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Annelies Verbeke

Annelies Verbeke - foto Alex Salinas
Annelies Verbeke - foto Alex Salinas

(Belgium, 1976) writes novels, film scripts and plays. Her debut novel Slaap! (Sleep!) was published in 2003. Later she wrote another three novels, four collections of short stories, a collection of journalistic stories (including Awake, together with photographer Charlie De Keersmaecker), and the graphic novella Tirol Inferno, written in iambic pentameter and rhyme and co-created with illustrator Klaas Verplancke. Her work has been translated into 24 languages and won various prizes, such as the F. Bordewijk Prize, the Opzij Literature Prize, the J.M.A. Biesheuvel Prize, and the NRC Handelsblad Readers Prize. She has also written several plays and film scenarios, and worked with various theatre companies, especially the Rotterdam-based Wunderbaum. As a great lover of short stories, she compiled the international anthology Naar de Stad (To the City) together with Dutch author Sanneke van Hassel. Verbeke is a member of the writers' collective Fixdit, which aims to raise awareness of gender inequality in literature and expand the literary canon with work by important female authors.

(WU 2022)

Archive available for: Annelies Verbeke

  • Optimistische woede

    Optimistische woede

    With: Annelies Verbeke, Christine Otten, Jannah Loontjens, Manon Uphoff, Rachida Lamrabet, Sanneke van Hassel, Shantie Singh

    In dit Writers Series-programma viert schrijverscollectief Fixdit in samenwerking met Writers Unlimited de publicatie van het Fixdit-manifest Optimistische Woede: fix het sexisme in de literatuur, een uitgave van De Geus, in Theater aan het Spui in Den Haag.

    Optimistische woede
    Veel mensen geven openlijk toe nauwelijks boeken van vrouwen te lezen. Leeslijsten op scholen worden gedomineerd door boeken van (witte hetero)mannen. Vrouwen winnen minder literaire prijzen dan mannen. Is dat erg? Ja, want het weerspiegelt en vormt de verhoudingen in de samenleving.

    Elf vrouwelijke schrijvers zijn verontwaardigd over de ongelijke positie van vrouwen in de letteren, en verenigden zich in het collectief Fixdit. Vanuit bondgenootschap strijden ze voor verandering, in de literaire wereld én in de canon. In de elf stukken van dit manifest diepen zij het probleem uit. Woedend, strijdvaardig, en vooral: optimistisch.

    Maar liefst acht van de elf Fixdit-auteurs lezen voor uit hun bijdragen aan hun gezamenlijke manifest: Sanneke van Hassel, Rachida Lamrabet, Jannah Loontjens, Christine Otten, Shantie Singh, Fleur Speet, Manon Uphoff en Annelies Verbeke. Je las vast hun boeken en ontmoette ze in eerdere Writers Series-programma's of op het Winternachten festival.

    Het programma in Zaal 1 opent en sluit met delen uit de urban dance-voorstelling (Y)our eyes only van Gregory Shaggy over de realiteit van jonge zwarte mannen in de westerse maatschappij. Met eigen dromen, doelen en talenten proberen ze zichzelf te profileren in een wereld waarin vooroordelen, racisme, ongelijkheid en vertekende beelden in de media helaas nog steeds tot hedendaagse problemen horen. De mannen willen op zoek naar hun eigen waarheden. Ze proberen persoonlijke blokkades onder ogen te zien, om uiteindelijk hun dromen te kunnen volgen.

    Na het programma vieren we de boekpresentatie feestelijk met bubbels en signeren bij de boekverkoopstand van De Vries Van Stockum Boeken in de foyer. Deze boekpresentatie vormt de start van een tour langs boekhandels en literaire podia door Nederland en België.

    Fixdit bestaat uit Yra van Dijk, Sanneke van Hassel, Rachida Lamrabet, Jannah Loontjens, Munganyende Hélène Christelle, Christine Otten, Gaea Schoeters, Shantie Singh, Fleur Speet, Manon Uphoff en Annelies Verbeke.

  • Winternachten 2022 – Thursday Night Unlimited

    Fixdit - about the legendary Nawal el Saadawi

    Writer, doctor and feminist in 20th-century Egypt - with Annelies Verbeke, Jannah Loontjens, Rachida Lamrabet and Gamal Fouad.

    Legendary Egyptian author Nawal el Saadawi passed away in March 2021 at the age of 90. Hadn't you heard of her yet? Then this event is the perfect chance to correct that oversight!

    Nawal el Saadawi is also known as "the Simone de Beauvoir of the Arab world," and her work ruffled a lot of feathers. She was a doctor and an activist who wrote unabashedly about her life as an emancipated, feminist woman in an Egypt in which far from everyone shared her opinions. It's time to shine a spotlight on her groundbreaking work, and we let Annelies Verbeke and Jannah Loontjens of the Fixdit collective do the honours!

    For this event, which is also a live recording of a new podcast episode, authors and Fixdit founders Annelies Verbeke and Jannah Loontjens embark on a discussion with the Belgian author and lawyer Rachida Lamrabet and the Dutch writer and visual artist Gamal Fouad. They discuss Nawal el Saadawi's influential work and in particular her novel The Fall of the Imam.

    About Fixdit
    The writers' collective Fixdit is committed to raising the profile of work by female authors that deserves a wider readership. In collaboration with the literary magazine De Gids, Loontjens and Verbeke produce the Fixdit podcast series Moderne klassikers (Modern Classics), in which they give exposure to literary classics written by women.

    Fixdit & Writers Unlimited
    Fixdit and Writers Unlimited have joined forces to bring attention to international female authors who deserve a spot in the literary canon. Previously we jointly created an episode about the Indonesian author Lin Scholte, which can be found here:

    Reading tips:
    The entire oevre of Nawal el Saadawi, especially The Fall of the Imam, Memoirs of a Woman Doctor and Woman at Point Zero.

    Dutch spoken.

  • 'Bibi Koetis voor altijd', Lin Scholte

    'Bibi Koetis voor altijd', Lin Scholte

    With: Annelies Verbeke, Gustaaf Peek, Jannah Loontjens, Vilan van de Loo

    In collaboration with literary magazine De Gids, writers Jannah Loontjens and Annelies Verbeke create the Fixdit podcast series Modern Classics. Every two months they highlight a literary classic written by a woman. On Thursday 4 November, Lin Scholte's novel Bibi Koetis Forever (1974) - set in the Dutch East Indies community - was discussed with writers Gustaaf Peek and Vilan van de Loo. This was a live event, Dutch spoken. Together with Writers Unlimited, this edition of the podcast was recorded in the presence of an audience at the beautiful and appropriate location in The Hague: Museum Sophiahof.

    Soon available in your favorite podcast-app!

    Bibi Koetis voor altijd, Lin Scholte
    Date: Thursday 4 November 2021
    Start: 20.30 hrs, door open at 20.00 hrs
    Free entrance for students and scholars. Regular ticket €10,- including tea/coffee and spekkoek
    Further information and tickets:
    Location: Nationaal Museum Sophiahof, Sophialaan 10, 2514 JR Den Haag

    Dutch spoken.

    Event curated by Ellen Walraven (Writers Unlimited), Annelies Verbeke and Jannah Loontjens (Fixdit).
    Books for sale courtesy of De Vries Van Stockum Books

    Please note!

    • It is mandatory to show an identity card and a corona admission ticket at the entrance.
    • The corona admission ticket is mandatory for adults and children older than 13 years.
    • In the event of cancellation due to corona complaints, we return the purchase amount.

    This program is a coproduction of Fixdit and Writers Unlimited in collaboration with Museum Sophiahof.

  • Rodaan al Galidi, Annelies Verbeke en Pierre Jarawan

    Rodaan al Galidi, Annelies Verbeke en Pierre Jarawan

    With: Annelies Verbeke, Fiep van Bodegom, Pierre Jarawan, Rodaan Al Galidi

    Three countries, three authors, three novels about immigrants finding their way in a new country. Rodaan Al Galidi is a poet and writer. Born in Iraq and trained as a civil engineer, he has lived in the Netherlands since 1998. His new book Two Blankets, Three Sheets is an inspiring tale of survival, a close-up view of the hidden world of refugees and human smugglers, and a sobering reflection of our times. Annelies Verbeke is a Belgian writer of award winning novels, short stories and plays. Her novel Thirty Days about Alphonse, a Senegales immigrant, is a deeply moving story about love, outsiders and the human need to connect. Pierre Jarawan moved to Germany with his family at the age of three. Inspired by his father's imaginative bedtime stories, he started writing at the age of thirteen. His first novel about Samir's quest for his missing father, The Storyteller, became an international bestseller. Host: Fiep van Bodegom.

    Program in cooperation with World Editions.
    Books for sale courtesy of De Vries Van Stockum Books

  • Winternachten 2016

    Writers' Fest

    With: Aad Meinderts, Adriaan van Dis, Anna Woltz, Annelies Verbeke, Dick van der Harst, Edward van de Vendel, Femke Halsema, Francis Broekhuijsen, Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer, Job Cohen, Joris Wijsmuller, Lamin Kuyateh, Michael Krüger, Rodaan Al Galidi, Typhoon

    A festive event built around the presentation of the Jan Campert Prizes, the literary awards of the City of The Hague. In collaboration with the Jan Campert Foundation and the Dutch Foundation for Literature, Dutch literature is celebrated with various performances by writers, poets, and representatives of other disciplines (who honour the winners). The event is intended, in part, to highlight the state of Dutch literature. The afternoon culminates in the presentation of the Constantijn Huygens Prize for a whole body of work, which this year is awarded to Adriaan van Dis, beloved author and a great friend of the festival since day one. In Dutch