Shortlist Vondel Translation Prize

1 December 2019 - Translators, Awards and General

Four translators have been nominated for the Vondel Translation Prize 2020. This biennial prize from the Dutch Foundation for Literature awards the best English-language translation of a Dutch-language literary or cultural-historical work with a prize of € 5,000. The award ceremony will take place on 12 February in London.

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Chinese children’s book prize for The Mystery of Life

25 November 2019 - Awards

Once a year, during a large-scale literary festival in Shenzhen, China, the ten best children’s books of the year are chosen. Last Saturday it was announced that The Mystery of Life. How Nothing Became Everything (Shanghai 99) by Jan Paul Schutten and Floor Rieder is one of the lucky winners of the “Top Ten Children’s Books of the Year 2019”.

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‘Amsterdam Blues’

Review of Gerard Reve in New York Review of Books by Philip Huff

23 November 2019 - International and General

In The New York Review of Books (December 5, 2019), Dutch author Philip Huff discusses two recently translated works by famous Dutch writer Gerard Reve: his classics The Evenings: A Winter’s Tale, and Childhood: Two Novellas. Both books have been translated by Sam Garrett for Pushkin Press.

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Launch of ‘New Dutch Writing’ campaign

7 October 2019 - Press releases, International and General

Under the title ‘New Dutch Writing’, Dutch literature will be presented at more than seventy festivals and events in the United Kingdom and Ireland from October onwards. By means of this major promotional campaign, the Dutch Foundation for Literature aims to introduce new generations of Dutch authors to an English-language readership. The campaign will also draw attention to literary translation.

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Hagar Peeters writer in residence at NIAS-KNAW

30 August 2019 - Authors and Press releases

Dutch poet and novelist Hagar Peeters will stay at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) in Amsterdam as writer in residence for one semester. The residency is a fellowship organised by the Dutch Foudantion for Literature together with NIAS-KNAW. During her stay, from 1 September, 2019 to 1 February, 2020, she will continue her inquiry into the relationship between writing and single motherhood.

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Cees Nooteboom Honorary Doctorate

University College London

22 August 2019 - Awards, International and Authors

Dutch poet, novelist and travel writer Cees Nooteboom will be granted a honorary doctorate at the University College London. The ceremony will take place at Tuesday 3 September 2019 at UCL in London. Nooteboom already holds honorary doctorates from universities in Brussels, Nijmegen and Berlin.

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Award for Eva Schweikart

Ch.M. Wieland Prize for Translation

20 July 2019 - Translators and Awards

The Christoph Martin Wieland Translation Prize, worth € 12,000, will be presented to Eva Schweikart this autumn for her German translation of Lampje, a novel by Annet Schaap that has been published in German by Thienemann Verlag under the title Emilia und der Junge aus dem Meer. It is the first time that the biennial prize, presented since 1979 for works in a wide range of genres, has gone to the translator of a children’s book.

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Edward van de Vendel wins the Anna Blaman Prize

10 July 2019 - Awards and Authors

The three-yearly Anna Blaman Prize has been awarded to Edward van de Vendel, author of novels and poems for children and young adults. ‘To write so convincingly, movingly and thoughtfully, and yet make it look as though you just happen to have tossed something off, is the sort of thing only a literary heavyweight can do,’ the jury concluded. Van de Vendel receives a goblet and the sum of € 10,000.

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Winners ANV Debutantenprijs

Mirthe van Doornik en Marieke Lucas Rijneveld

8 July 2019 - Awards and Authors

Two young Dutch authors have been awarded the ANV Debutantenprijs, a prize for the best debut novel in the last year. Mirthe van Doornik was named winner by the readers jury with her novel Other People’s Mothers, Marieke Lucas Rijneveld was awarded by the professional jury with her novel The Discomfort of the Evening.

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New Dutch Writing

Campaign launched in the UK promoting Dutch literature in translation to UK readers

3 July 2019 - Press releases, Events, International and General

On the evening of Wednesday 3rd July 2019 Dutch and British representatives from the world of books and translation will gather to celebrate the launch of New Dutch Writing at The Union Club in Soho.

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Kamil Bałuk as WiR in Amsterdam

Writer in residence programme 2019

1 July 2019 - Press releases, Authors and General

This summer, Polish journalist and writer Kamil Bałuk will live and work as a writer in residence in our residency in Amsterdam. His first book All Louis’ Children about the case of the much-discussed fertility doctor Jan Karbaat was published last year in Dutch translation. During his residency period, Bałuk will make a series of reports about the contemporary Netherlands.

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Shortlist European Literature Prize 2019

18 June 2019 - Translators, Awards and General

The shortlist for the European Literature Prize 2019 has been announced. Out of a longlist of twenty translated titles the jury has selected five from which the winner will be chosen. The prize will be presented 3 November 2019, during the Crossing Border festival in The Hague.

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Grand Poetry Prize to Radna Fabias

17 June 2019 - Awards, General and Authors

First Paris then the Grand Poetry Prize. Radna Fabias has been awarded the Netherlands’ Grand Poetry Prize 2019 at the 50th Poetry International Festival in Rotterdam, for Habitus (De Arbeiderspers). Her first collection made an impressive debut in Dutch-language poetry. It not only received exclusively laudatory reviews, but has now won all four major Dutch poetry awards, including the C. Buddingh’ Prize, the Awater Poetry Prize and the Herman De Coninck Prize 2019.

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Children’s book donation to Paris

13 June 2019 - International and General

As part of a special cultural cooperation between Amsterdam and Paris, the Dutch Foundation for Literature makes a donation of children’s and youth literature books to the Médiathèque Françoise Sagan in Paris. Thanks to fifteen publishers, a gift of no fewer than 92 books has been compiled, of which 72 are Dutch-language and 20 are French translations of Dutch children’s books.

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Marché de la Poésie

The Netherlands guest of honour

4 June 2019 - Press releases and International

This year, the Netherlands is guest of honour at the Marché de la Poésie in Paris, the largest poetry festival in France. The festival takes place every year at Place Saint-Sulpice in the heart of Paris. A dozen poets will be included in the “official delegation” of the festival, they will read from their work at the main stage and will be interviewed during the festival.

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Wintertuin Curaçao Festival

18 May 2019

On 24 and 25 May Luan Buleshkaj, Gershwin Bonevacia, Babs Gons, Cees De Beer, Onias Landveld and Naomi Veldwijk will participate in the first edition of Wintertuin Curaçao Festival, an inclusive, multilingual storytelling and literature festival for all ages.

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Café Amsterdam

Les Phares du Nord

14 May 2019 - International

Café Amsterdam brings three evenings full of Dutch literature, debate, art and music to Paris. From 14 to 16 May, Maison de la Poésie, the most important literary stage in Paris, is transformed into an Amsterdam brown pub. Dutch fiction and non-fiction authors Jan Brokken, Adriaan van Dis, Anna Enquist, Lieve Joris, Herman Koch, Eva Meijer, Hagar Peeters, Frank Westerman, Tommy Wieringa will read from their work and talk to French authors and journalists.

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Rob van Essen wins Libris Literature Prize

7 May 2019 - Awards and Authors

Rob van Essen has won the prestigious Libris Literature Prize 2019 for his novel The Good Son (Atlas Contact). The prize is awarded annually to the best Dutch literary fiction title of the previous year, and consists of 50,000 euros and a bronze medal. The award ceremony was traditionally broadcast live in Nieuwsuur.

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Rosemary Sullivan as WiR in Amsterdam

Writer-in-residence programme 2019

2 May 2019 - Press releases, Events and General

Canadian author Rosemary Sullivan will be living and working in Amsterdam from 2 to 31 May, upon invitation of the Dutch Foundation for Literature. She will be working on a book with the provisional title A Cold Case Diary, which is due to appear in 19 countries in the summer of 2020; in the Netherlands the book will be published by Ambo | Anthos.

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Mylo Freeman & Benny Lindelauf in the US

Bay Area Book Festival

30 April 2019 - International

From 2 to 7 May illustrator and children’s book author Mylo Freeman and children’s and youth literature author Benny Lindelauf will be in Berkeley, US to give several readings and performances at the annual Bay Area Book Festival. They will each present two panel sessions with fellow writers at the festival, Mylo Freeman will have an additional solo presentation in the Story Time Circle.

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Bart Moeyaert wins ALMA

2 April 2019 - Awards and General

Flemish author Bart Moeyaert is the laureate of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2019, the ‘Nobel Prize for youth literature’. The award, which amounts to 5 million Swedish Kronor (€ 480,000) is given annually by the Swedish Arts Council. Moeyaert was nominated for the sixteenth time this year, and finally received the prestigious prize at the Bologna’s Children’s Book Fair.

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Mathijs Deen wins Halewijn Prize

1 April 2019 - Awards

Mathijs Deen was awarded the Halewijn Prize on the final evening of the national Book Week. The prize is awarded annually by the city of Roermond to a literary talent that deserves more attention, and consists of a sum of € 1500 and a bronze statue.

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ESLT Summer School 2019

Training the Teacher of Literary Translation

29 March 2019

The third annual ESLT Summer School will bring together around 20 translators and educators from across Europe who are passionate about teaching literary translation. The three-day programme will include a mixture of seminars, workshops and panel discussions. Applications should be submitted by 15 April 2019.

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Radna Fabias wins De Coninckprijs

22 March 2019 - Awards

On 21 March, World Poetry Day, Radna Fabias was awarded the Herman de Coninckprijs for her debut collection Habitus. The Flemish prize is awarded annually to the best Dutch language poetry collection and consists of € 7.500.

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Kate Mosse as WiR in Amsterdam

Writer-in-residence programme 2019

21 March 2019 - Press releases, Events and General

British writer Kate Mosse (1961) will be living and working in Amsterdam from 3 to 22 April, at the invitation of the Dutch Foundation for Literature. She will be working on a historical novel set in 16th-century Amsterdam, the second part in a series of four about the French religious wars and the Diaspora of the Huguenots. During her stay she will give several public performances.

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Leipzig am Meer

20 March 2019 - Press releases, International and General

From 21 to 24 March, seven Dutch illustrators and authors of fiction, non-fiction and children’s books will visit Germany. Dutch literature will be presented in ten events at the Leipziger Buchmesse and the corresponding Leipzig Liest reading festival.

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NIAS-KNAW writers in residence 2019-2020

Open call

19 March 2019 - Authors

The Dutch Foundation for Literature and NIAS-KNAW invite publishers and others to nominate a writer for the witer-in-residence fellowship at NIAS-KNAW in Amsterdam for the academic year 2019/20. This prestigious position is intended for a writer who is working on a project that would benefit from an extended stay as part of a diverse community of international scholars. Nominations can be submitted until 1 May.

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Livre Paris

Phares du Nord

14 March 2019 - Press releases and International

From 15 to 19 March, Livre Paris will take place, France’s largest book fair. Together with the Dutch embassy in Paris, the Foundation for Literature has a stand of 16.5 m2 at the guest country pavilion ‘Le Pavillon d’Europe’, entirely dedicated to digital literature.

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Tommy Wieringa longlisted for Man Booker International Prize

13 March 2019 - Awards and International

Tommy Wieringa is one of the ‘Man Booker Dozen’ – the longlist of thirteen novels that are in contention for the Man Booker International Prize 2019 – with his novel The Death of Murat Idrissi, translated by Sam Garrett (Scribe). The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the best works of translated fiction from around the world and consists of £50,000, to be split equally between the author and the translator.

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London Book Fair

11 March 2019 - International and General

From 11-14 March Barbara den Ouden, Victor Schiferli, Mireille Berman, Agnes Vogt, Bas Pauw and Alexandra Koch will represent the Dutch Foundation for Literature at the London Book Fair (table 34V at the International Rights Center). They will have meetings with approximately 125 international publishers and editors to promote Dutch literature.

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Antjie Krog as WiR in Amsterdam

Writer-in-residence programme 2019

21 January 2019 - General and Press releases

South African poet and author Antjie Krog will be living and working in Amsterdam from 21 January to 20 February, at the invitation of the Dutch Foundation for Literature. As well as being a writer worthy of the Nobel Prize for literature, Krog is a consummate literary performer. During her stay she will give a series of performances in the Netherlands and Belgium, including appearances during Poetry Week.

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Fellowship children’s and youth literature

21 January 2019

Ten English language publishers of children’s and youth literature from five different countries (US, UK, Australia, New Zealand & Canada) will visit Amsterdam, upon invitation by the Dutch Foundation for Literature. From 21 to 23 January they will be introduced to the Dutch field of children’s books, meeting many publishers, writers and illustrators. The Amsterdam Fellowship is an annual programme in which the Foundation invites international literary editors to come and meet their Dutch colleagues and familiarise themselves with Dutch literature.

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Tsead Bruinja New Poet Laureate of the Netherlands

18 January 2019 - General

Tsead Bruinja has been appointed as the new Poet Laureate of the Netherlands for a period of two years. Bruinja is the seventh Poet Laureate of the Netherlands, appointed by a commission of experts and prominent writers. The next two years he will write poems on the occasion of national events and act as poetry ambassador.

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Ghayath Almadhoun writer in residence at NIAS

9 January 2019

From January until July 2019, Syrian poet Ghayath Almadhoun (Damascus, 1979) will stay at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) in Amsterdam as writer in residence. During his stay he will be working on his fifth book of poetry in Arabic, an extensive text of life, love in the wartime, memories that became home, and the exile as background of the new wave of literature.

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Typex wins Stripschap Prize 2019

8 January 2019 - Awards

The Stripschap Prize 2019, the annual Dutch oeuvre award for cartoonists, has been awarded to Amsterdam cartoonist and illustrator Typex. Ever since the appearance of his overwhelming biography of Andy Warhol, eyes have been constantly focused on the Amsterdam comic strip maker and illustrator. Andy: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol has been published in six languages and fourteen countries and was praised all over the world.

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