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Bert Wagendorp

The Netherlands

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Bert Wagendorp (1956) has been writing columns for De Volkskrant newspaper for almost twelve years and is known as a fervent cycling fan. He studied Dutch Language and Literature and began his career as a sports reporter for the Leeuwarder Courantin 1985. Three years later, he moved to De Volkskrant, where he is one of the most influential columnists. Alongside his work for the newspaper, Wagendorp has written a range of books, including the modern classic Ventoux (Atlas Contact, 2013). He will be introducing Julian Barnes at the ILFU, who he praised in De Volkskrantas, ‘the British writer who pays little heed to literary mores.’