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Poet and translator in conversation

Poet and translator in conversation

Lieke Marsman and Sophie Collins

28 May 2019 - Poetry Book Society

Lieke Marsman’s very personal collection The Following Scan Will Last Five Minutes was translated from Dutch by Sophie Collins, and published last April by Pavilion Poetry. The book was written in the three months following the poet’s diagnosis of chondrosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, at the age of twenty-seven. It includes a series of short poems and an essay responding to Audre Lorde’s reflections on cancer, and mixes personal experiences of the disease with social criticism. The English translation ends with a translator’s note in the form of a letter to the author. The Poetry Book Society interviewed both the poet and translator to learn more about this moving book and its themes, and to explore their collaboration and the translation process.

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From the dunes to the stars

From the dunes to the stars

6 March 2019 - Hugh Aldersey-Williams

You are unexpectedly struck by it almost anywhere you turn. I found it among the ditches of Zaanse Schans, in the glare from the sea as I cycled round Walcheren peninsula, and – disconcertingly – aboard a train crossing the Waal at Zaltbommel only moments after I had read in Amsterdam Stories Nescio’s description of the sun shining infinitely, eternally on the water there.

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A Picture Book Life

A Picture Book Life

Fellowship Children’s and Youth Literature

1 February 2019 - Anna McFarlane

From 21-23 January the Dutch Foundation for Literature hosted a group of publishers and editors of children’s literature from five different Anglophone countries to come and meet their Dutch colleagues and familiarise themselves with Dutch children’s literature. Anna McFarlane (Allen & Unwin, Australia) was one of them, and wrote a blogpost about her three-day picture book life in Amsterdam.

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A Poetic Water Journey

A Poetic Water Journey

Babs Gons in South Africa

5 November 2018 - Babs Gons

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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A Bookstore Full of Mysterious Books

A Bookstore Full of Mysterious Books

Amsterdam Fellowship 2018

5 October 2018 - Tynan Kogane

From 10-12 September the Dutch Foundation for Literature hosted a group of publishers and editors from the UK and the US to come and meet their Dutch colleagues and familiarise themselves with Dutch literature. Tynan Kogane (New Directions) was one of our Fellows, he wrote a blog post on his—“unique and immersive”—experience in Amsterdam.

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Everywhere and nowhere

Everywhere and nowhere

Bookstan Sarajevo, a festival to go back to

21 July 2018 - Guido Snel

The international literary festival Bookstan in Sarajevo was recently held for the third time. What is the current state of literature in Bosnia, twenty-three years after the end of the war?

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The Amsterdam and Antwerp Fellowship for Non-Fiction Publishers

The Amsterdam and Antwerp Fellowship for Non-Fiction Publishers

5 December 2017 - Amy Spangler

I took a lot of notes at this year’s inaugural Amsterdam and Antwerp Fellowship for Non-Fiction Publishers. A lot. And so when it came time to write this blog article, there was a fair share I had to whittle out. So, if your curiosity is piqued about anything written here, just ask: I’m pretty certain to have a slew more notes on it!

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Happy Pride

Happy Pride

Dutch LGBT Fiction

4 August 2017 - Hanneke Marttin

As Amsterdam celebrates diversity in ten days of Pride, with more than 150 events, Dutch readers can also rejoice in Queer, a new anthology of stories and poems by several generations of Dutch and Flemish authors. Some, like Gerbrand Bakker, Adriaan van Dis, Saskia de Coster, Tom Lanoye and Gerard Reve (1923-2006), have already enjoyed success abroad, but for foreign publishers looking for a good read somewhere over the rainbow, there’s still a lot of great literature to discover. Let’s have a quick look at the Dutch fiction.

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Typex in America

Typex in America

Travelogue

12 July 2017 - Typex

Having become almost world famous with his graphic novel Rembrandt, Typex is now working on a new book, on one of his inspirations as an artist: Andy Warhol. Last year he traveled twice to the U.S.A. to talk with the Andy Warhol Foundation and to do research for this biographical project. First to Pittsburgh, and later to New York, following the chronology of Warhol’s life. Both travels were supported financially by the Dutch Foundation for Literature. Below a snippet of Typex’ travel diaries, a travelogue in drawings, photos and text.

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High Impact’s Return to London

High Impact’s Return to London

19 January 2017 - Michele Hutchison

‘What is it about Dutch literature?’ is the question presenter Rosie Goldsmith posed to a packed crowd at the London Tabernacle on Tuesday night. ‘Are the Dutch just very good at self-promotion or is there something about Dutch literature that appeals to the English?’ This January, High Impact brought Dutch and English writers, such as Herman Koch and David Nicholls, together in London. Michele Hutchison shares her experience of the event and tells how Dutch literature is gaining popularity in the United Kingdom.

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