Bregje Hofstede takes up residence in Dragon Hall Cottage at the National Centre for Writing Norwich. She will be working on her new novel – working title De oplossing van Hadewych (The Hadewych Solution). Dragon Hall will be the ideal location, as the Middle Ages feature large in the novel while Norwich is the most complete mediaeval English town to have survived. She will do research here on mediaeval mysticism and religion and contemporary Europe.
Bregje Hofstede is a novelist, journalist and art historian from Amsterdam. She made her debut in 2014 with De hemel boven Parijs (The Sky over Paris), which was nominated for several prizes and was translated into Danish and German. Her next book was the non-fiction title De herontdekking van het lichaam. Over de burn-out (The Rediscovery of the Body. On the Burnout), published in 2016, and in 2018 her second novel Drift (Drive) appeared, which was nominated for the Libris Literature Prize, one of the largest Dutch literary prizes. Translation rights have been sold to Germany.
On Wednesday 9 October she will be interviewed together with Dutch author Eva Meijer by Daniel Hahn at the National Centre for Writing.
The National Center for Writing was established in 2018 to encourage national and international literary exchange. The National Centre for Writing is based at Dragon Hall Cottage in Norwich, one of the 28 worldwide Unesco Cities of Literature. Dragon Hall was built in 1430 by merchant Robert Toppes, after which it grew into a true medieval trading center. The building has held various functions for the past five hundred years, until it was finally transformed into an international center for literary and cultural exchange in the 21 st century. In the accompanying Dragon Hall Cottage - a cottage with a garden - international writers find a temporary place to work quietly. The residency at the National Center for Writing is part of Wanderlust, the Dutch Foundation for Literature's programme for talent development in an international context.