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18 October
New Dutch Writing Translating Workshops

Three literary 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.

9 May
Marit Törnqvist and David Colmer at Boswell

Sometimes our feelings are so big, our dreams and our worries so wide, that we can’t find the words to express them. These thoughts and questions are explored in You Are The Loveliest by Hans and Monique Hagen. In this event, illustrator Marit and translator, David, take you on a Dutch odyssey to learn about and hear from the poems.

28 May
The Best Thing Never Planned

With Adiba Jaigirdar & Edward van de Vendel

Love has a way of taking you by surprise, something that the characters in Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating and The Days of Bluegrass Love have learned the hard way.

25 May
Feeling Your Feelings with Hans & Monique Hagen

Former Dutch Children’s Book Laureates Hans and Monique Hagen are present at the International Literature Festival Dublin to guide you through their book You Are The Loveliest. Each one of these very special poems and illustrations explores the many different feelings we can have; from the good to the bad to the silly.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

10 Oct
Anna Woltz: Talking To Alaska

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


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. 


My Especially Weird Week with Tess

10-year-old Sam is spending the holidays with his family on the Dutch island of Texel, but no one is having fun. His older brother has broken his ankle; his mum is plagued by migraines; and the morbidly imaginative Sam decides to prepare for the day his family might die by…

The Days of Bluegrass Love

Tycho Zeling is drifting through his life. Everything in it – school, friends, girls, plans for the future – just kind of … happens. Like a movie he presses play on, but doesn’t direct. So Tycho decides to break away from everything. He flies to America to spend his summer…

You Are The Loveliest

Sometimes our feelings are so big, our dreams and our worries so wide, that we can’t find the words to express them. How much love we feel; what a new sibling will bring; exactly what it’s like to take a hard tumble, or to want the sun to shine on…

Ironhead, or, Once A Young Lady

Stans is eighteen and far too mouthy for a girl. Her younger brother Pier is a sanctimonious swot who, acting as a chaperone, desperately tries to keep his sister under control. Their father is an inventor with money problems, and in Ghent in 1808 a daughter is the perfect collateral…

Popcorn Bob

Ellis loves popcorn. Who doesn’t? But one day her school goes on a healthy eating campaign and her dads decide to follow suit, banning all snack foods from their house, including popcorn. Unfair. Ellis has got to get around that edict, so one night she pops a bag of popcorn…

I Wish

In thirty-three delightful poems by Toon Tellegen, paired with luminous portraits by Ingrid Godon, children wish for courage, a sudden miracle, an extremely unusual pet, or the ability to become a song, hummed by all those in love. I Wish pairs poems with a gallery of portraits inspired by old-fashioned…

I’ve got a Great Big Tractor

Hippo, pigs Oink and Oink, Elephant, Rhino, Mouse and Tiger all participate in the big race for the gold cup. They all brag. And they all laugh at Rijk and his tractor… Who will win the cup? I’ve Got a Great Big Tractor is a hilarious picture book in rhyme…

What Ollie Saw

Ollie doesn’t see things the same way everybody else does (and he certainly doesn’t see things the same way his older sister does). Instead of cars in traffic, Ollie sees a circus parade. Instead of cows grazing in a field, Ollie sees deadly bison with sharp horns and hooves. And…

Palm Trees at the North Pole

In Palm Trees at the North Pole: The Hot Truth About Climate Change, Marc ter Horst tells his readers everything they need to know about climate change. It’s a story filled with volcanoes, mammoths and steam engines. And with brave scientists drilling deep into the ice to prove that climate…

Where is the Dragon?

The king has seen a dragon and is afraid to go to bed before his three bravest knights have slain it. But where does the dragon hide in the dark? The three knights are undaunted, convinced they will soon find him. But it is not as easy as they had…