“What I am reflecting on is that I have to forgive people, events, time, the world, the country and probably also myself in order to be able to write. Your Clarice Lispector was trying this, I assume, and somehow apparently she managed. Or maybe I should say this: I am writing in order to forgive.”
— Ece Temelkuran (Turkey), Letter to Annelies Beck, 15 August 2016
the big boon marathon
Final event of Boon!2012 in honour of Louis Paul Boon, who would have turned one hundred in 2012. On 7 October 2012, dozens of readers, authors and artists paid tribute to Boon for a day and an evening at the Royal Flemish Theatre.
In the afternoon, fragments from the work of Boon were read aloud by Boon enthusiasts Kristien De Proost, Jan Van Imschoot, Willem van Zadelhoff, Yves Van Durme, Bruno De Wachter, Julien Bal, Lieve Franssen, MarQ Willems, Paul Buekenhout, Walter Van Looveren, Jacques De Decker, Piet Maris, Gérard de Sélys, Joël Neyt, music trio Dempsey (Leiden), Chris Lomme, Matthijs de Ridder, Els Moors, Bart Van Holsbeeck, Johan Reyniers, Pascal Verbeken, Cees Derlagen, Corine Larochelle, Filip Van Zandycke, Bart Vonck, Michaël R. Roskam, STIJN, Frank De Crits, Aza Declercq, Ivo Kuyl and Mieke Verdin. Various faces of Boon were presented: the 'Artist', the 'Anarchist', the 'Moralist', the 'Humorist', the 'Pessimist' and the 'dirty old man'. Ppresentation, Annabelle Van Nieuwenhuyse.
In the evening there were readings by Herman Brusselmans, Kristien Hemmerechts, Josse De Pauw, Chokri Ben Chikha, Peter Verhelst, Mauro Pawlowski, Jeroen Olyslaegers, Ivo Michiels (see video below), Caroline Lamarche, Thomas Rosenboom, Paul Vincent, Marie Hooghe, Jonathan Coe, Jo Boon, Per Holmer. At the end of the evening, Louis Paul Boon was posthumously awarded the Passa Porta Noble Prize, an honour previously given to such literary greats as Borges, Kafka and Claus. Son Jo Boon accepted the prize from Jonathan Coe. Presentation, Anna Luyten.
ORG International house of literature Passa Porta, Flemish-Dutch House deBuren, Cobra.be, the City of Aalst and the Royal Flemish Theatre, with thanks to the Louis Paul Boon Centre (University of Antwerp)
Watch the evening's conclusion below, including the awards ceremony and tribute by British writer Jonathan Coe.