Invidual residences

CAROLINE LIGTHART

From Friday, 17 May 2019 to Monday, 27 May 2019

CAROLINE LIGTHART
Television researcher
Amsterdam

Bio

Caroline Ligthart is a freelance television researcher. Documentaries about looted art during World War II, traveling with Redmond O’Hanlon following the footsteps of 19th century explorers, or series about raising children; Caroline likes the diversity of the work. It all comes down to the same thing: interest in people. Why did they choose a certain lifestyle, why do they behave like they do, what are the consequences of deeds of your grandparents, etc.

Caroline explored a wide range of writing disciplines. Poetry, Theatre, Short Stories, Prose, Lyrics and Children’s books. She loves them all. But most impressive to her was to experience how children reacted to Tizzy get’s the cruncher, a cheery and optimistic book about having cancer. To be able to console and distract children with her creativity is something Caroline is very grateful for. She is a volunteer in hospitals, where she writes with children.

She received various literary prices for her work, and was nominated for the best female debute of 2011.

Caroline lives with great joy on her houseboat in the center of Amsterdam.

Project

My stay at Faber gives me the opportunity to experiment and explore different kinds of storylines to find out how I can best continue and give voice to my aspirations in writing for children. As Tizzy get’s the cruncher was totally written in one intuitive flow, I already experienced that with this book it works totally different. So at Faber I will continue to work on my plot, and apply a more structural way of working.

I miss

Getting up at seven to go for a swim in the pool, having a wonderful breakfast with the other early birds, the exchange of thoughts, going up to my desk in front of the window with the overwhelming view that 100% meets my needs of light and space, the fresh air blowing in from the open terrace door, writing my butt off though it feels like a holiday, going to the mountains to rethink my work, taking a different path every day – in my head, in the fields – coming back to a clean room, silently thanking the woman who takes the effort to do this for me, the Faber people who are there to help in every way, the results of my writing, going for a stroll in the afternoon, maybe to the city centre this time, up to the volcano, enjoying the overview – in heart, head and work – appreciating this gift that was given to me, joining the other writers at the table at eight, being able to eat delicious meals without having to do the grocery shopping, the cooking, the dishes, gathering together in the apartment to listen to a presentation from one of the others, discussing one another’s work, appreciating each other’s minds, hearing background stories about other countries, having an early night to be able to get up at 6.45 the next day to start all over again. But not before diving into the foam of the perfect bath-tub where I leave my day behind.

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