Presstour British journalists

5-6 March 2020

On 5 and 6 March, a group of British journalists will visit Amsterdam upon invitation of the Dutch Foundation for Literature. This will give them an opportunity to become familiair with the Dutch book market and Dutch authors in the context of the New Dutch Writing campaign and the ‘Boekenweek’, the Dutch national week of books and literature.

The participants

  • Catherine Taylor, freelance journalist, e.g. for Guardian Review, New Statesman, The Economist, Times Literary Supplement and Financial Times.
  • Claire Armitstead, Associate Culture Editor for The Guardian. Claire presents the weekly The Guardian books podcast and is a regular commentator on radio.
  • Boyd Tonkin, writer and critic, author of The 100 Best Novels in Translation. Boyd writes for e.g. The Times, The Economist, Financial Times, The Spectator and The Arts Desk.
  • Philip Jones, Editor of The Bookseller.
  • Max Liu, freelance journalist. He writes and reviews for The Guardian, Financial Times and The I Newspaper and is a judge for the Dylan Thomas Prize.
  • Claire Lowdon, freelance journalist for e.g. Areté, The Sunday Times, The TLS, The Spectator, The New Statesman, Literary Review, the White Review.

The program

The six guests will meet the authors who participate in the New Dutch Writing-campaign, and other authors whose work has recently been translated (or will soon be translated) into English. They will also visit the online newsplatform and publisher The Correspondent and meet some of its authors, and the Rijksmuseum together with some of the authors whose work will be introduced in the UK this April with the chapbook-series ‘Verzet’ (‘Resistance’). The program ends on Friday with a visit to the ‘Boekenbal’, a festive evening that marks the beginning of the ‘Boekenweek’.

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.

More information

Lucette Châtelain


Lucette Châtelain

Team coordinator & Grants specialist