Biografie

Bernard Wesseling (1978) debuteerde als prozaschrijver met de roman De favoriet. In 2010 verscheen zijn roman Portret van een onaangepaste. Beide werden zeer lovend ontvangen, net als zijn bekroonde en bejubelde poëziebundels Focus, Naar de daken en & de dag ligt open als een ei in zijn gebroken schaal.

 Zijn werk is vertaald in het Frans en Spaans. Hij vertaalt ook poëzie en proza (vaak samen met punkrocker Jan de Nijs) vanuit het Engels en hij werkt als fietskoerier in Amsterdam.

Biography (English)

Bernard Wesseling (Amsterdam, december 7th, 1978) is a Dutch writer and poet. At the age of twenty-five he launched his debut with the novel ‘The favorite’, a semi-autobiographical story about the friendship between a twelve-year old boy and an older man. Soon afterwards he won the Vu-podium poetry prize 2004. As a slam-poet Wesseling had considerable fame when his first book of poetry ‘Fcous’ came out in 2006, at Nieuw A’dam publishing house. It won the C. Buddingh’-prijs for best poetry debut. Five years later his second novel ‘Portrait of a deviant’ was published at the same house. A story about the beauty and the dangers of idolatry. His second collection of poetry ‘To the rooftops’ appeared in 2012 to much acclaim at Em. Querido’s Uitgeverij. It was nominated for the J.C. Bloem-prijs. A new book of poetry appeared in 2016, called ‘& the day lies open like an egg in its broken shell’, under favourable reviews, hailed by one prominent critic as the work of a ‘master story-teller’.

Coming april his new novel will appear, again at Querido publishing, its title: ‘The escort’.

In 2013 Wesseling was seen on the television-programme De Wereld Draait Door, with a poem about soccerplayer Cristiano Ronaldo. He organizes a ‘Literairy salon’ at the http://roodebioscoop.nl/ theatre and frequents festivals in Belgium and The Netherlands.

 

foto: Kasper Vogelzang