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Alma Mathijsen

Alma Mathijsen - foto Stephan Vanfleteren
Alma Mathijsen - foto Stephan Vanfleteren

(Amsterdam, NL, 1984) is a journalist, writer, and presenter. In 2014 her biographically-tinged novel De grote goede dingen (Big Good Things) was published, about the daughter of an anarchist musician who travels to Israel with her father's best friend to find out who her late father was. For this book, Mathijsen reached out into her father's old social circle; in the 1960s, Hub. Mathijsen performed with bands such as Insektensekte and Eksooties Kietsj Konservaatooriejum. In 2006 Mathjsen debuted with Binnen spelen (Playing Inside), in which her namesake character Alma has sexual encounters with famous people such as former Dutch prime minister Balkenende and Bert from Sesame Street. The stories are reminiscent of Tjeempie or LIesje in Luitterland by her great teacher Remco Campert. Alles is Carmen (Everything is Carmen) followed in 2011, about a girl who has no purpose in life until she falls in love. Mathijsen studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. She was a columnist for Skunk magazine and Het Parool newspaper and she hosted the VPRO programme Villa Live. She writes for since 2008.

(WU 15 GR)

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  • Winternachten 2015 – FRIDAY NIGHT UNLIMITED

    Ode to Remco's Coat

    The spotlight shines on the poetry of Remco Campert in this festive programme. Portuguese fado singer Cristina Branco set Campert's Ode aan mijn jas (Ode to My Coat) to music especially for this event. She is accompanied by João Paulo. Mustafa Stitou, Hanneke van Eijken, and three poets nominated for the VSB Poetry Prize—Hester Knibbe, Alfred Schaffer, and Peter Verhelst—each dedicate a poem to Remco or write a poem inspired by his poetry. The Blue Moon choir concludes the programme with a song about a passage from Het leven is verrukkulluk (Life is Delightful). Hosted by Alma Mathijsen. A collaboration with Poetry International and the VSB Poetry Prize. In Dutch.