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Read the stories and poems written for the online Winternachten festival 2021

Simon(e) van Saarloos, Winternachten festival, 13 januari 2021 - foto Serge Ligtenberg
Simon(e) van Saarloos, Winternachten festival, 13 januari 2021 - foto Serge Ligtenberg

For the five programmes of the online Winternachten international literature festival The Hague 2021 writers and poets from abroad and from the Netherlands wrote new stories, essays or poems. On our request, the authors took their inspiration from the theme of the programmes. Read the contributions by among others Arnon Grunberg, Salena Godden, Leena Norms, Sanam Sheriff, Mithu Sanyal, Sulaiman Addonia, Annemarie Estor and Amahl Raphael Khoury.

For the five live streamed programmes of the online Winternachten international literature festival The Hague 2021 (13-17 January) writers and poets from abroad and from the Netherlands wrote new stories, essays or poems. On our request, the authors took their inspiration from the theme of the programme. Below, find the overview per programme of the contributions. Click on the links to access and read the English language versions (opens as a pdf document in a new browser window).


#ItsUptoUs: Opening Night, 13 januari 2021

The dedicated contributions by authors Arnon Grunberg, Eva Meijer, Salena Godden, Raoul de Jong, Jaap Tielbeke and Simon(e) van Saarloos written and performed at Opening Night of Winternachten are available online now. From whose idea of "we" do they want to make a difference? What is needed to feel a sense of "us"? And is it even really up to us? Read their thoughts and reflections on the festival theme It's Up to Us!

#StillWeRise: Writing Climate (In)justice, 14 January 2021

A future world destroyed by extreme climate change is the setting of the novel The Swan Book (2013) by Aboriginal author Alexis Wright. For the program #StillWeRise: Writing Climate (In)Justice authors Sanam Sheriff, Benjamin Fro, Chihiro Geuzebroek and Leena Norms each respond to The Swan Book and the current climate crisis. Their contributions on request of the Winternachten international literature festival The Hague:

#TheFutureisFemale: The Female Convention, 15 January 2021

With German writer, journalist and cultural scientist Mithu Sanyal we zoomed out to a "politics of love" as she researches it in her books Vulva (2009) and Rape: From Lucretia to #MeToo (2019). In these books she explores how our society has dealt with sexual violence for centuries, and what that says about our beliefs on sex, sexuality and gender. Her contribution written on request of the Winternachten festival is also available as a video-essay: an inspiring and confrontational report by a driven researcher about her investigation into love as a political force.

Politics of Love | Mithu Sanyal (text version)
Politics of Love | Mithu Sanyal (video-essay)


#BacktoEarth: Tout-monde (Whole World), 16 January 2021

Read the new works by Sulaiman Addonia, Annemarie Estor and Amahl Raphael Khoury, written for the programme #BacktoEarth: Tout-monde (Whole World). View the world from another perspective; on request of the Winternachten festival the authors wrote a contribution in which they give a voice to non-human objects.

Sulaiman Addonia wrote a monologue by the ponds of Ixelles in Brussels
Annemarie Estor | Canto Excrementis
Amahl Raphael Khoury gives a voice to healing plants


#SoulCare: Radical Happiness, 17 January 2021

The poem Black Joy by South-African poet and performer Koleka Putuma was one of the inspirations for the programme #SoulCare: Radical Happiness. During the interview in this programme, she recited her poem. On request of Winternachten festival, Dutch poet Radna Fabias recited translations to Dutch of Putuma's poems Black Joy, Local and Water.
Read the original, English versions here.

Poems Black Joy, Local and Water by Koleka Putuma


(Read the original Dutch-language versions or the translation in Dutch here)

Posted on: Thursday 21 January 2021