joost van der spek
consultant storytelling & heritage
If there is a story to be told, I get involved. From exhibition outlines to books, from film scripts to soundscapes, and from exhibition texts to documentaries.
There is nothing like telling stories. Weird, poignant, amazing, old or new: just as long as there is a story in there that moves me. It has always been like this. In primary school, I wrote long compositions and devoured all of Thea Beckman’s historical novels. Much later, I had to choose between journalism and history. Two different approaches to storytelling. I picked history, but my internship was with a newspaper, the Haagsche Courant.
After graduation, good jobs were hard to find, so I founded Tekst & Inhoud, my own journalistic and historical research agency. For nine years, it was my platform to launch beautiful stories. Solid as befits an historian, and accessible, as befits a journalist. Books, articles, a game, a cookery book, a television programme… and many of these projects had an historical angle. In addition I did journalistic work and commercial copywriting.
Being my own boss suited me fine. It was a perfect mix of independence, challenge and freedom. But after nine years, it started to feel a little lonely, too. It was time for something new: Tinker. And had I been aware that such treasure houses of stories existed, I might have made the switch much earlier. Over the past seven years I have told the most diverse stories, written scripts and developed concepts. And I still have many stories left to tell.