Edward van de Vendel
© Jota Chabel
Edward van de Vendel (1964) writes poetry as well as books for children and young people. As a former teacher, the author wants his books to mean something to children and young people. He says “I discovered that the books I wrote can also sometimes be really meaningful to children and young people. So that is now what I am constantly searching for.” He has received several Zilveren Griffels (Silver Stylus awards), Gouden Zoenen (Golden Kiss awards) and other prizes for dozens of books he has written. The revised version of Pup en Kit (Pup and Kit) was published at the start of this year. The original version from 2002 now contains stunning new illustrations by Floor de Goede and thanks to its simple use of language, the book is perfect for children who are just starting to learn how to read. Edward van de Vendel appeared at the Night of Poetry a few years ago and this year we are welcoming him to the Children’s Night.
(Just listen to) this ray of hope in children’s poetry, which has the force of a spotlight: the performance, almost street theatre, of Edward van de Vendel during last year’s Night of Poetry, last autumn. Particularly his last poem ‘This varkentje’ (This piggy) – this stunning rendition ought to be a new benchmark in children’s poetry – considers language, the power of persuasion and colours as if there were no parameters in a phenomenal way.” Thomas de Veen in the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad