After successful campaigns in Germany (during and as a follow-up to being the guest of honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2016) and France (Les Phares du Nord 2018-2019), the Dutch Foundation for Literature is starting a large-scale campaign on Dutch literature in England and Ireland this fall. Under the title New Dutch Writing, over 70 author events will be organised at a range of festivals and literature venues in the UK and Ireland, featuring Dutch writers in conversation with their British counterparts. In the context of this campaign, eleven British and Irish journalists, literary programmers and directors of literary festivals will visit Amsterdam in early September.
The Dutch Foundation for Literature offers them an intensive programme, allowing them to get acquainted with the Dutch book business and contemporary Dutch literature. From 2 to 4 September they will meet Dutch authors of fiction, non-fiction, children’s books and graphic novels. In addition, they meet literary festivals, institutions and publishers.
The participants are:
- Ms. Sarah-Jane Roberts, Manchester Literature Festival
- Ms. Lyndsey Fineran, Cheltenham Literature Festival
- Ms. Loraine Evans, Cheltenham Literature Festival
- Ms. Vanessa Toulmin, Off the Shelf Festival, Sheffield
- Ms. Sara Unwin, Off the Shelf Festival, Sheffield
- Ms. Deborah Bankole, Southbank Centre London / Imagine! Festival
- Ms. Catherine Taylor, the Guardian / TLS
- Ms. Anita Sethi, the Observer / The Guardian
- Ms. Julia Eccleshare, Hay Children’s Festival
- Ms. Sanne Vliegenthart, Books and Quills
- Ms. Sarah Webb, International Literature Festival Dublin
Martin Colthorpe, Modern Culture / International Literature Festival Dublin, and Dusty Miller, PR agent, travel along with the delegation as part of the New Dutch Writing-campaign team.