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Hanneke van Eijken

Hanneke van Eijken - foto Brian Smeulders
Hanneke van Eijken - foto Brian Smeulders

(Amersfoort, NL, 1981) is a lawyer and poet. Her debut volume Papieren veulens (Paper Foals, 2013) was hailed by the Dutch and Flemish press. Both Opzij and Vogue magazines tipped Van Eijken as one of today's promising young writers. According to the newspaper Het Parool, the collection is one of the best books of 2013: "It's poetry that readers can access as much with their heads as with their hearts. Every poem shows how Van Eijken enjoys playing with language. Especially notable are wonderful phrases like 'come lie next to me/today the grass whispers/beautiful things into my cheek.'" Papieren veulens was nominated for the 2014 C. Buddingh Prize for best Dutch poetry debut. Besides being a poet, Van Eijken is also a lecturer and researcher in the Department of European Law (Europe Institute). In 2014 she obtained her doctorate in European citizenship and the constitutionalisation of the EU. For years she was also a project coordinator and programmer with the Utrecht literary organisation Het Poëziecircus.

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  • Winternachten 2015 – FRIDAY NIGHT UNLIMITED

    Ode to Remco's Coat

    The spotlight shines on the poetry of Remco Campert in this festive programme. Portuguese fado singer Cristina Branco set Campert's Ode aan mijn jas (Ode to My Coat) to music especially for this event. She is accompanied by João Paulo. Mustafa Stitou, Hanneke van Eijken, and three poets nominated for the VSB Poetry Prize—Hester Knibbe, Alfred Schaffer, and Peter Verhelst—each dedicate a poem to Remco or write a poem inspired by his poetry. The Blue Moon choir concludes the programme with a song about a passage from Het leven is verrukkulluk (Life is Delightful). Hosted by Alma Mathijsen. A collaboration with Poetry International and the VSB Poetry Prize. In Dutch.