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Introducing New Dutch Writing to UK readers. Launching a newly translated series of collected work by emerging writers, New Dutch Writing aims to engage UK readers with stimulating, cross-cultural debate.

Keep an eye out, not only as we launch this website, but also with the 70+ events at festivals and venues we’re hosting across the UK and Ireland.

Events taking place in the UK this autumn will feature leading specialists on Dutch culture, such as historian and broadcaster Sir Simon Schama, and Bart van Es, winner of the 2019 Costa Book of the Year award for The Cut Out Girl (Penguin). Authors participating will include Herman Koch, bestselling author of The Dinner (Atlantic), Eva Meijer, author of the novel Bird Cottage (Pushkin Press) and the forthcoming Animal Languages (John Murray), and Tommy Wieringa, whose novel The Death of Murat Idrissi (Scribe), was longlisted for the International Man Booker Prize. These autumn events will take place at the British Library and festivals in Cheltenham, Durham and Aldeburgh.

Upcoming events

7-31 Oct
Bregje Hofstede Residency Norwich

Bregje Hofstede takes up residence at National Centre for Writing Norwich.

4 Nov
Onno Blom in Toppings Bookshop, Bath

Onno Blom in Toppings Bookshop, Bath

9 Nov
Julia Blackburn and Miek Zwamborn at Poetry in Aldeburgh

Julia Blackburn and Miek Zwamborn at Poetry in Aldeburgh.

9 Nov
Hagar Peeters at Poetry in Aldeburgh

Hagar Peeters at Poetry in Aldeburgh

9 Nov
The sea, the sea, the seaaaaaa: writing workshop

Miek Zwamborn and Hagar Peeters: The sea, the sea, the seaaaaaa: writing workshop at Poetry in Aldeburgh.

Dutch poetry on the shore, a walking and writing experience with two well-known Dutch poets.Why does the sea so appeal to the imagination? Hagar Peeters and Miek Zwamborn will perform and analyse poetry about the sea written from two opposite North Sea coastlines. Which seas appear? Do both languages offer specific words to represent the sea? Is there a different focus, or relationship? The sea breezes words during this bi-lingual anthology. First part of the workshop will be a walk along the surf, reading and listening to Dutch poems. The second part is a writing workshop in the tower.

Past events

13 Oct
Bart van Es at Durham Book Festival

The Cut Out Girl was the winner of the 2018 Costa Book of the Year and is the powerful story of a young girl's struggle to survive Nazi persecution and a man's attempt to unveil his family's secrets. The last time Lien saw her parents was in the Hague, when she was collected at the door by a stranger and taken to a foster family far away to be hidden from the Nazis. What was her side of the story, Bart van Es – a grandson of the couple who looked after Lien – wondered?

13 Oct
Herman Koch at Durham Book Festival

This event brings together two acclaimed European writers: Holland's Herman Koch and Germany's Dagmar Leupold.

12 Oct
New Dutch Writing at British Library

Dutch society has long been held up as a model of political and social tolerance, but is this the real story? Bart van Es, author of Costa Prize-winning The Cut Out Girl joins bestselling novelist Herman Koch, rising stars Esther Gerritsen and Jeroen Olyslaegers, and historian Simon Schama at this special day of talks. Furthermore, Joris Luyendijk and Naema Tahir discuss Dutch society

11 Oct
Celebrate With... Herman Koch

Herman Koch’s deliciously dark tale of family life, The Dinner, sold over a million copies and was the talk of every book club.

11 Oct
Simon Schama at Cheltenham Literature Festival

Simon Schama cut his teeth writing about Dutch art and history on his way to becoming one of the UK’s great cultural critics. Essays on De Stijl and the Rijksmuseum are highlights of his latest wide-ranging book, Wordy, which he discusses at this event.

11 Oct
Trust No One: Herman Koch

Author of the internationally bestselling The Dinner, Herman Koch returns with The Ditch, a dark literary thriller about how quickly we can become entangled in our own fears and suspicions. Louise Candlish won the Crime and Thriller Book of the Year Award for Our House, her deliciously twisted tale of marital betrayal in the suburbs; a setting she revisits in Those People. With Sam Baker they discuss the appeal of writing toxic characters and how we never really know those we live amongst.

10-12 Oct
Vice Versa Workshop Literary Translation

The National Centre for Writing in Norwich will host a series of literary translation workshops.

9 Oct
A Celebration of New Dutch Writing

An evening in the company of Dutch writers Eva Meijer and Bregje Hofstede, in conversation with Daniel Hahn.

9 Oct
BBC Radio 3 Modern Dutch Writing

Laurence Scott looks at the way Dutch writers are addressing history and contemporary life with Rodaan Al Galidi, Eva Meijer and Onno Blom.

7-11 Oct
Eva Meijer residency Norwich

Eva Meijer takes up residence at National Centre for Writing Norwich.

3 Sep
An Evening with Cees Nooteboom

UCL Dutch celebrates this recognition for Dutch author Cees Nooteboom; the poet, novelist and travel writer whose work has been translated into over thirty languages.

10-26 Aug
Edinburgh International Book Festival

From 10 to 26 August Scotland will be buzzing with literature during the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the largest literature festival in the world. Dutch literature will be represented by picture book author Mylo Freeman, comic maker and graphic novelist Typex and novelist Tommy Wieringa.