Chris Van Camp
Chris Van Camp (Antwerp, 1963) prefers to sum up her biography as: ‘she wrote everything she could get away with writing.’ Which basically describes her professional life. She left home at seventeen and worked as a copywriter while studying communication at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. The métier of writing intrigues her. Each time she had more or less mastered a discipline, she took up a new writing challenge. She published an unusual travel magazine, with stinging remarks about the business’ soft spots, she fell under the spell of the new media and webtv and compensates online what for her is a complete lack of good interviews, literature and theatre on the traditional media.
In everything that she does she enters into battle with the current hypocrisy of the time, something that soon leads to her speaking her mind. About a dozen years ago she earned notoriety as columnist through her pieces on Mondays in the newspaper, De Morgen. Her columns were published by Van Halewijck as a collection entitled Wild camperen op maandag (2005). She also has a radio column on in Ramblas, a programme on Klara (the VRT’s classical station), various columns on blogs and in magazines and finally a column in Knack, a weekly current affairs magazine.
It’s mostly culture and especially fighting against the rising distaste for everything cultural that Chris Van Camp goes out on a limb to defend. Thanks to the liberating effect of her Radio book Mensen zoals wij, (People like us) in which she finally reveals the secret of her existence as an outlaw writer, she writes more and more fiction. She collaborates on TV scripts, writes theatre monologues (Loverboy, Borderline and Back to School) and prequels and sequels in book form for films and series.
Chartres has been close to her heart ever since she did research for a TV series on Europe’s greatest mysteries. What can old, hidden knowledge mean in our daily life? Can a labyrinth point the way to oneself?
Interview with Chris van Camp in Chartres: