“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles.”
Jack Kerouac, writer
I am a Dutch, 1962 born female novelist, poet, script writer, performer, photographer and film maker. I am also a world citizen and traveler and I live and work in the company of other writers and artists on art projects in several disciplines. But most of all, I am just a human being. Vulnerable and moved by the perils society brings to so many, moved by injustice and mvoed inequality. I sincerely hope that my art contributes to a better world, to more understanding and more openness. My life and work is dedicated to art an humanity. I reject violence and am against all arms. I am a pacifist and I urge all people to be pacifist too. I am not connected to any political party (anymore) or any religion (anymore). I will never accept a formal position in any organization if there is a risk of limiting my freedom of speech and freedom to write. I accept people who do not agree with me or my work but that does not mean that I will ever withhold my opinions about anything I desire to discuss through my art and writings. I will not step aside unless being truly convinced by reason.
I am, together with my colleague writer Eveline van de Putte, founder of Art & Friends, the Dutch Bloomsbury Group inpsired free artist movement focussing on meeting, sharing and inspiring each other and the general public through art.
My name is Alice Anna Verheij (I am also using the pseudonym Anna Ros), and apart from being an artiste I am also an independent film maker and free lance documentary journalist. After nearly twenty five years working in Telecoms, Automation and Business Consultancy I changed my life at mid life. Life changing events took me to hospital and from that I have made a difficult recovery. The last ten years have been influenced highly by those experiences and the unwanted aftermath, and they have also formed me and what I do nowadays.
In recent years I have come across the situation of the Bhutanese people living in exile, largely being disregarded by international press, media and politics. Currently tenths of thousands are being resettled in western countries like the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Denmark, the UK and the Netherlands. In the largest third country resettlement project of the United Nations ever. I decided some time ago to make a feature length documentary about this.
The work for the Headwind documentary project (please check www.headwindfilm.com and www.empowermentfoundation.nl) has pushed my career in the direction of international journalism. I am listed with the Ducht Journalist Society (Nederlandese Vereniging van Journalisten) and Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontiers) and have published for diverse media in the Netherlands and Nepal both online and on paper.
My inspiration comes from a couple of people. Writers like Ernest Hemingway, my long time literal friend and Jack Kerouac. Jack Kerouac’s lines from the novel ‘On the road’ that you’ve read at the top of this page describe me because a person is best described by stating his or her loves, desires and cravings. These lines have become my motto in life. (I even actually own a typewriter of the exact same brand and model he wrote his last novels on, because I am like that). My greatest musical inspiration Natalie Merchant sang this to him:
Outside literature, the following words of Steve Jobs have always inspired me as well, because they also describe me very well.
Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers,
the round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules.
You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
But the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things.
They push the human race forward.
And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.
Because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the ones who do.
Next to my journalistic work I am dedicated to the advocacy human rights and especially of the Bhutanese refugees and the emancipation of lesbian and transgender women globally. I am communications manager for the Dutch based Non Governmental Organization ‘Empowerment Foundation‘ that supports minority and women groups globally with small scale projects and at the same time mirrors that effort to western society in books and other media productions.
For more information about my work and availability please contact me through social media, email or just call me. I am always interested in working for international media covering South Asia and specifically the Himalayan region. Want to know more? Google me, check me out on FaceBook (facebook.com/alice.verheij), Twitter (@aliceverheij) or contact me directly at:
+31 (0)6 1738 5526 (Netherlands) or when I am in Nepal on +977 9813 4645 11.
Please come back to this site regularly and do not hesitate to react if you feel the urge to do so!
Alice Anna Verheij
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