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Peter Verhelst writes Poëziegeschenk 2018

Peter Verhelst writes Poëziegeschenk 2018

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The Poëziegeschenk for the poetry week 2018 is written by the Flemish poet, novelist, and director Peter Verhelst.

That makes the Foundation Collective Propaganda of the Dutch Book (CPNB), Monday known.

The poetry week of 2018 is in the sign of Theater. This is the motto of the Streaming, in the plush of the audience”which fits in his oeuvre. Verhelst received for his work several awards, including the Flemish culture prize. The Golden Owl and the F. Bordewijk prize for his novel Tongkat (1999). He was also awarded several prizes for his poetry.

“Theater is not only in the theatre, but also on city squares, on the streets, in the bedroom. Everywhere where the one man, the other against the body, and that’s one body that other bodies respond to, and therefore, communication, opportunities, misunderstandings, a dance, happiness and sadness,” says Verhelst.

Jules Deelder was, in 2017 the Geschenkdichter for the poetry week. He was preceded by Stefan Hertmans (2016), Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer (2015), K. Schippers (2014) and Anna Enquist (2013). Poetry week starts on Thursday 25 January 2018 in Flanders and the Netherlands with National.

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