Fantasy auteur Wouter van Gorp

Wouter van Gorp

Fantasy author Wouter van Gorp, winner of one of the famous Harland Awards

A classical languages teacher by day, Wouter van Gorp (1990) spends most of his time off-work writing fantasy, sci-fi and historical fiction. Publishing his own stories as well as writing for publishing houses, he has written novels and short stories both. His narratives, whether set in antiquity, outer space, made-up places or (a version of) our reality, always contain traces of Van Gorp’s trademark humour.

After publishing his debut, The Wanderers – part I: Spinner’s soldier (2015), first of what is to become an English epic fantasy series, Van Gorp has turned to writing short works of fiction, mainly in Dutch. He has written for some of the major short story competitions in the Netherlands, and has achieved high rankings and prizes with many of his stories. 2018 saw the publication of his second book: a collection of short stories titled Dusk Words (Dutch: Schemerwoorden).

In 2018 Van Gorp joined Nimisa Publishing, a cooperation of like-minded authors. In 2019 a second edition of his short story collection Dusk Words will appear at Nimisa Publishing.

Geert van der Pol

Geert van der Pol was born on the 18th of July 1962 in the city of Rotterdam. As soon as he could go outside by himself, his parents lost track of him all of the time, finding him back at the end riding some pony.It seemed only natural to exchange the hustle of the city for a more natural environment. Via Nijmegen, the hills of Limburg and the coast of France, Geert ended up in Breda, where he grew up, wandering through the forests around the city.

Besides his love for silence, horses and nature there was another unremitting need inside of him: expressing whatever he was seeing and experiencing.When he was a child he drew dragons in the sand with a little stick, while his statues of horsemen made from bound branches watched over his shell princess.

His expressive voyage of discovery continued and in 1990 he graduated from the art academy of Arnhem, main direction liberal arts.

Geert is still learning from horses and nature, his life-sized animal sculptures made of natural materials are scattered throughout the country and on a daily basis symbols are still scratched on paper with a little stick…

In 2019 Celtica Publishing will issue the illustrated fairytale The Flower Curse, a story with a deeper message, which makes it suitable for both adults and children.

The Flower Curse is a remarkable project by Mischa van Broekhoven as writer of the story and artist Geert van der Pol as designer both images and interior of the book.

fantasy schrijfster Femke de Vos

Femke de Vos

Do you just love fantasy, romance, plots and political games? Then the books by Femke De Vos may just be your thing!

In The Chronicles of Riona she takes you to a realm where gods and goddesses fight a mutual power play, where no one can be trusted and love never follows a rose-strewn path.

With her ornate style, extended characters and strong female protagonists her work forms a dreamt of bridge towards adult literature.
Young fans, be warned! An often heard of complaint is that the parents will steal these books before you will have finished them. These really are books meant for the entire family!

Femke de Vos (1990) is a real stickler. Her biggest pride and achievement is her capacity for writing. She knows it’s not ‘world literature’ that she writes – it is but the simple arranging of words and letters – something most people just take for granted and which is really, terribly under-appreciated.

Femke suffers from a type of dyslexia that means reading and writing cannot be taken for granted. Without continuous repetitive practice, she’d forget how to spell the most simple of words in just a few months. But she doesn’t let this stop her. Not one bit of it.

At sixteen she published her first book To Kamalla while she studied economy languages. She achieved her master in criminological sciences at Gent University and published the first part of The Chronicles of Riona.

At the moment Femke De Vos works as a strategic analyst for the federal police. This is where she analyses crime figures for the judicial district Halle-Vilvoorde and where she lets the ideas for all kinds of crime stories come to her.

Celtica Publishing has published parts one and two of The Chronicles of Riona; part three will hopefully see the light in 2019.

Fantasy schrijfster Atalanta Nèhmoura

Atalanta Nèhmoura

Fantasy author Atalanta Nèhmoura creates breathtaking fantasy

Atalanta Nèhmoura is a well known Dutch author of fantasy books. Her series of the Chronicles of Ulriach the Insane contains already six volumes. The seventh one will appear in spring 2020. The Chronicles of Ulriach are an epical quest about friendship, love, forgiveness and loyalty. Atalanta invented a highly stratified world with many cultures and nations. According to many; a joy to read.

For Dreams and Demons, a manuscript competition organised by Luitingh, a Dutch publisher, she wrote the novel: De Erfwachter. This epic story ended up in the Top 5 and was published by Nimisa in 2017.

Atalanta also cooperates with Mark van Dijk and Marieke Frankema in writing two books for children. This was the last wish of Melanie, a young woman who suffered from Louis-Bar disease and sadly passed away last year.

Rianne Werring

Nimisa author Rianne Werring presents her first novel

Rianne Werring (1988) is a literary theorist and manuscript doctor at www.midgard-manuscripten.nl. In 2018 she published Van Hoofdletter tot punt. Bullet Journal voor Schrijvers: a booklet designed to assist both aspiring and experienced writers through assignments, using checklists and tips & tricks. Her first novel, an adaptation of Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute, will be released in the spring of 2019.

Fantasy auteur Marieke Frankema

Marieke Frankema

Fantasy author Marieke Frankema is like a spider in a web

Marieke Frankema is best compared to a spider in a web, weaving all the different aspects of her life together. She writes, sings, acts, dances, teaches, is a voice actor and a mother and wife.

Her passion is telling stories, on paper as well as on stage, where she brings characters to life. She is the author of five books (fantasy, romance and children’s books) and in 2019, two more of her books will appear.

Her mission is to bring beauty to the world. The little sparks of magic that can be found in our daily lives, get a spotlight in her work. By that, she makes the normal world shine a bit more. Her readers get to join in the joy.

fantasy schrijfster Cathinca van Sprundel

Cathinca van Sprundel

Old myths come to life in the stories of Cathinca van Sprundel

Fantasy writer Cathinca van Sprundel brings old myths, fairytales and legends back to life with her stories. From the moment she could hold a pencil, she fell in love with writing. In 2017 she debuted with her first novel ‘De Vrouwe van Myrdin’ and this novel has captivated many dutch readers.

She gets her inspiration from myths, legends and fairytales. This summer, she presents a new novella: ‘De held van Anwyn’, a story with adventure, humour, special characters and a magical Otherworld.

Meet her at the writers market and discover the magic.

fantasy schrijfster Mischa van Broekhoven

Mischa van Broekhoven

Mischa van Broekhoven (1972) was born in Hulstand grew up in Terneuzen, Zeeuws-Vlaanderen, near the Belgian border.When she was a child she loved animals and stories in which she could lose herself. In a little notebook she wrote down three countries that she dreamed about visiting one day: Tanzania, Argentina and Lapland.

As an adolescent she made long walks with her dog along the Scheldt riverside, but her love for books was put aside for a while. It returned during her studies in Spanish language and literature in Nijmegen, just as her wanderlust. She started in Indonesia and from that point on she visited numerous countries, amongst of which two of her little list: Tanzania and Argentina.

The inner restlessness was also reflected in the jobs and activities that she had after finishing her studies: she worked for a travel agency, as a translator and a trademark researcher, as well as taking a language course in Welsh and doing voluntary work with felines and porpoises.This stage in her life seemed a little disorganised, but the most important components were always there: books and languages, nature and countries to dream about.

It was then that she discovered her biggest passion and started a course on writing children’s stories, taught by Bibi DumonTak, award-winning author. Afterwards she continued witha writing group led by Bibi.

With the arrival of her daughter a more quiet period has dawned. Mischa has been living and working in the Randstad for quite some time. However, plans are being made to visit Lapland one day…

In 2019 Celtica Publishing will issue the illustrated fairytale The Flower Curse, a story with a deeper message, which makes it suitable for both adults and children.

The Flower Curse is a remarkable project by Mischa van Broekhoven as writer of the story and artist Geert van der Pol as designer both images and interior of the book.

Dutch Warbow Society Castlefest

Dutch Warbow Society

Discover the English warbow at the DWS

The Dutch Warbow Society lets people discover the beautiful tradition of traditional bows.  

To show you the English longbow, the DWS created a demo-team. They will show you different kinds of arrows and their impact on different materials. Besides that, you’ll see how a group of archers would travel across the battlefield, led by their commander.

But, most important: you can try some archery yourself! With the help of the skilled members of the demo-team, you can try the English warbow. It is fun for all ages!


Greenthingz become Playmates

Greenthingz is getting a make-over: PLAYMATES!

Greenthingz is so much more than just being Green! Most people will recognize us from being our wonderful green selves, as we pick up trash and keep the festival grounds clean. But there’s so much more to us! So this year we decided to show you a different side of us. And to share one of our other great passions; playing games! And because we are setting up camp in one of the hottest spots (figuratively and literally haha) on the map this year, we
put our green heads together and put our thinking caps on. We’ll be adapting to you this year, as we paint our skins
human-coloured and become; The Playmates!

And because we were feeling a little rambunctious and rapscallious, we dug up our pirate-outfits! We’ll be working with “The Jolly Pirates”. We’ll be playing all sorts of silly, fun, crazy games with all you silly, fun, crazy people at Castlefest. You can find us at Meadow Fields. A true hotspot for all the true ‘die-hard’ Castlefest-fans! We’re going for a cosy, cooky, old British pub atmosphere. As our name suggests, you can come to find us and play a little game if you like. Weither you’re tipsy, topsy, turvy or sober! And best of all; if you try your very best, you can pick out a grand prize from our ‘swapmobile’! However..have you ever tried wiggling a prize away from a pirate? We might need a little convincing! Greenthingz and Jolly Pirates wish you an unforgettable year at Castlefest!


Visit the magical encampment of WizardWear

WizardWear will set up their magical encampment during Castlefest to give visitors a look inside a settlement from the Wizarding World. Come fight for house points and lead your house to victory by participating in the Quidditch game. Have a look into the daily life of Hogwarts students in their magical encampment. Chat with costume- and prop enthusiasts and see how they replicate props from the movies. You can even have your picture taken in WizardWear’s well-known photo booth.

steamnation Castlefest steampunk


Meet the crew of the BSS Phoenix at Castlefest

Steamnation is not your typical steampunk group. We are not simply individuals in a group. We are a team, all working under the command of Captain Glenwell. As an airship crew, we’re officially working in cargo delivery, a little less officially as smugglers of everything under the radar. All of us have diverse backgrounds, which at times crossed paths and locked together. We work as one, all with our own expertise, to make every job a success.

Meet the team

Our captain is the driving force behind the crew, he scores jobs and makes sure we get paid. Explorer and navigator John A. Wander plans the trip and gets us where we need to be. Absinthologist James greases our throats and will explain to you the wonderous world of Absinthe and unravel its mysteries. But beware, once he starts, there’s no stopping him and you’ll get to hear the complete history of the green liquid.
When we lose a limb, Doctor Elizabeth sews it back on so we don’t lose our heads. She’s always ready for a Game of Graces or other Victorian games and is also the Tiffin master at our sophisticated Victorian Tea duels. They can get very dangerous but never uncivilised. Try to beat our n°1, I dare you!
Stay away from Mr Brown, our cook. He’s as crazy as it gets! He’ll blow your fuse in the blink of an eye. But what he cooks up in his caboose is damn tasty! And then there’s yours truly, Nathaniël L Hetfield, chronicler for Steamnation. I might just be one of the most normal ones on the crew (cough..). Also, I’m in charge of our written stories. I stand guard over our reputation and pen down our adventures for generations to come. You’ll find them between the trumpery on my desk. Be on the lookout for my camera, as it captures your past, present and future on film. I will try to trick you into a steamfie.

Join us and the rest of the crew on our crazy adventures, join us for high tea, biscuits and gossip or a chat about steampunk and Steamnation.


CoZaCrea Peculiar Creations

A welcome entertainer on Castlefest for several years. Every year his self-designed creations attract many visitors to his beautiful machines. His steampunk style projects are mostly made from trash, junk and other discarded materials.

You will start to recognize more and more used items the longer you spend looking at his projects.  
Stop by and be amazed by the many fantastic elements at CoZaCrea Peculiar Creations.

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Heeren van Altena

This year, the yellow and red salmons will once more fly above the terrain of Castlefest. The Heeren van Altena will once again set up camp to take everyone back to medieval times. Experience the Altena of the late 15th century with its Burgundian inhabitants. Inside the camp you will meet all kinds of people and aspects of these times, which makes for a nice overall image of the 15th century.

Visit the Heeren’s armoury and see the different knight’s armours that are used in battle. Get to know everything about medieval weapons and defences of these times. Visit the tents of the artisans and witness how they managed to craft everyday products and objects with their bare hands. Meanwhile the cook is busy in the medieval kitchen, while several members sit around the tables telling stories of conquests and victories. 

The Heeren van Altena welcome all to visit their encampment.

Igor's Googelsjo Castlefest magie

Igor’s Googelsjo

MagixShow – Igor and the professor show their talents with alchemy, magic and a dysfunctional working relationship

Igor and the professor are back at Castlefest with their lab full of magical tests and experiments. A wonderful show where Igor tries to assist the professor in his work, but this doesn’t go well al the time…. Come and watch, laugh and wonder at a show with alchemy, magic and a dysfunctional working relationship.

Show times are shown at the show, so come by to see when they are there!