Helga van Beuningen awarded the Straelen Übersetzerpreis

German Literary Translation Award

29 March 2021 - Translators, Awards and International

Literary translator Helga van Beuningen has been awarded the Straelen Übersetzerpreis 2021. The prize crowns her translation of De avond in ongemak (The Discomfort of Evening) into German, as well as her life’s work as a translator in general.

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BCLT Literary Translation Summer School

Applications open

28 March 2021 - Translators and General

Literary translators from Dutch into English are invited to sign up for the BCLT Literary Translation Summer School. The Dutch Foundation for Literature provides six full bursaries for (starting) translators. The BCLT Summer School will be held online, from 19 to 24 July 2021, and will focus on poetry. Please register before Monday, April 12.

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Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis

Four Dutch books nominated

25 March 2021 - Awards, International and Authors

Four Dutch children’s books are nominated for the prestigious Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis 2021. The jury selected 24 books in four categories from 667 submitted new publications, either written in or translated into German. The prize announcement and award ceremony will take place on Friday 22 October, during the Frankfurt Book Fair. Writer, translator and illustrator share the award.

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Three Golden Books for Paul van Loon

More than 75,000 copies sold

8 March 2021 - International and General

Children’s book author Paul van Loon has received no fewer than three Golden Books at once, a unique event in Dutch literature. A book is given the Golden status if more than 75,000 copies are sold. Van Loon has reached that target with three titles: Dolfje Weerwolfje , SuperDolfje and Weerwolfnachtbaan.

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Royal distinction for Selma van de Perre-Velleman

17 February 2021 - International and Authors

Selma van de Perre-Velleman received a Royal distinction at a festive, digital award ceremony. Dutch Ambassador to the UK, Karel van Oosterom, presented the award. Selma van de Perre, who now lives in London, was a member of the Dutch Resistance in World War Two. She is one of the few survivors of the Ravensbrück concentration camp who are still alive today and has spent the last few decades tirelessly informing younger generations about the horrors of the War.

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Open Call: Writer in residence

NIAS-KNAW: 2021-2022

10 February 2021 - Authors

The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) and the Dutch Foundation for Literature invite applicants for the position of writer in residence. The position is tenable at NIAS in Amsterdam from 1 February 2022 until 31 June 2022.

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Dublin Literary Prize

Three Dutch titles nominated

8 February 2021 - Translators, Awards, International and Authors

Two Dutch and one Flemish author and their translators have been longlisted for the Dublin Literary Prize 2021. The longlist is nominated by libraries around the world making it a great spotlight for international writing. The first Dutch winner of this prestigious award were in 2010 Gerbrand Bakker and translator David Colmer for The Twin, which has been translated into 25 languages.

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Never Grow up!

Highlights from two years of Dutch culture for kids in the USA

27 January 2021 - International

In 2019 and 2020, the Never Grow Up! programme presented Dutch film, literature, (music) theatre and dance for young audiences throughout the US. Remarkable work from the Netherlands wowed and delighted both children and their families, and presenters and agencies at renowned events and venues including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, the Chicago and New York International Children’s Film Festivals, the Bay Area and Brooklyn Book Festivals.

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Lieke Marsman

Dutch Poet Laureate

25 January 2021 - Authors

Lieke Marsman has been appointed as the new Poet Laureate of the Netherlands. The next two years she will write poems on the occasion of national events and act as poetry ambassador. She is the youngest Dutch Poet Laureate to date.

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Editors’ hour

New initiative from the Dutch Foundation for Literature

15 January 2021

Almost all publishers agree that they miss the contact they used to have with their international colleagues, chatting with like-minded people, exchanging tips about interesting titles and authors, and having conversations about what is going on in the book trade and beyond.

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