Mon 11 April 2016

Christophe Van Gerrewey wins European Union Prize for Literature

christophe van gerrewey © koen broosChristophe Van Gerrewey won the European Union Prize for Literature 2016 with his novel Op de hoogte (Up to date). For citybooks, Van Gerrewey visited the cities Hasselt and Genk. He wrote about his impressions in these Belgian neighbouring cities in his citybook Ten memories of Hasselt and Genk.



De European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL)

The aim of the European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) is to put the spotlight on the creativity and diverse wealth of Europe’s contemporary literature in the field of fiction, to promote the circulation of literature within Europe and encourage greater interest in non-national literary works. The Prize competition is open to the 37 countries currently involved in the Creative Europe Programme. Each year, national juries in a third of the participating countries nominate their winning authors, making it possible for all countries and language areas to be represented over a three-year cycle.

The EUPL is organised by the European and International Booksellers Federation, the European Writers' Council and the Federation of European Publishers , with the support of the European Commission .

The public awards ceremony takes place the 31.05.2016 in Brussel.


Christophe Van Gerrewey

Christophe Van Gerrewey studied architecture at Ghent University and literature at the KU University of Leuven. He is a member of OASE, a journal on architecture, and DWB, one of the oldest literary journals in Flanders, and has also published essays in other journals and newspapers. In 2008, Van Gerrewey won The Prize for Young Art Criticism in the category Review and Essay. In 2012, he made his debut with the novel Op de hoogte (Up to Date). The book was awarded the national Debut Prize and the East-Flanders Prize for Prose. In 2013, his second novel Trein met vertraging (A Delayed Train) was published and in 2015 Over alles en voor iedereen, (On everything and for everyone), a collection of essays.



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