Writer in Residence Programme 2015

Eleanor Catton as WiR in Amsterdam

1 May-15 June 2015

In May and June, Canadian born New Zealand writer Eleanor Catton will live and work as a writer in residence in Amsterdam.

Eleanor Catton (Ontario, Canada, 1985) grew up in New-Zealand. She was just 22 when she wrote her first novel The rehearsal which won a range of awards and was nominated for the Orange Prize. In 2013 Catton was the youngest author to ever win the prestigious Man Booker Prize for her second novel, The Luminaries.

The Dutch translations of Cattons novels, Al wat schittert (translators Gerda Baardman en Jan de Nijs, 2014) and De repetitie (translator Rob van Essen, 2009) are published by Anthos.

Eleanor Catton will give a number of lectures and readings during her residency:

  • On Thursday May 7th, 20:00, the annual literary night of English Literature students (UvA) at Spui25 offers paneldiscussions and pitches about life-changing novels. Eleanor Catton is one of the speakers. For reservations please go to the Spui25-website.
  • Friday May 15th: the international literature festival City2Cities in Utrecht invited Catton to talk about her second novel The Luminaries (Al wat schittert). More information and tickets at the City2Cities-website.
  • Saturday May16th: reading club at the Das Magazin Festival in Amsterdam.
  • Friday May 29th: reading on the Spui-square during the Amsterdam Book Night.
  • Tuesday June 2nd: reading at literary students book club Flanor in Groningen.Tickets through SLAG, Stichting Literaire Activiteiten Groningen.

See also:

Orli Austen


Orli Austen

Residency program

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