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Micha Hamel

Micha Hamel - foto Diane van der Marel
Micha Hamel - foto Diane van der Marel

(Amsterdam, 1970) is a poet, director and composer. He studied at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague and studied philosophy for a year in Amsterdam. In 2004 he made his debut as a poet with Alle enen opgeteld (All the ones added up). In his poetry Hamel always takes on a great number of topics. In Nu je het vraagt (Now that you ask; 2010) he alternated striking reminiscences of youth with melancholic reflections. In Bewegend doel (moving target; 2013) he wrote about depression, an Egyptian goddess, the word sultry and the Italian national character. The poet continuously changes roles. He is an artist, a bourgeois, a popstar, a judge and an actor, investigating how these characters transform him. Almost casually he writes about the friction between love, lust, art and trivialities. Hamel also wrote music for among others the Schönberg Ensemble. In addition he was director of the Noord-Hollands Philharmonisch Orkest and the RAI orchestra in Turin. At the festival Hamel is recipient of the Jan Campert Prize for his fourth collection of poetry Bewegend doel.

(WU 2014 GR)

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  • Winternachten 2014

    Writers Fest 2014

    With: Aad Meinderts, Alfred Schaffer, Antjie Krog, Bettine Vriesekoop, Elsbeth Etty, Francis Broekhuijsen, Geert Mak, Huub van der Lubbe, Jaap Goedegebuure, Jan Paul Schutten, Marjolein de Jong, Micha Hamel, Oek de Jong, Ronald Snijders, Tijs Goldschmidt, Tiziano Perez, Tom Lanoye

    The Writers' Fest is the festive conclusion of the festival with a programme full of writers and other guests. The line-up consists of among others the Dutch poet Alfred Schaffer, Geert Mak, the South African poet Antjie Krog, Tom Lanoye, literary critic Elsbeth Etty, flute player Ronald Snijders and singer/poet Huub van der Lubbe.

    The Writers' Fest includes the award winning ceremony of the Jan Campert Prizes, the literary prizes of the City of The Hague, with the presentation of the Constantijn Huygens Oeuvre Prize. The winner is Tom Lanoye. The South African writer Antjie Krog will do a eulogy on him and we'll hear Lanoye's words of thanks.

    The F. Bordewijk Prize goes to Pier en Oceaan (Jetty and Ocean) by Oek de Jong. The novel will be praised by Jaap Goedegebuure. Composer and poet Micha Hamel is recipient of the Jan Campert Prize for his book of poetry Bewegend doel (Moving Target). Bettine Vriesekoop will recommend the book to us. The Nynke van Hichtum Prize for children's literature goes to Het raadsel van alles wat leeft (The Riddle of Everything Alive) by Jan Paul Schutten. Writer and biologist Tijs Goldschmidt will sing the praise of that book.

    A programme in co-operation with the Dutch Foundation for Literature and the Jan Campert Foundation. The earlier announced performance of Anne Vegter has been cancelled for health reasons.

    In Dutch.