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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!

9 Oct
How I Love London: Walking through Vincent van Gogh’s London

Join Willem-Jan Verlinden, author of The Van Gogh Sisters and Livia Wang, Creative Director of Van Gogh House, on a walking tour and discussion of Vincent van Gogh's formative time in London, where he lived at 87 Hackford Road, with his sister Anna.

10 Oct
Willem-Jan Verlinden at Cheltenham

The lively and revealing correspondence that Vincent van Gogh maintained with his art-dealer brother Theo is famous as a source of insight into the life and mind of one of the most celebrated artists of all time. But what of Anna, Lies and Willemien van Gogh, with whom Vincent had intimate and sometimes turbulent relationships?

10 Oct
Anna Woltz: Talking To Alaska

The international children’s author discusses her latest work with translators Daniel Hahn & David Colmer

10 Oct
Lize Spit at Durham Book Festival

Lize Spit and Thora Hjörleifsdóttir will be discussing their novels alongside their translators, Kristen Gehrman and Meg Matich.

11 Oct
Girlhood, Interrupted: Lize Spit and Nancy Tucker

Together with Octavia Bright Lize Spit and Nancy Tucker discuss their powerful portrayals of early trauma and the very different ways it can shape an adult life.

11 Oct
Alice Tetley-Paul at Wokingham Children’s Festival

Creative Translation Workshop with NDW Translator in Residence Alice Tetley-Paul

11 Oct
The EU: A Failed Experiment?

The EU: A Failed Experiment? featuring political theorist and historian Luuk van Middelaar (Pandemonium: Saving Europe, Agenda)

12 Oct
New Dutch Writing Translation Workshops

Three 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.

12 Oct
Harmen van Straaten at Wokingham

Come and Join Dutch Author Harmen van Straaten as he reads his books Hey, who’s in the loo? and Robbies’s Little Red Tractor.

14 Oct
New Translations New Perspectives

Translation opens up new horizons for the reader. But how do we ensure a diversity of perspectives, nurturing new voices alongside classic authors? And how does a multilingual, multicultural country like The Netherlands bring global writing into its own tongue?

14 Oct
Double up on Dutch Poetry

Two prize-winning poets, Simone Atangana Bekono and Radna Fabias, exemplify the formal and linguistic diversity of contemporary Dutch poetry. Join us for this very special reading from their new books, translated by David Colmer.

14 Oct
Signposts: Your Essential Guide to Contemporary Dutch Literature

If you want to dive into Dutch literature, this event, hosted by Rosie Goldsmith, editor of the Dutch Riveter, is the perfect place to start!

14 Oct
New Dutch Writing Wrap Party

Join us to toast the New Dutch Writing campaign with drinks, music and goody bags, together with an opportunity to browse new books in translation, including the Verzet series of chapbooks by emerging writers and translators.

14 Oct
Brotherly Bonds

Jaap Robben and Jodie Chapman talk to Cathy Rentzenbrink about the powerful brotherly bonds at the heart of their books.

15 Oct
Literary Lives Retold

Connie Palmen (author of Your Story, My Story, translators Anna Asbury and Eileen J. Stevens, Amazon Crossing) which portrays Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes’ tempestuous relationship from Hughes’ perspective) in conversation with Nuala O’Connor (Nora, Harper Perennial)

16 Oct
Summer Brother – Jaap Robben in conversation with Tara Tobler

Jaap Robben is a well-loved writer in The Netherlands.  His novel Summer Brother, an honest and tender story of brotherly love, was longlisted for the International Booker Prize.

24 Oct
Whose (Hi)story, Whose Words?

Tessa Leuwsha and David McKay, in conversation with Henriette Louwerse, explore the importance of re-writing Dutch colonial stories from new perspectives and the art of translating them.

26 Oct
If Only with Mies Van Hout and David Colmer

A fun filled interactive session with international bestselling author-illustrator Mies Van Hout. If only I were a bee, thinks the firefly. If only I were a spider, thinks the bee. Sometimes we all wish to be like somebody else but we should never forget what makes us special.

28 Oct
Meet Popcorn Bob

Popcorn Bob is a laugh-out-loud story about a popcorn kernel that sprouts a face, arms and legs!  He introduces himself as Popcorn Bob and causes no end of chaos for Ellis after she discovers him.

29 Oct
Palm Trees at the North Pole

A clear, accessible and often funny book that will help young readers understand the most important issue humanity has ever faced – climate change. It’s about windmills and water power, icebergs and volcanoes, innovative scientists and brave inventors.


Past events

29 Sept
The Power of Friendship

The Power of Friendship with Phil Earle, Bali Rai, Lesley Parr, Anna Woltz chaired by Janet Smyth. Join our Festival Programme Consultant Janet Smyth for this inspiring event as she talks to authors Phil Earle, Bali Rai, Lesley Parr and Anna Woltz. This event will be followed by a live Q&A.

28 Sept
Looking after our Planet

Looking after our Planet with Emma Shevah & Marc ter Horst. Have you ever wanted to make a difference to the world but didn’t know quite where to start? Thai-Irish author Emma Shevah and Dutch writer Marc ter Horst are here to tell you how small things can make a big, and positive difference.

26 Jul
Jelmer Mommers: Our Future on a Hot Earth

If climate change is the biggest threat humanity has ever faced, why are we doing so little? Will the Covid-19 pandemic make it worse or better? And where do we go from here? Join climate journalist Jelmer Mommers from Amsterdam as he discusses his new book How Are We Going to Explain This? with Caroline O’Doherty, environment correspondent with the Irish Independent.

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