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Abdelkader Benali will be Dutch Writer in Residence at UCL 2011/12

10 September 2011

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Abdelkader Benali, one of the Netherlands’ leading writers will be Dutch Writer in Residence 2011/12. The Writer in Residence, supported by the Nederlands Letterenfonds, will engage with students and staff in the department and actively contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

Abdelkader Benali was born in Morocco. When he was four years old, he and his family, of Berber background, migrated to the Netherlands and settled in Rotterdam. When he was twenty-one his debut novel Bruiloft aan zee (‘Wedding at the Sea’) appeared and was a huge critical and commercial success (1997). It was translated into many languages and nominated for the renowned Libris Prize for Literature that he received for his second novel, De langverwachte (‘The Long-Awaited’, 2002) in 2003

In addition to novels and plays, Benali has published essays and reviews in respected newspapers and magazines including De Volkskrant,Vrij NederlandDe Groene AmsterdammerEsquire, Algemeen Dagblad, and The Guardian. As an avid long-distance runner, he also wrote a book about his failed attempt to improve his best result, Marathonloper (‘Marathon Runner’).

More about Abdelkader Benali in the Digitale Bibliotheek Nederlandse Letteren.

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