Marente de Moor
(The Hague, 1972) is a Slavist, a writer and columnist. She made her mark with the three novels she has written so far. 'Try and find one using such poignant metaphors like De Moor', Tubantia said about Roundhay, tuinscene (2013). In it she tells about the inventor Louis Le Prince, who made a short film before Edison and Lumière. In 2007 Marente, the daughter of writer Margriet de Moor, made her debut with De overtreder (The offender). In 2011 she won the AKO Literature Prize with De Nederlandse maagd (The Dutch virgin), in which an 18 year old daughter goes in search of her father's war past in 1936. De Moor studied at St Petersburg's drama school, worked in Russia as a correspondent and wrote articles and columns for De Groene Amsterdammer. In 1999 her columns were compiled under the title Petersburgse vertellingen (Peterburg stories). Later she worked as an editor for HP/De Tijd and now has a regular column in Vrij Nederland.(WU 2014 GR)
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On the opening night of the festival the freedom of speech and the power of the word are highlighted. The opening speech will be held by Dutch writer and journalist Ian Buruma. With the award ceremony of the prestigious Oxfam Novib/PEN Awards for Freedom of Expression PEN and Oxfam Novib honour international writers, journalists and film makers who, sometimes risking their own lives, seek the truth and make it known. The three winners are announced in January and one of them will take delivery of the prize.
The award winning ceremony is followed by a debate on social media in the struggle against repression, with among others Dutch writers Marente de Moor and Frank Westerman. Social media form an increasingly influential stage for the cultivation of the free word. Through their own sites, facebook pages and blogs writers, journalists and other citizens can give their opinions outside official channels, expose evils and fight forms of repression and corruption. How can we, as citizens of a growing 'Global Community' guarantee this freedom of expression? How can we prevent governments from curbing that freedom? Meanwhile in many places worldwide internet papers are controlles and bloggers prosecuted and detained.
The Alderman for Culture of the Municipality of The Hague Marjolein de Jong welcomes the audience. Arabist Petra Stienen presents the evening and leads the discussion. With music by the Uighur Trio Mäshräp.
The programme is in English, and organised in cooperation with PEN International, PEN Nederland and Oxfam Novib.