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Wilma de Rek

Wilma de Rek
Wilma de Rek

is a writer and books editor of the Dutch daily De Volkskrant. Previously, she was head of two other sections of the newspaper. She is the author of the books Canto Ostinato. Simeon ten Holt over zijn meesterwerk (Canto Ostinato: Simon ten Holt on his Masterwork), and Allemaal losers (Losers All). She is also co-author of the Encyclopedie der Nederlanden (with Bert Wagendorp); De stijl van de Leider (The Leader`s Style, 2011, together with Pieter Broertjes), a series of interviews with Johan Cruijff and others; and Van big bang tot burn-out (From Big Bang to Burnout, together with Witte Hoogendijk). Stand-up filosoof (Stand-up Philosopher, 2013) is a record of her conversations with René Gude, philosopher and thinker laureate, about the meaning of life, love, the role of the mind, approaching death, optimism, envy, and much more.

(WU2024)

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  • Writers Unlimited 2024

    De Volkskrant Leesclub Live on Remco Campert's oeuvre

    With: Bert Wagendorp, Frank van Bommel, Frans van Deursen, Frederique van Rijn, Jan Mulder, Mark Nieuwenhuis, Mirjam van Hengel, Wilma de Rek

    De Volkskrant Leesclub Live focused on the diverse oevre of Remco Campert, especially his novel Het satijnen hart (The Satin Heart), and allowed the audience to get their questions answered by an amazing writers' panel of expert enthusiasts: Jan Mulder, Bert Wagendorp and Mirjam van Hengel.

    If you read Dutch, you could order Camperts' novel Het satijnen hart via the Leesclub (a special edition for this occasion published by De Bezige Bij) and get a discount on your ticket!

    Mulder talked about Camperts' columns, Wagendorp about his stories, and Van Hengel about his poetry. Wilma de Rek, books editor at De Volkskrant newspaper, participated as moderator.

    For a musical-poetic intermezzo, Frederique van Rijn and actor/singer Frans van Deursen performed an excerpt from the Campert's show Poëzie is mijn adem (Poetry is my Breath) featuring his own poems, accompanied by Mark Nieuwenhuis (compositions, trumpet, samples, beats) and Frank van Bommel (compositions, piano, various percussion).

    Born in The Hague, Remco Campert (1929-2022) was one of The Netherlands' most loved and multifaceted writers. Besides poetry, he wrote several novels and novellas, several of which have become contemporary 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 bestselling novel Een liefde in Parijs (A Love in Paris) came out in 2004, followed by 2006's Het satijnen hart (The Satin Heart), a wistful portrait of a painter who can't choose between love and art all the way into old age. 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.

    Festival tip: Ode to Remco Campert & Award Ceremony Hague Literature Prizes (Koninklijke Schouwburg, Sunday afternoon, 21 January 2024) with appearaces by Kees van Kooten, Ramsey Nasr, Alma Mathijsen, Ronelda Kamfer, Ellen ten Damme, Benjamin Herman and Corrie van Binsbergen, followed by the ceremony of the Hague Literature Prizes to be awarded to Anjet Daanje, Tomas Lieske, Rozalie Hirs and Tjibbe Veldkamp.