Jan Paul Schutten
(Vlissingen, NL 1970) writes children's books about a wide range of subjects, from natural phenomena to history. In 1998 his first book was published, De Bralmanak, for and about students. In 2003 he made his debut as a writer of children's books with Ruik eens wat ik zeg, de taal van dieren en planten (Smell what I'm saying, the language of animals and plants). It won him a prize for children's books instantly. After that he has published one or more books every year. Such as Het NOS Journaal (The six o'clock news), in which he describes how a news programme is made. In 2008 he received a prestigious prize for children's books with Kinderen van Amsterdam (Children from Amsterdam), a co-production with illustrator Paul Teng. In 2009 he wrote the special book for the children's book week, De wraak van het spruitje (The revenge of the sprout). In 2013 he published as many as five books, among others Jij bent je brein (You are your brain), together with Dick Swaab. At the festival he will be awarded the Nienke van Hichtum Prize for Het raadsel van alles wat leeft (The riddle of everything alive).
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With: Aad Meinderts, Alfred Schaffer, Antjie Krog, Bettine Vriesekoop, Elsbeth Etty, Francis Broekhuijsen, Geert Mak, Huub van der Lubbe, Jaap Goedegebuure, Jan Paul Schutten, Marjolein de Jong, Micha Hamel, Oek de Jong, Ronald Snijders, Tijs Goldschmidt, Tiziano Perez, Tom Lanoye
The Writers' Fest is the festive conclusion of the festival with a programme full of writers and other guests. The line-up consists of among others the Dutch poet Alfred Schaffer, Geert Mak, the South African poet Antjie Krog, Tom Lanoye, literary critic Elsbeth Etty, flute player Ronald Snijders and singer/poet Huub van der Lubbe.
The Writers' Fest includes the award winning ceremony of the Jan Campert Prizes, the literary prizes of the City of The Hague, with the presentation of the Constantijn Huygens Oeuvre Prize. The winner is Tom Lanoye. The South African writer Antjie Krog will do a eulogy on him and we'll hear Lanoye's words of thanks.
The F. Bordewijk Prize goes to Pier en Oceaan (Jetty and Ocean) by Oek de Jong. The novel will be praised by Jaap Goedegebuure. Composer and poet Micha Hamel is recipient of the Jan Campert Prize for his book of poetry Bewegend doel (Moving Target). Bettine Vriesekoop will recommend the book to us. The Nynke van Hichtum Prize for children's literature goes to Het raadsel van alles wat leeft (The Riddle of Everything Alive) by Jan Paul Schutten. Writer and biologist Tijs Goldschmidt will sing the praise of that book.
A programme in co-operation with the Dutch Foundation for Literature and the Jan Campert Foundation. The earlier announced performance of Anne Vegter has been cancelled for health reasons.