Annet Schaap, Edward van de Vendel, Gert Jan Pos and Joren Joshua

Imagine Children’s Festival

18-19 February 2020

The Imagine Children’s Festival is the largest festival of its kind in the UK. This year, several Dutch writers are part of the programme.

Annet Schaap

On 18 and 19 February, Annet Schaap will give a reading and drawing workshop revolving around her prize-winning novel Lampie. After a live reading by the author, the audience is invited to create their own illustrations based on the story.

Annet Schaap is a well-known illustrator, who has illustrated more than two hundred picture books before writing her literary debut. Lampje came as a complete surprise to most readers and was soon declared to be one of the best books of the year.

Edward van de Vendel

Edward van de Vendel shows children how much fun poetry can be. On 18 and 19 February, he will read poems from his collection Super Guppy, which deal with relatable situations of everyday life. Together with Dutch illustrator Floor de Goede, he invites children to draw something as simple as a line, or a scribble and he will turn it into something far more exciting, such as an animal, or a person.

Edward van de Vendel has won numerous awards for his oeuvre, that consists of more than twenty books both prose and poetry for children and young people of varying ages.

Gert Jan Pos and Joren Joshua

Gert Jan Pos and illustrator Joren Joshua invite children to re-imagine their literary heroes. In his workshop, children can sketch their own cover design of their favorite books.

Gert Jan Pos is a (comics)critic, journalist and translator. Among other things, he is known for his collection of the Dutch literary canon in comic form: Mooi is dat. For this book Pos invited illustrators to summarize their favorite Dutch classic novel in a cartoon.

Illustrator Joren Joshua recently received a Silver Pencil for his art work in the youth novel Zeb, written by Gideon Samson.

Imagine Children’s Festival

The Imagine Children’s Festival offers a wide variety of international performances, music, literature, comedy, creativity, parties, participation and free fun for children aged 0 – 11 and their parents. The festival is dedicated to families experiencing and enjoying all kinds of art and culture together.

New Dutch Writing

New Dutch Writing is a new high-profile promotional campaign by the Dutch Foundation for Literature to promote Dutch writing in translation in the UK and Ireland, and to nurture the next generation of translators.