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.
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.
European Writers on War and Conflict
The National Centre for Writing present this event in partnerhsip with EUNIC, Flanders House, the Embassy of Sweden and the Cyprus High Commission.
The Number Bias – Sanne Blauw In conversation with Professor Wyn Morgan
Numbers dictate our lives – from school grades to the economy. Econometrist Sanne Blauw explains why figures are not as objective as they seem.
Book launch of My name is Selma
The Dutch Centre is celebrating the book launch of Selma van de Perre’s English translation of Mijn naam is Selma.
Rutger Bregman: There is Hope for the Human Race
In a live event that is part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Rutger Bregman shares his invigorating thesis that the vast majority of people are pretty decent.
Our Future on a Hot Earth
If climate change is the biggest threat humanity has ever faced, then why are we doing so little? Will the corona pandemic make it worse or better? And where do we go from here? Jelmer Mommers in Conversation with Matthew Stadlen.
New Dutch Writing Translation Workshop Series
A series of 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.
Humankind: A Hopeful History - Rutger Bregman at the Hay Festival
It’s a belief that unites the left and right, psychologists and philosophers, writers and historians. It drives the headlines that surround us and the laws that touch our lives. From Machiavelli to Hobbes, Freud to Pinker, the roots of this belief have sunk deep into Western thought. Human beings, we're taught, are by nature selfish and governed primarily by self-interest.
Rutger Bregman in conversation with Owen Jones - the Guardian Live
Join Dutch historian Rutger Bregman for a live streamed Q&A as part of the Guardian Live's new series of online events. He will be talking to Guardian journalist Owen Jones, and you'll get the chance to put some of your questions to him too.
New Dutch Writing Translator in Residence continues
We’re delighted that due to further funding from the Dutch Embassy, the New Dutch Writing Translator in Residence, Alice Tetley-Paul, will continue in her post until spring 2021.
Women in Translation Month
August is Women in Translation Month and we thought we would round up the month with highlighting not only some of the extraordinary Dutch women authors available in translation, but also books that women translators have brought to us, by rendering them so beautifully into English.
New Dutch Writing Translator in Residence
The New Dutch Writing Translator in Residence is an innovative, peripatetic residency for an emerging translator running from October 2019 to November 2020. Our Translator in Residence for this period is Alice Tetley-Paul. The Residency will bring the power of translation to wide ranging audiences, focusing on Dutch Literature in translation, alongside the wider New Dutch Writing campaign.
The Invisible Digital War
Six years ago, Huib Modderkolk began investigating the digital world. He gradually formed a picture of how systems built for free communication are exploited for espionage and manipulation, and unearthed secret operations by the Dutch, American and Russian intelligence services. His most important conclusion? We are vulnerable: computer systems control…
The Van Gogh Sisters
Many people are familiar with the life and art of Vincent van Gogh, and his extensive correspondence with his brother Theo. But their sisters - Ana, Lies, and Wil van Gogh -have gone overlooked until now. In this compelling group biography based on extensive primary resources, art historian Willem-Jan Verlinden…
Second Thoughts: On Being and Having a Second Child
While every parent knows more of what to expect the next time round, the birth of a second child is no less momentous. Family relationships multiply, birth-order myths hover and sibling rivalry and parental exhaustion threaten. Yet the potential for joy and love within the family also expands, as if…
Venice: The Lion, the City and the Water
Cees Nooteboom’s love for Venice, this “absurd combination of power, money, genius and great art,” has been ongoing for more than fifty years. The first visit was in 1964, in the company of a young woman. Then, in 1982, he arrived on the Orient Express. Only on his tenth visit…
The Righteous. How a Dutch consul saved thousands of Jews
At the beginning of the Second World War, the Dutch consul in Lithuania found a way to save the lives of thousands of Jewish people who had fled Poland, by giving them visas for the Dutch island of Curaçao in the Caribbean. Visas in hand, the refugees were able to…
How are We Going to Explain This?
In How Are We Going to Explain This? Our Future on an Ever Warmer Planet Jelmer Mommers presents a disarmingly concise and considered explanation of the global climate crisis and reveals the effective tools a growing movement is turning to. Tools you can pick up today to help create and…
The Seaweed Collector's Handbook
The Seaweed Collector's Handbook: From Purple Laver to Peacock’s Tail is a book filled with seaweed of all colours, immortalized in painting, praised in literature, emerged in fashion and fabric designs, prepared in tasty and nutritious dishes, supplemented with wholesome seaweed recipes from various continents. In an entertaining, poetic and…
It's a belief that unites the left and right, psychologists and philosophers, writers and historians. It drives the headlines that surround us and the laws that touch our lives. From Machiavelli to Hobbes, Freud to Dawkins, the roots of this belief have sunk deep into Western thought. Human beings, we're…
Pluses and Minuses
What is the relationship between the number of films Nicolas Cage appears in and the number of deaths by drowning in swimming pools? How in 1850s London did John Snow calculate the relationship between the city’s water suppliers and the number of deaths from cholera? If we consider that the…
The Number Bias: How Numbers Lead and Mislead Us
Numbers are everywhere – they might denote calories, work targets, statistics or the temperature outside – and while they are not as objective as they seem, figures still colour and shape our daily landscape. Econometrist and journalist Sanne Blauw penned this book for people who don’t know anything about numbers…