Subsidy for two literary games

Literature and games come together in innovative productions

22 January 2016

The Game Fund and the Dutch Foundation for Literature are jointly subsidizing two literary games. Flemish writer Joost Vandecasteele is collaborating with indie game studio Happy Volcano to create a game in which the gameplay determines the course of a dark story. In the game ‘Puzzling Poetry’ by Studio Louter and poet Lucas Hirsch, players transform poems.

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Hans Christian Andersen Award

Ted van Lieshout and Marit Törnqvist on the shortlist

21 January 2016

Ted van Lieshout and Marit Törnqvist are on the shortlist of the Hans Christian Andersen Award 2016, the highest international recognition for authors and illustrators of children’s books. This is the second nomination for Van Lieshout, who was also nominated in 2014. He now shares his nomination with authors Cao Wenxuan (China), Louis Jensen (Denmark), Mirjam Pressler (Germany) and Lois Lowry (USA).

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10 Books from Holland, Autumn 2015
Frankfurt 2016
Quality Non-Fiction from Holland
Children's Books - Spring 2015


Jeroen Brouwers

The Wood

(Atlas Contact, 2014)

Jeroen Brouwers explores one of the darkest chapters in our recent history: the sexual…

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Jan Brokken

Die Vergeltung

(Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2015)

The Reprisal is an unforgettable examina­tion in microcosm of the Second World War and…

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Edward van de Vendel

Then Came Sam

(Querido Kinderboeken, 2011)

‘Seeing him was always a surprise, because he was so beautiful and white, and a little…

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Rumble on the Nile

Jamal Mahjoub

10 August 2015

The first house we lived in after moving to Khartoum had an air of danger to it. There was something there that never felt right. A small rock garden by the entrance held over a dozen types of cactus. Some had big flat leaves, others furry yellow spines that stuck to your fingers and were impossible to remove. We were warned not to play there for fear of scorpions. It could have been a scorpion that killed the duck we kept in the back garden. We liked to think it was a snake after having discovered a sloughed off skin, dessicated and translucent, sitting on top of some dusty packing cases in the disused garage. Our cat staggered in one morning foaming at the mouth with rabies. There were dark corners in that house and it was overshadowed by the ghost of the previous occupant, a man who had managed to electrocute himself by carrying a standing lamp out onto the damp lawn one evening to read by.

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