From 1985 to 1988, he studied Dutch language and literature at the University of Utrecht, and in 1988 he won the public’s prize and the best personality prize at the Cabaret Festival in Leiden.
This was the start of Bijlo’s successful career as a stand-up comedian. He wrote many theatre shows, from Made in Braille in 1989 to his current tour of Het nieuwe nu (The New Present). In 2016, he appears together with The Rosettis, his wife Mariska Reijmerink is one of its members, in Op Woeste Hoogte (Wuthering Heights), a musical theatre production about the Brontё family.
Vincent is a well-known radio presenter and columnist. Nowadays, he writes every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday a column for the Algemeen Dagblad, one of the Dutch national newspapers.
Dutch publishing house De Arbeiderspers published his four novels: Het instituut in 1998, Achttienhoog in 2001, De woordvoerder in 2003 and De Ottomaanse herder in 2009.
Because of his appearances in the theatre, on radio and TV, and through his columns and novels, Vincent Bijlo has become a household name in the Netherlands.
Holland Park Press is delighted to republish his novel Het instituut in Dutch, and even more so, to publish the English translation under the title The Institute.
Watch Vincent Bijlo singing and playing the grand piano at the launch reception in the Dutch Embassy London.
More information about Vincent Bijlo can be found on his website.
Photo by: Jurjen Alkema