European Festival of the First Novel

Mirthe van Doornik in Kiel

2-5 May 2019

From 2 to 5 May Mirthe van Doornik will participate in the Ars Baltica European Festival of the First Novel in Kiel, Germany. Twelve debut novelists from twelve different European countries and their editors as well as other professionals of the literary world are gathering in Schieswig-Holstein to discuss writing and publishing, to acquaint themselves with new novels, and maybe pave the way for translation. Van Doornik will participate together with her editor Leon Doedens from Prometheus.

The authors will read short sequences from their novels in the original language before the professional readers Jule Nero and Nils Aulike will present excerpts from the German sample translations. The following days will be dedicated to professional discussions. On Friday and Saturday morning more detailed introductions of the individual authors and their publishers will take place. In chaired discussions of about thirty minutes each participant will be given the opportunity to talk about their background as well as the creation process and subject of their debut novels. Publishers are invited to talk about their side of the publishing process, and the chances and difficulties that may arise with regard to literary debuts in the home market and abroad.

Mirthe van Doornik

In 2016 Mirthe van Doornik (b. 1982) won the Scheltema Writers’ Academy winning talent award and the jury prize in the NPO writer’s competition. Her debut novel Other People's Mothers was published by Prometheus in 2018. In Other People’s Mothers, she tells the story of two sisters, Kine and Nico, left to fend for themselves by their mother and their absent father. Van Doornik’s gripping debut spans the period from 1997 to 2014, with a narrative perspective that alternates between the two girls.