Maarten Maartens


The commemorative programme revolved around a SYMPOSIUM in the Zonheuvel conference centre, on the afternoon of Saturday 26 September 2016, with a short introductory programme in the Maarten Maartens House.

The programme included the following items:

  • Opening by the deputy mayor of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug Municipality, Jan Willem van Dongen, and unveiling of the Maarten Maartens Allee
  • ‘Writing at Zonheuvel. The story of Maarten Maartens’, by storyteller Anne van Delft
  • Appearance by André van Zwieten, town poet of Wijk bij Duurstede, including a poem written especially for the commemoration

“What I still wanted to write to you”

  • SYMPOSIUM about Maartens’ body of ideas, the themes in his work and his literary legacy. The host was Dr. Bouwe Postmus, chairman of the Maarten Maartens Foundation, who also presented a collection he had compiled of Maartens’ short stories that had never been published in book form before. Speakers at the symposium were:
    – Arjan Peters, literary critic and editor of de Volkskrant: In defiance of forgetting Maarten Maartens (pdf)
    – Dr Hendrik Breuls, PhD in Maartens in 2004: Lecture (pdf)
    – Dr Anna Christina Giovanopoulos:  Lecture (pdf)
    – storyteller Anne van Delft with a reading of a short story by Maartens: Her last word (pdf)