Walter van den Broeck


Walter van den Broeck about Turnhout

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Walter van den Broeck (1941) is one of the best-known postwar Flemish authors and playwrights. His breakthrough came with the novel Brief aan Boudewijn (Letter to Boudewijn) (1980). Van den Broeck’s magnum opus is the four-part cycle Het beleg van Laken (The Siege of Laken), completed in 1999), of which Brief aan Boudewijn is the prelude. Van den Broeck was co-founder and a member of the editorial team of the magazine Heibel and an editor of the Nieuw Vlaams Tijdschrift. In Olen, his birth town, as in his current home Turnhout, he has been made an honorary citizen.

Since 2008, van den Broeck has also been a member of the Koninklijke Academie voor Nederlandse taal- en Letterkunde (Royal Academy for Dutch Linguistics and Literature). He won the triennial state prize for his collected theatre works in 1982, the Henriëtte Roland Holst prize in 1982 for Brief aan Boudewijn and the triennial Prijs van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap voor Prosa for Het beleg van Laken 4 in 1993.