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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.

It includes fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, children’s and poetry books, celebrating the work of translators and capitalising on the burgeoning interest in international literature among UK readers while engaging them in a stimulating, cross cultural debate. The campaign launched in July 2019 and continues through 2020 and includes over 70 author events at a range of festivals and literature venues nationwide, featuring Dutch writers in conversation with their British counterparts.

Literary translation is also at the core of the campaign. “Literary translation as a vital culture – not as a threshold for foreign authors, not as a nuisance for publishers, but as an intriguing intellectual skill and as a cultural richness,” Bas Pauw, project director of the campaign, explains “We will give centre stage to the people who make it possible for UK readers to read Dutch books.”

New Dutch Writing will be working with established authors such as Herman Koch, bestselling author of The Dinner (Atlantic), and Bart van Es, winner of the 2019 Costa Book of the Year award for The Cut Out Girl (Penguin), alongside emerging new talent from The Netherlands such as Eva Meijer, author of the novel Bird Cottage (Pushkin Press) and the forthcoming Animal Languages (John Murray), and Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, author of The Discomfort of the Evening (Faber and Faber).

The campaign will involve

  • Over 70 events at festivals and venues and across UK and Ireland
  • Nurturing the next generation of Dutch translators
  • Bringing Dutch writers into schools and universities
  • Events and debates with novelists, poets, children’s and non-fiction authors
  • Launching a newly translated series of collected work by emerging writers
  • Engaging UK readers with stimulating, cross-cultural debate across press and social media
  • Working with bookshops to promote newly translated Dutch authors to UK readers

Upcoming events

New Dutch Writing has already included over 70 author events at a range of festivals and literature venues nationwide. Now that these autumn events have passed, the New Dutch Writing campaign is planning more events for the next few months. Keep an eye out for new events!


Past events

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 reads poems from her new collection 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.

5 Nov
Onno Blom in Hatchards

Hatchards hosts an illustrated talk and discussion with Onno Blom.

4 Nov
Onno Blom in Toppings Bookshop, Bath

Onno Blom in Toppings Bookshop, Bath

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.

7-31 Oct
Bregje Hofstede Residency Norwich

Bregje Hofstede 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.