Les Phares du Nord

Vive la littérature Néerlandaise

13 October 2019

On Sunday 13 October, Dutch literature will be the center of attention during a literary afternoon at the Villa Marguerite Yourcenar, in Saint-Jans-Cappel in northern France. Authors Eva Meijer and Inge Schilperoord will be interviewed by Margot Dijkgraaf. In addition, Thomas Beaufils, historian and author of Histoire des Pays-Bas (publisher Tallandier), will give an introduction to Dutch culture.

Eva Meijer

Eva Meijer (b. 1980) is an author, philosopher and singer-songwriter. Her debut novel, Het schuwste dier (2011, The Shyest Animal), was warmly received, as was her second novel Dagpauwoog (2013, Adventures in Animal Activism). She went on to study animal communication, publishing her findings in Animal Languages, which was translated into nine languages. Rights to her novel The Bird Cottage were sold in seven different territories and it was awarded the BNG Bank Literature Prize. For her doctoral thesis in philosophy, Political Animal Voices, Meijer received the Praemium Erasmianum Dissertation Prize.

Inge Schilperoord

Inge Schilperoord (b. 1973) works as a forensic psychologist and has published articles in NRC Handelsblad, Psychologie Magazine and Crossing Border Magazine. The English-language and French-language rights to her debut novel Muidhond (Tench) have been sold, as are the film rights. The novel received the jury award of De Bronzen Uil for the best Dutch debut. It has also been longlisted for the ECI Literature Prize.

Les Phares du Nord

In light of the 'Les Phares du Nord'-year, an intensive campaign in which the Dutch and Flemish Foundations for Literature aim to stimulate literary translations into French as well as greater visibility for Dutch-language authors in France, over 100 authors will perform at French events in 2018 and 2019.