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Nico Dijkshoorn

Nico Dijkshoorn - foto Elselien van der Wal
Nico Dijkshoorn - foto Elselien van der Wal

(Amsterdam, NL 1960) studied Dutch and geography and worked as a librarian until his breakthrough in 1999 as an Internet columnist with his pieces on the tv programme Big Brother. His great talent struck immediately: the ironical, contrary and often moving descriptions of human behaviour. Nationwide renown came with a sports column in de Volkskrant. After that he collaborated in comedy tv programmes Café de Wereld, Draadstaal and Dit was het Nieuws. He also wrote for the football magazine Hard Gras and Muziekkrant OOR. Since 2008 he has been a regular poet on DWDD, the popular prime time tv talkshow. In 2007 his Grote GeenStijl Winterboek (Great NoStyle Winterbook) appeared and under the penname P. Kouwes he published the anthology of poems Daar schrik je toch van (It makes you start). Followed in 2009 by De tranen van Kuif den Dolder (The Tears of Kuif den Dolder), a novel about a fictitious football hero. In 2012 Dijkshoorn and Ronald Giphart toured the theatres with Matennaaiers (Screw Your Buddies). In 2012 he wrote the Dutch book week essay Verder alles goed (Everything All Right) while in that same year Appeleren (Appeal with the Ref), a collection of football columns, and Dijkshoorn kijkt kunst, a book on looking at art, also appeared.

(WU 2013 GR)

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  • Winternachten 2013

    Writers' Fest 2013

    With: Bart Moeyaert, Denise Jannah, Ellen Deckwitz, Guus Janssen, Jaap Cohen, Joke van Leeuwen, Lucas Hüsgen, Marja Pruis, Nico Dijkshoorn, Pieter Steinz, Roland Colastica, Ronald Giphart, Stephan Enter, Wouter Godijn

    The festival closes with a Writers' Fest in the Koninklijke Schouwburg. A programme around Dutch literature, with performances by among others Joke van Leeuwen, Nico Dijkshoorn, Ronald Giphart, Bart Moeyaert, jazz singer Denise Jannah and pianist and composer Guus Janssen. 

    What is the state of affairs in Dutch letters? At the beginning of the year we take stock. Writer and critic Marja Pruis gives her vision on how Dutch literature fares. With music and readings we honour three great writers and poets who passed away in 2012. Queen of jazz and singer Denise Jannah, accompanied by guitarist Robby Alberga, sings a poem by Gerrit Komrij, Holland's foremost poet and promotor of Dutch poets and poetry. Composer and pianist Guus Janssen honours the prolific Dutch writer  Bernlef with a composition for voice and piano. And we'll listen to a recording of poet Rutger Kopland, the grand old man of Dutch poetry. Curaçaoan writer and actor Roland Colastica, who made his debut last year with the children's novel Vuurwerk in mijn hoofd (Fireworks in my Head), tells us a story about his mother tongue, Papiamento, how as a child he got to know Dutch literature, on the importance of reading and telling stories. 

    Presentation of the The Hague literary prizes
    Four writers are awarded with a prize today: Stephan Enter is recipient of the F. Bordewijk Prize for his novel Grip, Wouter Godijn receives the Jan Campert Prize for his book of poetry Hoe H.H. de wereld redde (How H.H. Saved the World), and Lucas Hüsgen receives the J. Greshoff Prize for contemplative prose for his book Nazi te Venlo (Nazi in Venlo). Multitalent Joke van Leeuwen is recipient of the Constantijn Huygens Prize for her entire oeuvre. The afternoon closes with her theatrical word of thanks: a unique performance by Van Leeuwen,  this writer, poet,  illustrator and comedian. In cooperation with the Nederlands Letterenfonds, Stichting Lezen and the Jan Campert Stichting. The prizes are given by the alderman for culture of The Hague, Marjolein de Jong.