Anne Provoost

Anne Provoost (born 26 July 1964) is a Flemish author who now lives in Antwerp with her husband and three children.

Anne Provoost
Anne Provoost
Anne Provoost
Born26 July 1964 (age 54)


Anne Provoost was born in the Belgian town of Poperinge. She grew up in a family of four children in West Flanders and went on to pursue Germanic studies at the linked universities of Kortrijk and Leuven. Although she had been writing stories since childhood, she thought nothing of it until she began to win competitions while a student. She continued her education with a one-year course in pedagogics and then, having married Manu Claeys, went to join him in Minneapolis, where he was studying American literature. During this time, she started contributing to Belgian and American children's newspapers and also wrote her first novel, My Aunt is a Pilot Whale (1991), which is set in the USA. She returned to Belgium in 1989 and worked part-time for an international exchange organisation, but after the success of her second novel, Falling, she decided to become a full-time writer.

Anne Provoost is known for remaking myths, folk tales, fairy tales, and bible stories. Once a year, she writes a letter to Hans Christian Andersen answering one of his stories.[1] Apart from being a novelist, Provoost also writes essays on literature and children's literature[2] as well as short stories. Her work, originally published in Dutch, has been translated into many European languages as well as Afrikaans, Amharic, Arabic and Turkish.

She was made a member of The Royal Academy of Dutch Language and Literature in 2003. In June 2007, she was a candidate for the Senate for the Flemish Green Party.[3]

The novels

Anne Provoost is counted as a novelist for young adults and her stories are usually related by youngsters from their slightly puzzled point of view. The first two of her books dealt with controversial themes. In My Aunt is a Pilot Whale it is sexual abuse. Her second novel, Falling (1994), deals with the allure of neo-Nazi rhetoric. Both these won awards and critical acclaim, particularly Falling, which has been adapted three times for theatre and was made into an English-language feature film in 2001.

In 1997 Provoost retold the fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast in The Rose and the Swine, set in mediaeval Antwerp. In the Shadow of the Ark (2001) is an account of the biblical story of Noah told from the perspective of a teenage girl who was not chosen to survive the deluge. Both these take a critical look at the traditional religious mind-set, a theme she has taken further in her essay Beloved Unbelievers: Atheist Sermon (2008), in which she makes a plea for organisation in the face of right-wing Christian fundamentalism.[4]

Her newest novel, Looking into the Sun, was published 2007. It is the story of a young girl living on an Australian farm with her mother, who has bad eyesight and knows she may be going blind. Her father has died after a fall from a horse and the mother tries but fails to keep the farm going.


  • My Aunt Is a Pilot Whale (1990) (ISBN 0-88961-202-1)[1]
  • Falling (1994) (ISBN 1-86448-444-6)[2]
  • The Rose and the Swine (1997) [3]
  • In the Shadow of the Ark (2001) (ISBN 0-425-21102-9)[4]
  • Looking into the Sun (2007) (ISBN 978-90-789-8032-2)[5]


  • Second Letter to Hans Christian Andersen [6]
  • Bad endings for children. Hopelessness and consolation; growing up, willing or not [7]
  • So here's the bad news. The child as an antagonist (PDF)
  • Identification in Falling. If goblins don't exist... [8]

Film adaptations


  • 1991 - Belgium, Boekenleeuw for My Aunt is a Pilot Whale
  • 1991 - Belgium, Prijs Letterkunde van de Vlaamse Provincies - Jeugd- en kinderboek, for My Aunt is a Pilot Whale
  • 1995 - The Netherlands, Woutertje Pieterse Prijs for Falling
  • 1995 - Belgium, Boekenleeuw for Falling
  • 1995 - International, Honour list IBBY for Falling
  • 1995 - Belgium, Gouden Uil voor kinder- en jeugdliteratuur for Falling
  • 1995 - The Netherlands, Zilveren Griffel for Falling
  • 1995 - International, Special mention White Ravens for Falling
  • 1996 - Belgium, Prijs Letterkunde van de Vlaamse Provincies - Jeugd- en Kinderboek for Falling
  • 1997 - France, Shortlist Prix du Lecteur of Mans and Sarthe for Falling
  • 1998 - International, Honour list IBBY for The Rose and the Swine
  • 1998 - Belgium, Shortlist for Gouden Uil for The Rose and the Swine
  • 1998 - Belgium, Boekenleeuw for The Rose and the Swine
  • 1998 - The Netherlands, Gouden Zoen for The Rose and the Swine
  • 2000 - Germany, Luchs-Award from Die Zeit for The Rose and the Swine
  • 2000 - Germany, Prijs van Nordrhein-Westfalen for My Aunt is a Pilot Whale, Falling and The Rose and the Swine
  • 2000 - Belgium, Lavki-award for Falling, a 5-yearly award of the city of Hasselt
  • 2001 - Austria, Sonderpreis from the Jury der Jungen Leser for The Rose and the Swine'
  • 2002 - The Netherlands, Gouden Zoen for In the Shadow of the Ark
  • 2002 - Belgium, Boekenwelp for In the Shadow of the Ark
  • 2002 - Belgium, Longlist Gouden Uil for In the Shadow of the Ark
  • 2004 - USA, Children's Book Sense Picks for In the Shadow of the Ark
  • 2005 - Belgium, Prijs Letterkunde van de Provincie West-Vlaanderen - Jeugd- en Kinderboek for In the Shadow of the Ark
  • 2005 - International, Longlist International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for In the Shadow of the Ark
  • 2007 - The Netherlands, Longlist LIBRIS-award for Looking into the Sun
  • 2007 - The Netherlands, Shortlist Halewijn-award in Roermond for Looking into the Sun
  • 2008 - The Netherlands, Woman&Culture Award for Looking into the Sun.
  • 2009 - Belgium, the 3-yearly Culture Award of Flanders for Looking into the Sun.

See also


  1. ^ Read a translation of her second letter on her website
  2. ^ So here's the Bad News: the Child as Antagonist (2004) is available on her website
  3. ^ The material for this article is largely gathered from the author's website and the article on her on the Dutch Wikipedia
  4. ^ Further details on the Anne Provoost website


External links


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Falling (1994) (orig. Dutch Vallen) is a novel by the Flemish author Anne Provoost.

Flemish literature

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There is no award for 1960, as the award was then no longer named for the year of production of the book, but the year of the ceremony (i.e. one year later). Between 1966 and 1971, two awards were given, one for books for readers of ten years or less, and one for older readers. Until 1986, one or two awards were given, but without age categories. Since 1986, only one Gouden Griffel per year is awarded. No awards were given in 1967.

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The concept of the Demiurge in some versions of ancient Gnosticism also often portrayed the Demiurge as a generally evil entity.

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Poperinge (also spelled Poperinghe in the past) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of West Flanders, Flemish Region, and has a history going back to medieval times. The municipality comprises the city of Poperinge proper and surrounding villages. The area is famous for its hops and lace.


Provoost is a surname, and may refer to:

Jan Provoost (1465–1529), Flemish painter

Samuel Provoost (1742–1815), third Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, USA

Anne Provoost (born 1964), Belgian author

William Provoost (aka 'Guilliame Provoost') (fl. 1556–1607), Protestant in Antwerp who fled religious persecution and his descendants settled in New Amsterdam (now New York) in the early 1600s

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