Hans & Monique Hagen
- Café Amsterdam VI: Six revelations
Date: Sun 4 September Time: 7:00 pm Venue: le Café, UCCA
Life and work
Hans Hagen has worked as a teacher of Dutch and history, for a theatre group, for a children’s magazine and for various radio and television programs including Sesame Street. A full-time writer since 1987, he is best known for his Jubelientje books. His work includes historical novels and poetry collections for young people, such as I Paint You in Words. He has also written several books along with his wife Monique Hagen, including the well-known You are the sweetest. Many of Hans Hagen’s books have won prizes, including the Gouden Griffel, the Zilveren Griffel, the Vlag & Wimpel and the Woutertje Pieterse Prize.
Monique Hagen, together with her husband, writes poetry, non-fiction and fiction for children of all ages. Monique is well known as a television personality. Hans often finds the inspiration for his books by visiting the Middle East and Africa. Since 1992 Hagen’s work has regularly been awarded prizes, most importantly the Gouden Griffel for The Dance of the Drummers (2004).
Jij bent de liefste
These delightful, accessible poems for young children are illustrated in a rich and romantic style. More than 160,000 copies have been sold in the Netherlands alone.
Translation in Chinese
Hagen, Hans. Hagen, Monique. [(Jij bent de liefste)] Chinese / translated from Dutch by Aurea Sison. Beijing: Beijing Yuanliu Classic Culture, in preparation since 2008.