Who is Mathijs Deen?

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Mathijs Deen is coming to Forum Groningen today to talk about his books and other work. We are very happy to welcome him, but before we start the interview it is important to know who Mathijs Deen actually is, as well as what he has done. The board decided to do some online research and give you a summary of what we’ve found, so you already know a few things about him before the interview tonight!


Born in Hengelo and raised in Boekelo, Deen studied Dutch Language and Culture in Groningen. We currently know him as the Guest Writer of the RUG but he also writes his own books, records audiobooks and makes radio for the VPRO.


His radio career started at Radio Noord in Groningen, where he learnt all the ins and outs of how to make radio. After that, Deen switched to the VPRO where he mainly focussed on radio documentaries, working for the history documentary OVT on Sunday mornings at Radio 1. 


In an interview with Tubantia, which you can read here, Deen states that if someone asks him about his profession, he’ll say he’s a radio maker because he still feels very shy about his authorship. The reason?  His pride in being a writer: he always wanted to be an author and now he actually is one.


Deen’s most recent book is called De Grenzeloze Rivier, in which he takes the reader to the twilight zone between fact and fiction, science and imagination. In one of his other books called Over oude wegen, in which he writes about the roads connecting Europe. According to his page on the RUG Website, Deen uses unexpected characters and events to connect the present and the past.


We hope we have informed you enough about Mathijs Deen so that you already have a bit of knowledge about him for the interview tonight. The event starts at 20:00 and will take place in Wonderland in Forum Groningen. You can still sign up on the website. Hope to see you there!



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