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Anna Enquist

Anna Enquist - foto Bert Nienhuis
Anna Enquist - foto Bert Nienhuis

(Amsterdam, 1945) studied piano and psychology. Up until the year 2000 she worked as a psychoanalyst. In 1991 she made her debut with her collection of poems Soldatenliederen (Soldier's Songs) for which she was awarded the C. Buddingh' Prize. Her second collection, Jachtscènes (Hunting Scenes) appeared in 1992 and it earned her the Lucy B. en C.W. van der Hoogt award. Her first novel Het meesterstuk (The Masterpiece) (1994) sold 70.000 copies within two years. This novel was awarded the Debutant prize. Her second novel Het geheim (The secret) was published in January 1997 and it won the Trouw Publieksprijs (Trouw public award). In the spring of 1999 Enquists first collection of stories De kwetsuur (The injury) appeared. Her most recent publications are the novel De Sprong (The jump) (2003) and the collection of poems Tussentijd (Between time) (2004). Anna Enquist regularly publishes poems and short stories in the literary football magazine Hard Gras.

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  • Winternachten 2005

    Poem - interpreted - illustrated

    With: Anna Enquist, Jean Pierre Rawie, Joke van Leeuwen, Toef Jaeger

    What you always wanted to know but never dared to ask. Anna Enquist and Jean Pierre Rawie will teach you how to write poetry. Together with the audience each of the poets will interpret a visually expressive poem, chosen from world literature. At the same time the audience can watch on a large screen writer and illustrator Joke van Leeuwen illustrating her own vision of the poem. Enquist, Rawie and Van Leeuwen hope for a great deal of audience participation. Shortly before the start of the festival the poems will be available on this website. Visitors to the festival will have the poems sent to them beforehand. Bring along pen and paper!

    Dutch spoken

  • Winternachten 2001

    Live Anthology and Debate

    With: Anna Enquist, Ardashir Vakil, Bas Heijne, Basil Appollis, Breyten Breytenbach, Ellen Ombre, Henk van Woerden, Ian Buruma, Jan Eijkelboom, Jit Narain, Lasana M. Sekou, Michaël Zeeman, Rajeev Balasubramanyam, Vamba Sherif

    What is the most beautiful poem on diaspora? A number of Winternachten guests read their favourite poem from each other's literatures. The writers were introduced by Basil Appollis.
    Dutch writer Henk van Woerden gave the introductory lecture (in Dutch) to a debate on the theme of 'diaspora and the writer'. This debate (in English), hosted by Michaël Zeeman, appeared to be a good start for the Boekenweek, a annual event for the promotion of Dutch literature, following a few weeks later in The Netherlands.

  • Winternachten 2001 – Winternacht 2


    Being uprooted from one's family, one's culture, or one's country is what happens to thousands of people in the world today. Being uprooted in the literary sense is what Dutch writer Anna Enquist discussed with her Indian colleagues Ardashir Vakil and Rajeev Balasubramanyam. Hosted by Michaël Zeeman. (English spoken)