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Johan Veenstra

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Johan Veenstra (born 6 January 1946) is an author, poet, columnist and former radio host from the Dutch province Friesland known for his work in his mother tongue Stellingwervian Low German, for which he was made Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau.

Personal life[edit]

Veenstra was born on 6 January 1946[1][2] in the maternity hospital of Wolvega, Weststellingwerf[3] in the Saxon part of Friesland, as sole child of an unmarried mother.[4] He grew up in Nijeholtpade in the same municipality, where he still lives.[4][1] Veenstra only discovered the identity of his father, as well as the existence of his half-brother, after his mother's death—a subject that features in some of his poetry, such as the poem Breur,[lower-alpha 1][3] and in his autobiographical novel Een brogge van glas,[5][6] in which he also writes about his homosexuality.[6]

His work[edit]

Veenstra is one of the core members[7] and best-known writers[8][4][2] of the Stellingwarf linguistic movement. In 2001, he became Knight in the Order of Orange Nassau for his work in and for the Stellingwarfs dialect.[4][8] His debut novel Een vlinder van zulver (1981) was the first regional-language literature in the Netherlands to feature modern literary devices such as flashbacks and stream of consciousness.[7]

Veenstra made his debut as regional-language writer in 1971 as columnist in the Leeuwarder Courant.[2] He also wrote and read weekly columns ("Stellingwarver Stiekelstokkies") on Omrop Fryslân's radio.[4] A selection of these were published as books with accompanying audio tape in 1991, 1993 and 1995.[4] In 2001, a selection of 24 columns was released on CD.[4]


  • Wilde Gaanzen, stories and poetry, 1974
  • Fluitekruud, stories, 1977
  • As de wilde roze bluuit, poetry, 1979
  • Een vlinder van zulver, roman, 1981
  • Naachs goelen de honnen, roman, 1984
  • Lamert en Lutske, stories, 1987
  • De toren van De Lichtmis, stories, 1988
  • Lamert, Lutske en Doerak, stories, 1990
  • Stellingwarver Stiekelstokkies, radio columns, 1991
  • De boot naor Valhöll, verhaelen, 1992
  • Stellingwarver Stiekelstokkies 2, radio columns, 1993
  • Sletel parredies, poetry, 1994
  • Stellingwarver Stiekelstokkies 3, radio columns, 1995
  • Een meenske is gien eerpel, stories, 1997
  • Verrassend Stellingwarfs, stories, 1998
  • Toegift, roman, 1999
  • Winterlaand, poetry, 2001
  • Wonder boven wonder, folkstry, 2002
  • De wereld is gek, stories, 2004

External links[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. Published as part of the poetry collection Winterlaand
  1. 1.0 1.1 Veenstra, Johan. "Biografie van de schriever". www.johan-veenstra.nl. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 van den Bremen, Joop. "STREEKTAALMUZIEK in FRIESLAND". www.streektaalzang.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 8 June 2018.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Steenmeijer-Wielenga, Tineke (2002). "Johan Veenstra, syn wurk en plak yn de Stellingwerver beweging" [Johan Veenstra, his work and place in the Stellingwarf movement]. Trotwaer (in West-Frisian). 34 (2): 79–92.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 "Veenstra, Johan". www.sirkwy.frl (in Frysk). Tresoar. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  5. "Een vrouw van ivoor: de ni'jste roman van Johan Veenstra! – StellingPlus.nl". www.stellingplus.nl (in Nederlands). Stichting Stellingwarver Schrieversronte. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Vooren, Marjan van der. "Ynterview Johan Veenstra - Rink van der Veldepriis" (pdf). www.smallingerland.nl (in West-Frisian). Retrieved 8 June 2018.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  7. 7.0 7.1 Veenbaas, Jabik (2006). "8: Experiment versus psychologie. Het proza na de jaren zestig". In Opperwal, Teake; Meerburg, Babs Gezelle; Krol, Jelle; Steenmeijer-Wielenga, Tineke. Zolang de wind van de wolken waait : geschiedenis van de Friese literatuur (in Nederlands). Amsterdam: Bakker. pp. 254–255. ISBN 9035130170. Retrieved 8 June 2018. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Johan Veenstra vertelt verhalen". Steenwijker Courant (in Nederlands). 26 March 2017. Retrieved 8 June 2018.

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