 20 January 2019, the Mayor of the City of The Hague Pauline Krikke handed over the Constantijn Huygens Prize to Nelleke Noordervliet. The Young Campert Prize for best student-poet went to sixteen-year-old Mirle Wittekoek, pupil of Dalton Den Haag.
The Jan Campert Prizes, the literary awards of the City of The Hague, were handed out this afternoon at Theater aan het Spui in The Hague by the Mayor of the City of The Hague Pauline Krikke to Nelleke Noordervliet and by Robert van Asten, Elderman of the City of The Hague for Mobility, Culture and Strategy to the other winners of the Jan Campert Prizes Jan van Aken, Annemarie Estor and Marja Pruis.
Jan van Aken won the F. Bordewijk Prize for his novel De ommegang, Annemarie Estor was given the Jan Campert Prize for her poetry collection Niemandslandnacht and Marja Pruis won the J. Greshoff Prize for her essays collection Genoeg nu over mij. Nelleke Noordervliet received the Constantijn Huygens Prize for her body of work.
During 'Spot on Young Poets', included in the Winternachten festival's evening programmes on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 January 2019, students of Dalton Den Haag, De Vrije School Den Haag, Edith Stein College, Christelijk College de Populier and ISW Hoogeland Naaldwijk read their own poems: the result of poetry workshops and poetry lessons that were given to over 300 students by Diann van Faassen and Harry Zevenbergen of the Hague Poets Guild. Spot on Young Poets is an educational project of Writers Unlimited and The Hague Poets Guild in collaboration with Museum Meermanno | House of the Book.
Three finalists of Spot on Young Poets - Mirle Wittekoek (16 years, Dalton Den Haag), Julia Keukens (16 years, De Vrije School Den Haag) and Noemí Lorenzo (15 years, Dalton Den Haag) - read their poems during the Schrijversfeest, along with Sumai Yahya, Young Campert Prize winner 2018. Mirle Wittekoek was selected as new Young Campert Prize winner 2019 by the audience. She writes about herself: "I do live more in the world in my head as in the world around me. If you look for me, I am outside, with animals, at a concert, with a friend, or sketching or writing. My heart is larger then my brain, and I love poetry."
The Schrijversfeest was opened by young poet Maxime Garcia Diaz who recited from her work. Singer Jenny Arean (accompanied on piano by Peter van der Zwaag), singer Mathilde Santing (accompanied by Bastiaan Mulder and Guus Bakker), memory psychologist and writer Douwe Draaisma, jazz pianist and composer Maartje Meijer and photographer and writer Hans Aarsman performed in honour of the winners of the Jan Campert Prizes.
The Schrijversfeest, hosted by Hassnae Bouazza, is organised by Writers Unlimited in collaboration with the Jan Campert Foundation / Literature Museum.
Over hundred writers, poets, journalists and musicians from The Netherlands and abroad came to The Hague during Winternachten festival 2019 for well attended performances in Theater aan het Spui, Filmhuis Den Haag, Paard, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, the public libraries Nieuw Waldeck and Schilderswijk, Theater Dakota, the International Institute of Social Studies, Dalton Den Haag, Edith Stein College and Museum Meermanno | House of the Book. The 25th Winternachten festival edition will take place from Thursday 16 until Sunday 19 January 2020.
The Writers Unlimited Foundation brings together writers, poets, thinkers and academics from around the globe to speak about literature, arts, science and society. Every year in January, the Foundation organises the Winternachten international literature festival The Hague. From August till June, the Foundation organises, in collaboration with Bibliotheek Den Haag, the biweekly event B-Unlimited in the Central Public Library in The Hague. These activities would not be possible without contributions from the City of The Hague, the Nederlands Letteren Fonds, Fonds 1818 and other private funds, sponsors, donors and many volunteers.