Utrecht Inspires

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I love writing. I may have mentioned that a few times in my blog on this site. Writing can take you anywhere. It takes me to Utrecht. I love Utrecht. I might have mentioned that once or twice as well. Writing connects me to Utrecht and makes me feel I am in Utrecht. Utrecht has just so much to write about. So, as I celebrate my birthday this week, I can also celebrate Utrecht!

My son moved to the Dom City some years ago and when we first visited we could see why he should choose such a beautiful place. At that time. I was writing a crime novel set in Amsterdam as he had previously lived there and it was a great reason to visit, the thought of researching the city streets was still an exciting one, but when he moved to Utrecht that all changed. I didn’t really need an excuse to visit Utrecht, but this helped and my novel Utrecht Snow was inspired by the not so mean streets of Utrecht and the fact that it never seemed to snow there!

Liselotte Gijzemijter ● www.ligiphotography.com

I loved to wander the streets, sit at the cafes on Vismarkt and to explore museums and sites of interest. Scene setting was great so I would stroll around to place my characters Caes Heda, his daughter Truus and her girlfriend Maaike. I wanted to get the feel of chases under the Dom Toren and murder in Wilhelminapark. Not literally of course, but you know what I mean. then after the chase and the murder there is the peace of Floras Hof, a perfect garden for contemplation and smelling the roses! On my next visit i hope to attend a game at Stadion Galgenwaard, to watch FC Utrecht as they are my hero, Caes Heda’s team. I love the University campus and the variety of architecture there. It is the venue for a lot of Truus Heda’s encounters. It is a vibrant place, full of young people preparing to make a difference once they have graduated. And why shouldn’t they all make a difference attending as they do, the best University in the Netherlands? I also think that the new design around Centraal station is superb. I have a murder planned for the building works near to the World Trade Centre, but tell no one!

Michael Darmian gave me the chance to write for UtrechtCentral and I haven’t looked back and have featured some pretty amazing Utrechters in the past few months, but I have also been able to show what an amazing place Utrecht is, with so much going on musically, sporting, in the technology fields and in arts and cultures and entertainment. At times I am out of breath writing about the wonderful things you have going on in your city and the wonderful people who promote them, some professionals, but many others volunteers who give up their own time to help support their fellow citizens. There have been dozens of new contacts. an invaluable one was photographer Liselotte Gijzemijter whose pictures I have used as covers for my novels. Take a look at her work here. Its superb.

I continue to write my crime novels. I have a series planned, the next one Utrecht Rain will be out soon. Take a look at my website for more information, though that has been a little neglected since I started writing here at UtrechtCentral.

One project of interest I am undertaking and one that could soon be brought to Utrecht is a book I am editing here in England. Entitled “Our City: An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Leicester” is an anthology inspired by the work of French philosopher Georges Perec about my home city of Leicester and is a collection of Creative Writing, Poems, Flash Fiction and stories about Leicester. For any of you Anglophiles that have had your interest piqued look here for more information. It will be published in October next year, probably in time for my next birthday. Perfect symmetry really.

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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