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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 into 2021 and includes over 70 author events at a range of festivals and literature venues nationwide, featuring Dutch writers in conversation with their British counterparts. Read more...


Jan Rothuizen

For New Dutch Writing visual artist Jan Rothuizen imagined what a Dutch Writers' House would look like. From classic fiction writers like Gerard Reve to children's books authors Annet Schaap and from non-fiction bestseller Rutger Bregman to International Booker Prize nominee Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, they all live in the house filled with over 25 Dutch authors. In his own distinct style Jan Rothuizen, author of The Soft Atlas of Amsterdam, provides a new way to look at Dutch writing, which will also feature in the Summer Books edition of the London Review Of Books.

Jan Rothuizen

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!

6 July
New Dutch Writing Translation Workshops

Two translation workshops by leading translators from Dutch to English. Open to anyone with a sound knowledge of Dutch and native-speaker level English. Free to participate.

20 May
Good People: Rutger Bregman

From headlines in the newspapers to the laws that dictate how we live our lives, humans are depicted as being selfish beings by nature. Rutger Bregman disagrees.

25 May
Masterclass: David Colmer in conversation with Sarah Ardizzone

Discover how to craft and showcase your work award-winning translators David Colmer and Sarah Ardizzone in this exclusive online Masterclass and Q&A.

29 May
Making Friends: Brian Conaghan & Anna Woltz

Join Brian Conaghan and Anna Woltz to discover the joy of finding friends in the most unexpected places and people.


Past events

22 Apr
Launch Clean Hands Pandemic Focus with Simone Atangana Bekono and David Colmer

Join the Modern Poetry in Translation editors on Thursday 22 April 2021 for the online launch of MPT ‘Clean Hands: Focus on the Pandemic in Europe’.

6 Apr
I Wish Book Talk

Daniel Handler aka Lemony Snicket will host a book talk for I Wish. He will share his reflections on the work, and also on the creations by Takoma Park Education Campus' fifth graders who created poems and drawings inspired by I Wish.

30 Mar
Marc ter Horst: Palm Trees at the North Pole

Discover the hot truth about climate change with Marc ter Horst and Wendy Panders’ book, Palm Trees at the North Pole.

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