Frank Westerman will be a guest writer at the Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia from 28 May to 2 June. He will give a lecture for more than a hundred teachers of Dutch studies from Central Europe at the regional Colloquium Neerlandicum, with the theme “Building bridges”. In addition, he will promote the Slovak translation of Brother Mendel’s Perfect Horse. Man and Beast in an Age of Human Warfare on two public evenings in Žilina and Bratislava, translated by Annamária Gálová Vrbová as Čistá biela rasa (published spring 2019 by Absynt, Bratislava).
Guest author programme
Westerman's stay in Slovakia is part of the guest author programme of the Dutch Language Union. This programme means that departments of Dutch studies outside Dutch-speaking countries and territories are able to receive a guest author. The guest author programme can enrich the tuition of Dutch at a department of Dutch and increase the visibility and proliferation of Dutch-language literature abroad. Travelling expenses and costs for translation are paid for by the Dutch Foundation for Literature.