Poet Ellen Deckwitz has won the Tollensprijs, a five-year prize for writers who, according to the jury, have delivered a remarkable literary achievement.By our news editors
That was announced on Saturday in the NPO Radio 1 program The Language State. The jury praised the poet as someone who “attracts a wide audience, excels in different genres and is not afraid to convince audiences for poetry.”
Deckwitz writes columns for, among other things NRC and The morning. She was also regularly The world goes on and provides a weekly contribution to the radio program The News BV. She also made a number of theater performances.
The poet is “very happy” with the prize, she reacted emotionally in the broadcast. “I’m very happy with the recognition. Actually, ever since I could read and write, I’ve tried to interest others in it.”
Tollens reached a wide audience with poetry
The Tollensprijs is the oldest literary prize in the Netherlands and has been awarded since 1903. Normally once every five years, but due to the corona crisis, it has now been seven years since the award was awarded.
The prize is named after the poet Hendrik Tollens (1780-1856) who excelled in accessible poetry. He had a remarkably wide range with his work and in his work often gave his view on current events. The jury is looking for a winner who does the same in his or her work.
Previously, Paulien Cornelisse, Hans Dorrestijn, Jules Deelder and Drs. P already awarded.