Utrechts very own Annet Schaap scoops hat trick of awards

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Congratulations to Annet Schaap who has won the Woutertje Pieterse Prize, the Dutch children’s book prize of the year for her book ‘Lampje’.

On Saturday 13 October bring the whole family to the Vriendengala in the Central Library for a chance to see a musical performance of the winning book ‘Lampje’.

This will be a unique chance to see and to experience the story at its best as the Utrecht Library is so proud that they have been able to invite Annet Schaap to be at their Friends Book Week Friends Gala. There she will tell the musical story about ‘Lampje’ together with Frederike de Winter.

The book is about the daughter of a lighthouse keeper. She lights up the light every night in the lighthouse. On one stormy evening everything that can go wrong does go wrong.

The Woutertje Pieterse Prize is a literary prize, which is awarded annually to the best original Dutch-language children’s or children’s book published in the previous year. It was established in 1988 on the initiative of several reviewers to promote the literary quality of the Dutch-language children’s book. In 2018, the Lira Fund, together with De Versterking, the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and the Nederlands Letterenfonds made the prize possible

The prize consists of a certificate and an amount of €15,000.

The prize is named after Woutertje Pieterse, a character from the work of Multatuli

Annet Schaap has illustrated almost two hundred children’s books, but ‘Lampje’ is her first self-written book. With ‘Lampje’ Annet has won the three most important Dutch children’s book awards: The Woutertje Pieterse Prijs, the Nienke van Hichtum prize and now also the Gouden Griffel!

This is a wonderful and unique achievement.



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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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