Dirk van Weelden


Born in Zeist, 1957. After his studies of philosophy he committed to writing. In 1987 he debuted together with Martin Bril with Arbeidsvitaminen, het ABC van Bril & Van Weelden. In 1989 he debuted again, now on his own, with: Tegenwoordigheid van geest. After this followed Mobilhome (1991), Oase (1994),  Antonius Servadac ((94), Orville (97) Van Hier Naar Hier (1999) Looptijd (2003), Straatsofa (2005), Tempo (2007) Het Middel (2007), De Wereld van 609 (2008) and Een Maand in Manhattan (2009), which is a journal of a stay in New York for a four parts documentary series (The New York Connection) about the present and history of New York by Roel van Dalen (by the Dutch public broadcaster the Avro), in which Van Weelden acted as a storyteller/presenter. In 2013 the novel Het Laatste Jaar was published, based on his friendship and collaboration with Martin Bril. In 1992 he received the Multatuliprijs for his novel Mobilhome. And in 1999 he was awarded with the Frans Kellendonk-prijs for his body of work. Between 1991 and 2000 he was the editor of the Mediamatic Magazine about art, new media and digital culture. For NRC Handelsblad, Vrij Nederland, Het Parool, Archis, Items, Metropolis M he wrote about visual arts, photography, literature, architecture and media. He made books with visual artists, photographers and architects. From 1999 onwards he is the editor of De Gids (founded in 1837). Next year his novel Als je dit leest will become available. He works and lives in Amsterdam.