PEN Translates Awards for ‘Island mountain glacier’

English translation of Anne Vegter by Astrid Alben wins prize

22 December 2021 - Awards

The poetry collection Island mountain glacier, the English translation of Anne Vegter’s Eiland berg gletsjer by Astrid Alben (Prototype Publishing, February 2022) has received one of the English PEN Translates Awards. It is remarkable that the translation already won prizes before it was published. The translation was made possible with a subsidy from the Dutch Foundation for Literature.

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P.C. Hooftprijs 2022 to Arnon Grunberg

Oeuvre Prize awarded

14 December 2021 - Awards

The P.C. Hooftprijs 2022 is awarded to writer Arnon Grunberg. The jury, chaired by Agnes Andeweg, states that Grunberg has made an ‘immense contribution to Dutch literature’. Grunberg will receive the oeuvre prize, with an amount of € 60,000, in mid-May 2022 in the Literature Museum in The Hague.

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Wilma Geldof and Verena Kiefer win Gustav Heinemann Friedenspreis

‘Reden ist Verrat’ wins children’s literature prize

1 December 2021 - International and Awards

On Friday 19 November 2021, the German Gustav Heinemann Friedenspreis 2021 was awarded to writer Wilma Geldof and translator Verena Kiefer for the youth novel Reden ist Verrat, published by Gerstenberg Verlag (original title Het meisje met de vlechtjes, published by Luitingh-Sijthoff in 2018). In the Heinrich Heine Haus in Düsseldorf, the ladies received the cash prize of € 7.500. The book Het meisje met de vlechtjes was produced with a project subsidy from the Dutch Foundation for Literature, and the translation Reden ist Verrat was also supported by the foundation.

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Sasja Filipenko as WiR in Amsterdam

Writer in residence program 2021-2022

1 December 2021 - Press releases

The Belarusian writer Sasja Filipenko will be writer in residence for two months, upon invitation by the Dutch Foundation for Literature. During his stay in Amsterdam, Filipenko will finish his sixth novel and work on a play.

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‘Kopje Koffie’ #4 with Herman Koch

Dutch-Flamish book podcast

24 November 2021 - International and General

After Arnon Grünberg, Judith Fanto and Charlotte Van den Broeck, Herman Koch is a guest in Kopje Koffie, the German book podcast about Dutch and Flemish literature. Koch will discuss the German translation of his book Finse dagen (Finnische Tage, published by KiWi, translated by Christiane Kuby and Herbert Post) with Bettina Baltschev.

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Shortlist Vondel Translation Prize

Five translators nominated

17 November 2021 - Awards

Five translations have been nominated for the Vondel Translation Prize 2021. This biennial prize of the Dutch Foundation for Literature awards the best English-language translation of a Dutch-language literary or cultural-historical work with a cash prize of €5,000. The winner will be announced during the online award ceremony on Thursday 10 February 2022, organized by the British The Society of Authors.

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Ton monde, plein de merveilles

Dutch children’s books ‘à l’honneur’ for a month in France

15 November 2021 - Awards, Events and International

From mid-November to mid-December, under the heading Ton monde, plein de merveilles, a presentation of Dutch culture for children and young people will take place in Montreuil, a suburb of Paris where France’s most important children’s book fair is held every year. Ton monde, plein de merveilles is a multidisciplinary collaboration between Dutch cultural foundations and other institutions that support the sector, along with French partners and the Dutch embassy in Paris.

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Sandra Langereis wins the Libris Geschiedenis Prijs

History prize for Erasmus biography

2 November 2021 - Awards

Last Sunday, October 31th, Sandra Langereis received the Libris Geschiedenis Prijs for her book Erasmus: dwarsdenker (English title: Erasmus The Maverick - A Biography). The Libris Geschiedenis Prijs rewards historical books that appeal to a general audience. Langereis’ portrait of Erasmus came about with a biography grant from the Dutch Foundation for Literature, and is featured in the Dutch Non-Fiction - Spring 2021 brochure.

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Aimée de Jongh is awarded the Prix Ouest France

‘Jours de sable’ wins French prize for the best graphic novel

1 November 2021 - Awards

Aimée de Jongh received the Prix Ouest France 2021 at the Quai des Bulles comics festival last saturday, October 30th, for her graphic novel Days of sand (Original title: Dagen van zand, French title: Jours de sable, French translation by Jérôme Wicky for publisher Dargaud). Created by Ouest France, one of the largest newspapers in France, the prize recognizes the best comic book of the past year. De Jongh is the first woman to receive the award.

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Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis

Three Dutch titles nominated

17 October 2021 - International and Awards

This Friday afternoon, October 22, the winners of the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis 2021 will be announced at the Frankfurter Buchmesse. An exciting moment for Dutch children’s literature, since three originally Dutch books have been nominated for this prestigious German award: Vosje (Little Fox) by Edward van de Vendel, illustrator Marije Tolman and translator Rolf Erdorf, Haaientanden (Shark Teeth) by Anna Woltz and translator Andrea Kluitmann, and Het meisje met de vlechtjes (The Girl with the Braids) by Wilma Geldof and translator Verena Kiefer.

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Vondel Prize Longlist Announced

27 September 2021 - Translators, Awards and International

Dutch translations into English are currently experiencing a great boom, so much so that English translations from the Dutch are becoming as important as German translations, traditionally the main export market for Dutch literature. The jury of the Vondel Translation Prize, consisting of previous winner Michele Hutchison, poet Jane Draycott and translator Susan Massotty, were able to consider a wide range of translations published in 2019 and 2020, from works across many different genres.

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Shortlist European Literature Prize 2021

29 June 2021 - Press releases, Translators, Awards and Authors

Jury chair Manon Uphoff has announced the shortlist for the European Literature Prize 2021. Five titles have been selected, all of them contemporary European novels in Dutch translation. The prize is being presented this year for the eleventh time; it goes to both the author and the translator.

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David Colmer Wins James Brockway Prize 2021

3 June 2021 - Press releases, Translators and Awards

The James Brockway Prize – an oeuvre prize for translators of Dutch-language poetry – has been awarded to David Colmer. This distinction, established and organised by the Dutch Foundation for Literature, is valued at 5,000 euros and will be presented (online) at the upcoming edition of the Poetry International Festival in Rotterdam, on Saturday 12 June at 3.15 p.m. (BST).

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Kopje Koffie (Cup of Coffee) podcast

26 May 2021 - Events and International

The Dutch Foundation for Literature, Flanders Literature, the Dutch Embassy in Berlin and the Diplomatic Representation of Flanders are launching the new podcast Kopje Koffie (Cup of Coffee) for the German readers and audience.

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Gerda Blees wins EU Prize for Literature

We Are Light

19 May 2021 - Awards, International and Authors

Gerda Blees has been awarded the European Union Prize for Literature for Wij zijn licht (Podium publishers). The jury unanimously picked her novel as the Dutch winner of 2021. Through 25 narrators, Blees offers a new perspective in each chapter and thus describes the members of a commune who stop eating because they want to live on light and air. The novel was previously selected as Best Book of the Year by Dutch bookstores and shortlisted for the Libris Literatuur Prize 2021.

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Tommy Wieringa and Ricardo Domeneck selected as writers in residence at NIAS

19 May 2021

Dutch author Tommy Wieringa will be writer-in-residence at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) in Amsterdam from September 2021 to February 2022. In February he will be succeeded by the Brazilian poet Ricardo Domeneck. Both authors have been invited by the Dutch Foundation for Literature and NIAS.

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Shortlist European Union Prize for Literature 2021

15 April 2021 - Awards, International and Authors

Gerda Blees, Jente Posthuma and Raoul de Jong are nominated for the European Union Prize for Literature. The Netherlands is one of the 14 participating counties in the EUPL 2021. The EUPL awards one winner per country.

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Helga van Beuningen awarded the Straelen Übersetzerpreis

German Literary Translation Award

29 March 2021 - Translators, Awards and International

Literary translator Helga van Beuningen has been awarded the Straelen Übersetzerpreis 2021. The prize crowns her translation of De avond in ongemak (The Discomfort of Evening) into German, as well as her life’s work as a translator in general.

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BCLT Literary Translation Summer School

Applications open

28 March 2021 - Translators and General

Literary translators from Dutch into English are invited to sign up for the BCLT Literary Translation Summer School. The Dutch Foundation for Literature provides six full bursaries for (starting) translators. The BCLT Summer School will be held online, from 19 to 24 July 2021, and will focus on poetry. Please register before Monday, April 12.

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Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis

Four Dutch books nominated

25 March 2021 - Awards, International and Authors

Four Dutch children’s books are nominated for the prestigious Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis 2021. The jury selected 24 books in four categories from 667 submitted new publications, either written in or translated into German. The prize announcement and award ceremony will take place on Friday 22 October, during the Frankfurt Book Fair. Writer, translator and illustrator share the award.

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Grants 2020

24 March 2021 - Grants awarded and General

The annual report of the Dutch Foundation for Literature gives an overview of all activities and grants in 2020, including temporary support in this Covid-19 year.

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Three Golden Books for Paul van Loon

More than 75,000 copies sold

8 March 2021 - International and General

Children’s book author Paul van Loon has received no fewer than three Golden Books at once, a unique event in Dutch literature. A book is given the Golden status if more than 75,000 copies are sold. Van Loon has reached that target with three titles: Dolfje Weerwolfje , SuperDolfje and Weerwolfnachtbaan.

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Royal distinction for Selma van de Perre-Velleman

17 February 2021 - International and Authors

Selma van de Perre-Velleman received a Royal distinction at a festive, digital award ceremony. Dutch Ambassador to the UK, Karel van Oosterom, presented the award. Selma van de Perre, who now lives in London, was a member of the Dutch Resistance in World War Two. She is one of the few survivors of the Ravensbrück concentration camp who are still alive today and has spent the last few decades tirelessly informing younger generations about the horrors of the War.

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Dublin Literary Prize

Three Dutch titles nominated

8 February 2021 - Translators, Awards, International and Authors

Two Dutch and one Flemish author and their translators have been longlisted for the Dublin Literary Prize 2021. The longlist is nominated by libraries around the world making it a great spotlight for international writing. The first Dutch winner of this prestigious award were in 2010 Gerbrand Bakker and translator David Colmer for The Twin, which has been translated into 25 languages.

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Never Grow up!

Highlights from two years of Dutch culture for kids in the USA

27 January 2021 - International

In 2019 and 2020, the Never Grow Up! programme presented Dutch film, literature, (music) theatre and dance for young audiences throughout the US. Remarkable work from the Netherlands wowed and delighted both children and their families, and presenters and agencies at renowned events and venues including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, the Chicago and New York International Children’s Film Festivals, the Bay Area and Brooklyn Book Festivals.

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Lieke Marsman

Dutch Poet Laureate

25 January 2021 - Authors

Lieke Marsman has been appointed as the new Poet Laureate of the Netherlands. The next two years she will write poems on the occasion of national events and act as poetry ambassador. She is the youngest Dutch Poet Laureate to date.

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Editors’ hour

New initiative from the Dutch Foundation for Literature

15 January 2021

Almost all publishers agree that they miss the contact they used to have with their international colleagues, chatting with like-minded people, exchanging tips about interesting titles and authors, and having conversations about what is going on in the book trade and beyond.

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