A day of refreshingly
open cultural exchange

New Dutch Writing at the British Library

Saturday 12th October
11am – 5.15pm

Four events shining a light on art, history & politics through a literary lens.

Simon Schama on his love affair with Dutch art.

Joris Luyendijk & Naema Tahir discuss liberal Dutch society – is it real?

Herman Koch & Esther Gerritsen celebrate anti-heroes.

Bart van Es & Jeroen Olyslaegers explore the Nazi occupation through personal stories.



11.05pm – 12.15pm

Liberalism – What’s the story?

Is Dutch society a model of political and social tolerance? Writer and journalist Joris Luyendijk joins author and human rights lawyer Naema Tahir to discuss.


2.45pm – 3.45pm

Stories of Nazi occupation

War, occupation and resistance are etched into the psyche of Dutch and Flemish literary history. Bart van Es discusses his biography The Cut Out Girl alongside Jeroen Olyslaegers, author of Will, set in occupied Antwerp.

12.35pm – 1.45pm

Welcome to the Dark Side

Esther Gerritsen, author of Roxy and Herman Koch, discussing
his latest novel The Ditch, explore the dark side of the human psyche in their fiction.


4pm – 5.15pm

Why is Dutch art so good?

Simon Schama is an historian and broadcaster of great distinction, who shares his abiding interest and knowledge of Dutch history and culture at this keynote talk.

Day tickets (four sessions):
£20 / £17 / £10

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New Dutch Writing is presented by the Dutch Foundation for Literature in association with Modern Culture.