Anne Vegter

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Frankfurter Buchmesse
Guest of Honour 2016

Anne Vegter

1958, Delfzijl
Poet. Writer. The Dutch Poet Laureate.

Anne Vegter made her debut in 1989 with the children’s book De dame en de neushoorn (The Lady and the Rhinoceros) which was awarded the prestigious Woutertje Pieterse Prize.  Her second book, Verse bekken (Fresh Mouths, 1990), represented a novel achievement; it was the first and only children’s book ever to be nominated for the AKO Literature Prize (for adult fiction). Apart from children’s books, Vegter has also written poetry anthologies, prose and plays. She keeps the dividing line between the various genres as fluid as possible. She once said in an interview that she tried to allow herself the maximum freedom to enable the ideas to flow within a certain form, be that a children’s book, column or play. Her poems would sometimes become prose or fairytales in which she didn’t shy away from stage-like elements. From 2013 to 2017, she is the Dutch Poet Laureate, and in that capacity writes poems for important national events.