Naema Tahir (1970) came to The Netherlands at age nine with her Pakistani parents. She read law and worked for various government ministries, the UNHCR and the Council of Europe in Strassbourg. In 2006, however, she decided to settle in the Netherlands and focus on her writer's career. In the fall of 2008 her book of Muslim fairy tales Little Green Riding hood And the Converted Wolf appeared, in which she jocularly deals with the clash of civilizations. In Eenzaam heden (Lonely Present) (2008) a migrant child tells about its feeling of being uprooted. Tahir made her debut with the nonfiction anthology A Muslima Unveiled, dealing with themes such as Muslims' self-criticism and women's liberation. Her fiction debut Precious Property (2006), a book with candid erotic stories, was a great success. Tahir is a regular contributor to the public debate.
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