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Annelies Verbeke

Annelies Verbeke - foto Alex Salinas
Annelies Verbeke - foto Alex Salinas

(Belgium, 1976) writes novels, film scripts and plays. Her debut novel Slaap! / SLEEP! was published in 2003. Later followed three novels (Reus / GIANT, Vissen redden / SAVING FISH, Dertig dagen / THIRTY DAYS), three collections of short stories (Groener gras / GREENER GRASS, Veronderstellingen / ASSUMPTIONS and Halleluja /HALLELUJAH), a collection of journalistic stories (AWAKE, together with photographer Charlie De Keersmaecker) and the 'graphic novella' TIROL INFERNO, written in iambic pentameters and rhyme, made together with illustrator Klaas Verplancke. Her work is translated to 24 languages and won a couple of prizes, like the Flemish Debut Prize for SLEEP!, the F.Bordewijk prize, Opzij Literatuurprijs and NRC Handelsblad Lezersprijs for THIRTY DAYS and the Cutting Edge Awards and J.M.A. Biesheuvelprijs for HALLELUJAH. Thirty days and Hallelujay were also on the shortlist of the ECI Literature Prize, the biggest literature prize in The Netherlands and Flanders.
She also wrote several theatre plays and film scenarios. She worked together with different theatre companies, but most of all with the Rotterdam based company Wunderbaum. As a great lover of short stories, she contributed to short story festivals around Europe, wrote monthly pieces on 'The short story collection of the month' in a Flemish newspaper and on the website of the Dutch Royal Library, and together with Dutch author Sanneke van Hassel she put together the international anthology NAAR DE STAD (TO THE CITY).
Verbeke was a board member of PEN Belgium (Dutch speaking) and worked for the international literary magazine TERRAS. She was the Free Writer (writer in residence) of the Free University in Amsterdam (VU) in 2018-19 and since 2017 is a board member of the Royal Academy of Dutch Language and Literature (KANTL). She lives in Ghent, Belgium.


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  • Rodaan al Galidi, Annelies Verbeke en Pierre Jarawan

    Rodaan al Galidi, Annelies Verbeke en Pierre Jarawan

    With: Annelies Verbeke, Fiep van Bodegom, Pierre Jarawan, Rodaan Al Galidi

    Three countries, three authors, three novels about immigrants finding their way in a new country. Rodaan Al Galidi is a poet and writer. Born in Iraq and trained as a civil engineer, he has lived in the Netherlands since 1998. His new book Two Blankets, Three Sheets is an inspiring tale of survival, a close-up view of the hidden world of refugees and human smugglers, and a sobering reflection of our times. Annelies Verbeke is a Belgian writer of award winning novels, short stories and plays. Her novel Thirty Days about Alphonse, a Senegales immigrant, is a deeply moving story about love, outsiders and the human need to connect. Pierre Jarawan moved to Germany with his family at the age of three. Inspired by his father's imaginative bedtime stories, he started writing at the age of thirteen. His first novel about Samir's quest for his missing father, The Storyteller, became an international bestseller. Host: Fiep van Bodegom.

    Program in cooperation with World Editions.
    Books for sale courtesy of De Vries Van Stockum Books

  • Winternachten 2016

    Writers' Fest

    With: Aad Meinderts, Adriaan van Dis, Anna Woltz, Annelies Verbeke, Dick van der Harst, Edward van de Vendel, Femke Halsema, Francis Broekhuijsen, Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer, Job Cohen, Joris Wijsmuller, Lamin Kuyateh, Michael Krüger, Rodaan Al Galidi, Typhoon

    A festive event built around the presentation of the Jan Campert Prizes, the literary awards of the City of The Hague. In collaboration with the Jan Campert Foundation and the Dutch Foundation for Literature, Dutch literature is celebrated with various performances by writers, poets, and representatives of other disciplines (who honour the winners). The event is intended, in part, to highlight the state of Dutch literature. The afternoon culminates in the presentation of the Constantijn Huygens Prize for a whole body of work, which this year is awarded to Adriaan van Dis, beloved author and a great friend of the festival since day one. In Dutch