latest update 7th January, 2004 (click for Dutch version)
Asked what his plans were for his residency, he answered: "As a generalist in heart and bones I'll try to produce as many styles as possible. My aim is a recognizably personal usage of language. Although I'm not necessarily extrovert, I like performing my work in public. It would of course be brilliant to have my work collected in a volume at the end of the year. My predecessors Daniël Dee and Petra Else Jekel set a good example for me."
That was then, this is now and Laan has been succeeded by first Guido van der Wolk, then Annelieke van Mens.
On 5th December 2002 Badans (Badance) appeared, thus granting Laan's wish for a poetry book containing his residency work.
For more information about the University's poets-in-residence go to: http://www.rug.nl/corporate/universiteit/kunstencultuur/huisdichter/index and please browse www.google.com for more information on Gertjan Laan.
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