Dutch author Campert awarded Golden Quill

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A prestigious cultural prize, the Golden Quill , has been awarded to poet and author Remco Campert.

The Gouden Ganzeveer Academy praised the 81-year-old Campert for "his versatility, lightness of tone an ability to give his train of thoughts and storylines simplicity of expression, appealing to a wide audience." The youth of today also appreciate Mr Campert's work, according to the academy which was founded 60 years ago.

Remco Wouter Campert was born in The Hague, son of writer and poet Jan Campert and actress Joekie Broedelet. His parents separated when he was three years old. His home situation was rather unstable for a brief period as he lived with either of his parents and sometimes his grandparents, depending on circumstances. After his father died in 1943 in a Nazi concentration camp, Neuengamme. he then went to live with his mother. They returned to Amsterdam after World War II.

Campert was a prolific author. He has published over fifteen volumes of poetry, and has also written numerous short stories and works for the theater. His novels include 1962, "Life Is Lovely".

The Golden Quill is awarded each year to either an individual or an institute for an extraordinary contribution to the Dutch written word. Members of the academy include people who have distinguished themselves in the world of culture, science, politics or business.


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