Episode 30: Gerard StoutFirst aired: Tuesday, 24 March 2015 at 17.00 hours
Gerard Stout received the prestigious “Grote Cultuur Prijs van Drenthe” 2014. Stout is considered the most prolific writer of Drenthe this time, although he also, and increasingly, writes in Dutch. By his criticism of the contemporary use of the Drenthe, a group of Drenthe language promoters felt that he should give back the price.
He received an open letter on his doormat. Stout would only understand with family and friends in the Drenthe and conduct a crusade against the dialect. The acclaimed writer Stout muses not to refund the price (and associated cash prize of € 10,000).
Gerard Stout is in his work entirely himself and is often in his village Erica. With his distinctive and compelling idiom in which birth and death often cruel and sinister way are connected, he paints the relationships in rural areas. His sentences hang like dark clouds over an overly sweet looking landscape. Who hears him read his own work, the same authenticity of other regional language virtuosos hear as Ede Staal and Herman Finkers.
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