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Peter van Gestel (3 August 1937, Amsterdam – 1 March 2019, Amsterdam)[1] was a Dutch writer.

Peter van Gestel
Peter van Gestel in 1961
Peter van Gestel (1961)
Born(1937-08-03)3 August 1937
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died1 March 2019(2019-03-01) (aged 81)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Pen namePeter van Gestel, Sander Joosten
OccupationWriter
LanguageDutch
NationalityDutch
Notable awards
Years active1962–2019

BiographyEdit

WritingEdit

Van Gestel made his debut in 1962 with Drempelvrees, a collection of stories.[1] He received the Reina Prinsen Geerligsprijs for this book.[2]

In 1976 he published the book Ver van huis under the pseudonym Sander Joosten.[3]

He made his debut in children's literature with Schuilen onder je schooltas in 1979.[1][4] He received the Vlag en Wimpel award for this book.[1]

He received the Nienke van Hichtum-prijs 1987 for his book Ko Kruier en zijn stadsgenoten (1985) with illustrations by Peter van Straaten.[1][2]

For his children's book Winterijs he won the Woutertje Pieterse Prijs 2002 as well as the Gouden Griffel 2002 award and the Nienke van Hichtum-prijs 2003.[5] He became the first to be awarded these three awards for a single book.[6] Winterijs tells the story of a ten year old living in Amsterdam in the winter of 1947 developing a friendship with a Jewish boy.[7] The story is inspired by van Gestel's brother's friendship with a Jewish boy when both were also ten years old.[7] Van Gestel does not consider the book to be an autobiography but acknowledges that there are many similarities between the characters and people from his youth.[7]

In 2006 he won the Theo Thijssen-prijs for his entire oeuvre.[1][4][8][9]

Radio, television and filmEdit

In 1986 he adapted the book Het wassende water (1925) written by Herman de Man to television.[10] The idea to adapt the book to television came from van Gestel's experience as dramaturge for Anton Quintana's radio play also based on the same book.[10]

Van Gestel wrote the story for the 1999 film Een dubbeltje te weinig and he co-wrote the story for 1992 film Richting Engeland with Willem Wilmink. Both films were directed by André van Duren.

In 1997 he adapted late medieval Dutch text Mariken van Nieumeghen into the children's book Mariken.[3] He received the Gouden Uil 1998 award for this book and the story was used for the 2000 film Mariken.[3] Van Gestel co-wrote the screenplay for the film with Kim van Kooten.[11]

DeathEdit

Van Gestel died in March 2019.[12]

AwardsEdit

 
Van Gestel receiving the Reina Prinsen Geerligsprijs (1961)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f Linders, Joke (February 2007). "Lexicon van de jeugdliteratuur (1982–2014)" (in Dutch). Digital Library for Dutch Literature. Archived from the original on 23 February 2019. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b Peter van den Hoven. Grensverkeer: over jeugdliteratuur. ISBN 9789054830122.
  3. ^ a b c van Bork, G.J. "Schrijvers en dichters (dbnl biografieënproject I)" (in Dutch). Digital Library for Dutch Literature. Archived from the original on 23 February 2019. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Juryrapport Theo Thijssenprijs 2006" (in Dutch). Digital Library for Dutch Literature. Archived from the original on 23 February 2019. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Woutertje Pieterse Prijs 2002" (in Dutch). woutertjepieterseprijs.nl. Archived from the original on 16 January 2019. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  6. ^ van Lenteren, Pjotr (2 October 2018). "Annet Schaap wint Gouden Griffel en scoort zo een hattrick met avonturenverhaal Lampje" (in Dutch). De Volkskrant. Archived from the original on 10 February 2019. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  7. ^ a b c Akveld, Joukje. "'Het zijn de schrijvers die tellen, niet de genres' – Een interview met Peter van Gestel over het autobiografische gehalte van Winterijs" (in Dutch). Digital Library for Dutch Literature. Archived from the original on 23 February 2019. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Theo Thijssen-prijs voor Van Gestel" (in Dutch). nrc.nl. 15 April 2006. Archived from the original on 23 February 2019. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  9. ^ van Halsema, Dick. "Welkomstwoord Theo Thijssenprijs 2006 – Literatuur zonder leeftijd. Jaargang 20" (in Dutch). Digital Library for Dutch Literature. Archived from the original on 23 February 2019. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  10. ^ a b Geel, Rudolf. "'Het wassende water' van Peter van Gestel" (in Dutch). Digital Library for Dutch Literature. Archived from the original on 24 February 2019. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  11. ^ Jill Nelmes and Jule Selbo. Women Screenwriters: An International Guide. ISBN 9781137312372.
  12. ^ Dupuy, Lisa (3 March 2019). "Kinderboekenschrijver Peter van Gestel (81) overleden" (in Dutch). NRC. Archived from the original on 3 March 2019. Retrieved 3 March 2019.

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