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Ronald Giphart

Ronald Giphart - foto Merlijn Doomernik
Ronald Giphart - foto Merlijn Doomernik

(Dordrecht, NL 1965) is a novelist and columnist. His debut Ik ook van jou (Me You Too, 1992), was awarded the Gouden Ezelsoor and adapted for the screen. His second novel Giph (1993) was a big success too. In 2004 he was recipient of the Utrecht C.C.S. Crone Award for his entire oeuvre. Giphart studied Dutch and worked as a hospital nightporter before starting to write. His novels Phileine zegt sorry (Phileine Says Sorry, 1996) and Ik omhels je met duizend armen (I Embrace you with a Thousand Arms, 2000) were adapted for the screen as well. In 2003 he wrote the Dutch book week gift, the novella Gala. In November 2012 De wake (Vigil) appeared, three interwoven tales. Giphart toured the theatres with Dutch writers Bart Chabot and Martin Bril (2005-2006) and Nico Dijkshoorn (2012). He wrote for the Dutch Railways magazine Rails for years, a magazine whose editor-in-chief he was briefly. He writes columns for the Dutch newspaper Volkskrant and the children's science magazine KijK.

(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.

  • Suriname 2004

    The final evening

    With: Albert Mungroo, Andy Fernandes, Annemarie Sanches, EKM Dido, Gibi Bacilio, Harvey Fräser, Jeffrey Quartier, Jit Narain, Marlène Oudsten, Marylin Simons, Mavis Noordwijk Koor, Mireille Pinas, Norine Blinker, Ronald Giphart, Roué Hupsel, Sitok Srengenge, Sombra, Terry

    A festive finale of this first edition of the International Literary festival Surinam. Consisting of prose, poetry and music. Performances from the foreign guests and many Surinam authors: including well known names and promising debutants. Such as Sombra, Ronald Giphart (The Netherlands), Gibi Bacilio (Curaçao), EKM Dido (South Africa), Sitok Srengenge (Indonesia), Norine Blinker, Norma Bouterse, Andy Fernandes, Harvey Fräser, Roway James, Marlène Oudsten, Mireille Pinas, Terry and Jeffrey Quartier. Also performances by the Mavis Noordwijk choir (a combination of the Kokriki choir and the ADEK choir) and a closing song by Albert Mungroo. Presented by Annemarie Sanches.

  • Suriname 2004

    At the table together with writers

    With: Alphons Levens, EKM Dido, Gibi Bacilio, Rappa, Ronald Giphart, Sitok Srengenge, Terry, Tessa Leuwsha

    An informal get together with writers and public. Pull up a chair next to a writer and chat about his or her work and anything else that comes up. With amongst others Rappa, Alphons Levens, Tessa Leuwsha, Gibi Bacilio (Curaçao), EKM Dido (South Africa), Ronald Giphart (The netherlads) and Sitok Srengenge (Indonesia).

  • Suriname 2004

    Film: Phileine says I am sorry

    With: Ronald Giphart

    A film, introduced by Ronald Giphart, the author of the book Phileine zegt sorry, on which the film is based. It is a romatic comedy, directed by Robert Jan Westdijk. In this film 'power babe' Phileine (played by Kim van Kooten) follows her boyfriend Max (played by Michiel Huisman) to New York. Max is an actor and has got a part in the international performance of the ultimate love story Romeo and Juliet. Phileine suspects that Max is more interested in his co-star Joanne than in her. The impudent Phileine refuses to accept that. Out of jealousy Phileine throws herself into the arms of Joanne's boyfriend and then disrupts the show, which puts her in the limelight. However, this newly achieved fame does not bring her the happiness she hopes for: because Max has found out that Phileine has been unfaithful to him and will have nothing to do with her. Later they meet one another at a gala night in New York. The film was shot in the Netherlands and in New York.

  • Suriname 2004

    Writers debates

    With: Brigitte Brown, Cynthia McLeod, EKM Dido, Farah L, Gibi Bacilio, Guillaume Pool, Guyz Nextdoor, Ismene Krishnadath, Jit Narain, Ronald Giphart, Sombra, Verginia Ceder, Willie Alberga

    An evening's debating, readings and music. Various topics are debated, such as: which language should the writer choose? His or her mother tongue or the language of the largest reading public? Does the writer write for a specific group of readers? What is the role of the writers own cultural background, while writing within a multi cultural society? The debating panel consists of: Jit Narain, Guillaume Pool, Arlette Codfried, Ismene Krishnadath, Cynthia McLeod, Sombra, EKM Dido (South Africa) Sitok Srengenge (Indonesia), Gibi Bacilio (Curaçao), Ronald Giphart (The Netherlands) and panel leader Willie Alberga.
    Readings by Brigitte Brown and Virginia Alvarez and presented by Sombra.

  • Suriname 2004

    Writers lessons

    With: Cynthia McLeod, Joke van Leeuwen, Ronald Giphart

    In November 2003 and February 2004 the Dutch writer, illustrator and cabaret artist Joke van Leeuwen gave several workshops for Surinam authors and illustrators. This was a joint project from the Dutch Literary Production and Translation Fund and Writers group '77. Together with Joke van Leeuwen the aspirant writers present tonight the provisional results of these workshops. Joke van Leeuwen is accompanied by the writers Cynthia McLeod and Ronald Giphart. They show what can be done with a text from its very first version to the final result in book form.

  • Suriname 2004

    1001 identities - opening night

    With: Arlette Codfried, Cynthia McLeod, Dansgroep Tandava, Denise Jannah, EKM Dido, Fafiri Brothers, Frits Wols, Gibi Bacilio, Joke van Leeuwen, Rappa, Ronald Giphart, Sitok Srengenge

    The first night of the festival in Paramaribo offers a diverse program. Writers from five countries read from their novels and poetry. Hosted and presented by Arlette Codfried they talk about their own country and how people from different cultures live together there. Denise Jannah sings poems chosen from poets that represent the five different countries participating in this ffestival, amongst others from the winner of the State literature prize Orlando Emanuels. Cynthia McLeod, Rappa, Surianto and Frits Wols perform together with their foreign colleague writers Gibi Bacilio (Curaçao), EKM Dido (South Africa), Ronald Giphart (The Netherlands), Joke van Leeuwen (The Netherlands) and Sitok Srengenge (Indonesia). The dance group Tandava dances poems from Slory and Shrinivasi. The Fafiri Brothers will provide further musical accompaniment.

  • Suriname 2004

    District commissionership Nickerie - literary evening

    With: Arlette Codfried, Cynthia McLeod, Denise Jannah, EKM Dido, Gibi Bacilio, Rappa, Ronald Giphart, Sitok Srengenge

    An international program with readings by writers and poets and music, presented by Arlette Codfried. The Surinam authors Cynthia McLeod and Rappa perform together with poet/performer Gibi Bacilio from Curaçao, writer EKM Dido from Capetown, the Dutch best-selling author Ronald Giphart and one of the foremost poets from Indonesia, the Javanese Sitok Srengenge. Jazz-diva Denise Jannah presents a special program of her own, consisting of poems from five countries set to her own music.

  • Winternachten 2002 – Winternacht 2

    Sex on paper

    'The sweetest margerine-advertising I ever heard,' responded writer Stephan Sanders to the sex-scene just his collegue Ronald Giphart just read from his work. 'Sex of men above fourty is disgusting', was one of Gipharts remarks. With Manon Uphoff, we had three trend setters when talking about putting sex to paper. Dutch spoken.

  • Tournee NL 2002

    Winternachten Tilburg

    With: Ed van Eeden, Frank Martinus Arion, Joko Pinurbo, Roland Colastica, Ronald Giphart

    "Many of the problems in the Antilles would be solved if men would understand more about female sexuality", says writer Frank Martinus Arion, famous for his novel Double Play. An evening in Bookshop Gianotten on passion and love in literature in Indonesia, the Netherlands, and the Antilles.