(1962) is a writer, literary journalist, publisher and, since 2023, director of Writers Unlimited. Her autobiographical debut The Baby Void My Quest for Motherhood (2005) was an international success and has been translated in more than 20 countries. De vrouw die zegt dat ze mijn moeder is (The Woman Who Claims She's My Mother, 2010) recounts adoption in a family history set against the backdrop of World War II. Uyterlinde worked as editor and publisher for several literary publishers, including De Bezige Bij and J.M. Meulenhoff. Since 2017 she has been publisher/director at World Editions, specializing in English-language translated literature from around the world. For the Amsterdam Public Library, she runs the Literary Salon, and for Women Inc., the literature series Read My Lips. She coordinated the Guest of Honour program presenting Dutch and Flemish literature at the 2016 Frankfurt Book Fair. Between 2005 and 2012, she was also associated with Writers Unlimited, first as a producer and later as the festival's event coordinator.(WU2024)
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With: Aad Meinderts, Alma Mathijsen, Anjet Daanje, Benjamin Herman, Blue Moon, Corrie van Binsbergen, Ellen ten Damme, Judith Uyterlinde, Kees van Kooten, Mirjam van Hengel, Ramsey Nasr, Ronelda S. Kamfer, Rozalie Hirs, Saskia Bruines, Tjibbe Veldkamp, Tomas Lieske
To grandly celebrate the life and work of Remco Campert, an ode to him will take place on the final day of the 2024 Writers Unlimited International Literature Festival The Hague, preceding the award ceremony of The Hague Literature Prizes. The event will be organized by Writers Unlimited and the Literatuurmuseum, in collaboration with the Jan Campert Foundation, de Volkskrant and De Bezige Bij.
Ode to Remco Campert
Campert will be honoured with appearances by prominent writers and artists such as Ellen ten Damme, Kees van Kooten, Ramsey Nasr, Alma Mathijsen, South African poet Ronelda S. Kamfer, guitarist Corrie van Binsbergen and jazz musician Benjamin Herman, who all let themselves be inspired by the person and work of Campert for their musical or verbal contributions.
Remco Campert (1929-2022) was born in The Hague. He was a much-loved poet, novelist and columnist. His poetry won awards such as the Reina Prinsen Geerligs Prize, the Poetry Prize of the City of Amsterdam, the Jan Campert Prize, the P.C. Hooft Price and the Gouden Ganzenveer. In 2015 he was honoured with the Dutch Literature Prize.
Besides poetry, Campert wrote several novels, stories and novellas from the 1960s on, such as 2004's Een liefde in Parijs (A Love in Paris), which became revered classics. From 1989 until 1995, together with Jan Mulder and Bart Chabot, he read from his own work in theatres. From 1996 to 2006, together with Mulder, he wrote the joint column CaMu that appeared on the front page of the Volkskrant daily newspaper. His last works were 2019's Aanelkaar (To Each Other), an exchange of letters with Kees van Kooten, and the poetry collection Mijn dood en ik (My death and I, 2019), in which he lucidly looks death in the eye.
The Hague Literature Prizes Award Ceremony
The festival ends with The Hague Literature Prizes, which are awarded annually by the Literatuurmuseum. The winners - Anjet Daanje, Tomas Lieske, Rozalie Hirs en Tjibbe Veldkamp - receive their prizes from Saskia Bruines, alderwoman of Finance, Culture and Economy of The Hague. Each winner will be honoured with a laudatio by a special guest.
Anjet Daanje receives the Constantijn Huygens Prize, The Hague's most important award for a body of work. Tomas Lieske is awarded the F. Bordewijk Prize for his novel Niets dat hier hemelt. Rozalie Hirs receives the Jan Campert Prize for her collection of poetry ecologica. The biennial Nienke van Hichtum Prize for children's books goes to Tjibbe Veldkamp for his De jongen die van de wereld hield.
Judith Uyterlinde, director of Writers Unlimited, and Aad Meinderts, director of the Literatuurmuseum, will deliver welcoming words.
Bookstore De Vries van Stockum will be present in the foyer with a stand where books by the authors participating in this event and others will be available -- along with the opportunity to have them signed!
Ode to Remco Campert & The Hague Literary Prizes Ceremony was curated by Jet Steinz on behalf of Het Literatuurmuseum and Writers Unlimited. Mirjam van Hengel hosts the event.
Freedom to speak or write is super important but impossible for many. The festival opens with "human voices" (the theme of this edition) from The Netherlands and beyond: a unique lineup of famous writers speaking out. This is one of those evenings of inspiration, creative thoughts and apt words that make a deep impression. Meet the authors who make their voices heard for four delightful days of this Hague festival!
Opening Night 2024 is focused on freedom of speech and the power of literature, with appearances and readings by US author Celeste Ng, internationally one of the most-read authors with Asian roots; the British writer Aminatta Forna (The Hired Man); Adriaan van Dis, whose moving new novel has just been published; Burhan Sönmez, author of Istanbul, Istanbul and chair of the writers organization PEN International.
Young spoken-word artist and writer Daniëlle Zawadi from The Hague and, accompanied by percussionist Hashem Kabreet, writer and novelist Sholeh Rezazadeh will give spoken word performances.
After that, host Jörgen Tjon A Fong discusses with the US novelist Celeste Ng (Our Missing Hearts) and French writer and photojournalist Emilienne Malfatto (Le Colonel ne dort pas; The Colonel Doesn't Sleep) what "human voices" means to them in relation to freedom of speech. Finally, Hague mayor Jan van Zanen kicks things off by officially opening the festival!
Our favourite Hague bookstore De Vries Van Stockum has well-stocked tables of books for sale in the foyer of the Theater aan het Spui throughout the festival (English and Dutch language) by the authors appearing at the festival. Browse to your heart's content, and maybe the author is even present to personally sign your freshly bought book.
Poet Baban Kirkuki and oud-player and composer Kamal Hors presented a musical-poetic performance about Kirkuki's flight from Iraq and his experience in building an existence in The Netherlands. Hosted by writer and literary event organizer Judith Uyterlinde.
Writers are more likely to take up the pen than the sword in order to fight injustice. Fiction becomes their ideological act. In The Underground Railway, the American Colson Whitehead gives a voice to Cora the slave in the so-called land of the free. Bolivian Rodrigo Hasbún writes about the daughter of a Nazi who becomes a guerrilla fighter in South America. Romanian Mircea Cărtărescu's characters groan under the communist yoke and escape into literature and the past, while Dutch writer Carolina Trujillo describes an underworld of drugs and dealers in Montevideo, Uruguay, where a former guerrilla was president until 2015. Moderator: Judith Uyterlinde.