Rodaan Al Galidi
Rodaan Al Galidi is a poet and writer. Born in Iraq, trained as an architectural engineer, he has lived in the Netherlands since 1998. Since as an undocumented asylum seeker he did not have the right to attend language classes, he taught himself to read and write Dutch. Al Galidi already has five novels and seven books of poetry in Dutch under his belt, and has been nominated for a number of prizes. His novel The Autist and the Carrier Pigeon (2009) was crowned with the prestigious European Union’s Literature Prize in 2011, the same year he failed his citizenship course. 2016 has seen the publication of his well-received poetry collection Refrigerator Light and this, his sixth novel, How I Found a Talent for Living.
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.
ILFD Podcast - Rodaan Al Galidi with Caelainn Hogan
Hosted by Caelainn Hogan, Portals is a special podcast series from ILFDublin that takes listeners beyond their radius, through conversations with a half-dozen writers based across the globe, all of whom were scheduled to read at ILFDublin 2020, prior to its postponement.
Meet the World: Rodaan al Galidi & Jonathan Reeder
As part of Meet The World, we’re teaming up with the National Centre for Writing for a series of conversations between writers and their translators. Exploring the most exciting new books of 2020, it shines a light on the new Dutch and Flemish masters of fiction and poetry.
Rodaan al Galidi’s novel Two Blankets, Three Sheets offers a bleakly humorous account of the Dutch Asylum process. A big, existential novel about freedom and belonging, by a former Iraqi asylum seeker now settled in the Netherlands. Joining Rodaan will be translator Jonathan Reeder and chair Rosie Goldsmith.