Since her 2000 debut with Bevoorrecht bewustzijn (Privileged Consciousness), Esther Gerritsen (b. 1972) has been considered one of the best authors in the Netherlands. In 2005 she was awarded the Dif/BGN prize for her second novel Normale dagen (Ordinary Days, 2005). Superduif (Superpigeon, 2010), Dorst(Craving, 2012), and Roxy (2014) were all shortlisted for the Libris Literature Prize. In 2014 she was awarded the Frans Kellendonk prize for her body of work. Gerritsen is a leading playwright and writes a popular weekly column in the VPRO TV guide.
Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer
Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer (1968, the Netherlands) writes novels, stories, poems, columns, essays, theatre plays and lyrics. He has lived and worked in Genoa for the past five years. His work has been translated and published in the U.K., Germany and the U.S. He has won the prestigious Dutch Libris Literature Prize in 2014 for his bestseller 'La Superba'. His collection of poetry 'Idyllen' won the Jan Campert-prize, the VSB Poetry prize and the Awater critics prize in 2016, the first time ever a poet won this 'Grand Slam'.
Charlotte Van den Broeck (1991, Belgium) studied English and German and holds a degree in Arts of the Spoken Word and Theatre at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp. She made her debut in 2015 with the poetry collection Chameleon (Kameleon). The collection was awarded the Herman de Coninck Debut award.
In 2017, her second collection Nachtroer (name of a late night shop) made its appearance, which was nominated for the VSB Poetry Prize. She has been published in various literary journals in the Netherlands and Flanders. Some of her poems have been translated into German, English and Arabic. Besides being a poet, she is also a performer and seeks the ability to pronounce and experience poetry onstage. She performed at the Night of Poetry, Saint Amour tour and together with Arnon Grunberg she opened the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2016.
William Bruce Carruthers
Will Carruthers (1967, England) is a musician, poet and novelist, best known for playing bass in the influential alternative rock bands Spiritualized, Spacemen 3 and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. He published several solo-albums, collections of poems and a collection of autobiographical short stories: The Book of Jobs.
He currently resides in seclusion in Croatia, writing his most ambitious work so far: a book of stories concerning his history in the music industry. The rights have been sold to Faber Social (UK & Commonwealth) and Lebowski Publishers (NL).
Will Carruthers has had a chequered career. Frequently veering from the sublime to the ridiculous and rarely lacking a sense of humour about the whole thing, he has travelled the world performing his “peculiar balancing act between artistic endeavour and hard labour”, often with no safety net.
In his early years, he was the bassist for Spacemen 3, Spiritualized and Spectrum, three bands who were among the most influential rock outfits of the late 80's and early 90's. If in doubt, look them up and you will find that these pioneers of drone rock influenced everyone from Nirvana to Daft Punk aad My bloody valentine, and their their recordings and uncompromising attitudes continue to be a cherished source of inspiration for many of the “new wave of psychedelia” bands that are flourishing today.
Not one to rest on his laurels, Carruthers moved from the success of these bands into a series of back breaking and soul destroying jobs, which he has documented in his most recent book, a collection of short stories called“A book of jobs”. Carruthers made the first one hundred copies by hand at his kitchen table, bindingfourteen of his own original linoleum prints into the books. “It was a lot of work.” he said.
He also made a couple of solo albums that large groups of people mainly failed to give a fuck about. Having more recently played with the notorious Brian Jonestown Massacre and with Icelandic band Dead Skeletons, Carruthers finally started to go deaf and has subsequently decided to give loud music a break for a while, although he does perform occasional solo concerts and readings for largely confused audiences. He published a book of poetry called “a spoon for the air” and has had work featured in the books“One another” by Alisa Resnik, which won the European publishers prize for photography, (which saw his poetry translated into three languages) and in “La part des ombres” by Swiss author Chiara Mechtry-Gonet. He has had a few short stories and essays printed in a couple of magazinesHe lives in Berlin, but would really like to live by the sea, grow peculiar vegetables and keep chickens ….and maybe a goat.
Arthur Yorinks has written and directed for opera, theater, dance, film, and radio and is the author of over thirty-five acclaimed and award-winning books, including Hey, Al, a children’s book, which earned the Caldecott Medal in 1987. In addition to his literary career, with book published all over the world, he is considered one of the leading figures in the reinvention of audio theater.
His wide-ranging career is known for unique collaborations among a broad spectrum of celebrated artists—from Andre Serban and Richard Foreman to Bill Irwin and Maurice Sendak to legendary filmmaker Michael Powell among many others.
In the field of opera, Yorinks was Philip Glass’s librettist for the operas The Juniper Tree and The Fall of the House of Usher, both of which have been performed all over the world. In theater, Yorinks has written and directed numerous stage plays at The Kennedy Center, the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York and other theaters.