Year of birth: 1929
began as one of the Fifties Poets and has since become one of the best-known Dutch poets and prose-writers. A laconical-melancholy tone is typical of much of his work. In 1979, he was awarded the P.C. Hooftprijs. His works include Een neger uit Mozambique. Een keuze uit de gedichten (A Negro from Mozambique. A selection of poems, 1988), Rechterschoenen (Right Shoes, 1992), the anthology Dichter (Poet/Closer 1995), Ode aan mijn jas (Ode to my Jacket, 1997) and Nieuwe herinneringen (New Memories, 2007), from which the poem ‘Op de Overtoom’ (On the Overtoom) was awarded one of the Poetry Day prizes in 2008.
Thursday 12 June, 21.45 hrs, Grote Zaal