Antjie Krog as WiR in Amsterdam

Writer-in-residence programme 2019

9 January 2019

South African poet and author Antjie Krog will be living and working in Amsterdam from 21 January to 20 February, at the invitation of the Dutch Foundation for Literature. As well as being a writer worthy of the Nobel Prize for literature, Krog is a consummate literary performer. During her stay she will give a series of performances in the Netherlands and Belgium, including appearances during Poetry Week.

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Ghayath Almadhoun writer in residence at NIAS

9 January 2019

From January until July 2019, Syrian poet Ghayath Almadhoun (Damascus, 1979) will stay at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) in Amsterdam as writer in residence. During his stay he will be working on his fifth book of poetry in Arabic, an extensive text of life, love in the wartime, memories that became home, and the exile as background of the new wave of literature.

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Quality Non-Fiction from Holland
10 Books from Holland, Spring 2018
Children's Books from Holland, Spring 2018


Enchanting Verses

Dutch Poetry in Translation

(Issue XXVI, 2017)

A special edition enumerating Dutch poetry over the past century till date has been…

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Eva Meijer

The Limits of My Language

(Cossee, 2019)

Much has been written about the treatment of depression, less about its meaning.…

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Mirthe van Doornik

Other People’s Mothers

(Prometheus, 2018)

In Other People’s Mothers, Mirthe van Doornik tells the story of two sisters, Kine and…

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Erna Sassen

Don’t Tell Me What I Am

(Leopold, 2017)

A schoolgirl suffering from a burnout tries to understand and process her traumatic…

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A Poetic Water Journey

Babs Gons

5 November 2018

Only when I’m standing in the middle of the Fugard Theater in Capetown, with in my hands the colourful programme of the Open Book Festival, do I start to realise what an enormous festival this is. This is a place where hundreds of writers, poets, activists, dancers, playwrights and journalists come together to give readings, do performances, book signings and have discussions with each other and the audience.

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