Cornelis Vleeskens -
Born: 1948 Scheveningen, Netherlands. Arrived in Australia: 1958. Died 11 May 2012.
Cornelis was schooled at Marist Brothers Parramatta. He studied for a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in English at the universities of Sydney and Queensland.
He travelled widely in South-East Asia, Hong Kong and Japan and has worked mainly as a psychiatric and geriatric nurse. He began writing in English, made some attempts to write in Dutch between 1979 and 1984 and then began writing predominantly in Dutch in 1987. he has written more than 25 books of poetry and prose.
Cornelis left his mark in many fields as a prolific writer, visual poet, artist, poet, collagist, translator, editor, and publisher. His visual work has been exhibited in Australia, USA and Europe. He wrote using words and visual images or a mixture of the two. Vleeskens' work is often elliptical and allusive and frequently draws on his Dutch heritage.
His first published book was "Hongkong Suicide" (1976) and published over twenty five books since then.