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Gustaaf Peek new Writer in Residence of VU Amsterdam

8 July 2022
Gustaaf Peek has been appointed as the new Writer in Residence at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam as of 1 June 2022. Peek takes over from Babs Gons, who gave her farewell lecture this June during the DéjàVU Festival of VU Amsterdam.

“The Writer in Residenceship, it sounds easier said than done, because what requirements does a writer in the Netherlands have to meet to really call himself free? I look forward to the encounters, the crackling that can arise between worlds of thought, I hope for new cracks in the imagination. VU Amsterdam wants to speak to me, this is what I feel, I will answer everything as openly and honestly as possible and ask my own questions. The Writer in Residenceship contains an exciting assignment, I'm going to do my best," said Peek about his appointment.

Peek is the sixteenth Writer in Residence at VU Amsterdam and the successor to Babs Gons and previous Writers in Residence such as Maxim Februari, Arnon Grunberg, Bas Heijne, Ernest van der Kwast, Ronald Giphart, Renate Dorrestein and Abdelkader Benali. Peek has been appointed for one year.

“Very nice that Gustaaf Peek wants to take on the role of Writer in Residence. I have great admiration for this writer who, for example, in his novel A.D., can make unfamiliar, bygone worlds tangible. Scientists are also familiar with the search for words to make phenomena found in research tangible for a wider audience. This also requires the imagination of literature. We are going to make it a wonderful year!”, says Rector Magnificus Jeroen Geurts.

Gustaaf Peek (1975) is a Dutch writer, editor and screenwriter. He made his debut in 2006 with the novel Armin, followed by Dover. For his novel ‘Ik was Amerika’ he received the BNG New Literature Prize and the F. Bordewijk Prize. ‘Godin, hero’ was awarderd ‘Book of the Month’ by the Dutch daily television show ‘De Wereld Draait Door’ and shortlisted for the Libris Literature Prize. His screenplay for the feature film ‘Gluckauf’ was awarded a Golden Calf. He also wrote the pamphlet ‘Resistance!’.

The appointment of the Writer in Residence is also made possible by the VUVereniging. During his Writer in Residenceship, Peek will also give lectures at the Faculty of Humanities. His first public appearance will be during the Opening of the Academic Year on September 5, Aula, 15:30 – 17:00.

Photo: Maya Hermes