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Patrick Cornillie

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Patrick Cornillie (b. 1961) is a Flemish author and freelance journalist. He has published poetry, prose, cycling guides and books on the history of sport. He also writes pieces for Krant van West-Vlaanderen, and is a contributor to various sports magazines, including De Muur and The Low Countries (Ons Erfdeel).

Cornillie debuted in 1986 as a poet with the collection Bij wijze van afscheid (Yang Poëzie Reeks). Since then he has published more than 15 collections of poetry in which cycling is a recurrent theme. In 2014 he released De 100 mooiste wielergedichten uit de Vlaamse en Nederlandse literatuur, an anthology of cycling poems for which Cornillie selected work by Tom Lanoye and Gerrit Komrij, among others. In that same year Cornillie published Zwijg mij van de oevers van de IJzer! (Pen & Papier), the most recent collection of his own work.

Several of Cornillie’s poems have featured in literary reviews such as Deus Ex Machina, DW B and Poëziekrant. His poetry has won several awards, among others the Yang Poëzieprijs (1989) as well as nominations for the Melopee Poëzieprijs (2015 & 2016).

Besides poetry collections, Cornillie has published several books for children and young people, and he regularly releases cycling guides. In 2016 his literary cycling chronicle De weg naar Ghisallo: Dagboek van een wieltjeszuiger II was published by Les Iles.

During his residency in the Lijsternest, Cornillie will concentrate on Mijn rijwiel (1915), a book by Streuvels that has so far received little attention. In this literary gem, Streuvels describes his admiration for the bicycle’s magical technology.

 

Learn more about the author and his work on his website.

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