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Simon(e) van Saarloos

Simon(e) van Saarloos - foto Mona van den Berg
Simon(e) van Saarloos - foto Mona van den Berg

(1990) is a philosopher, writer, columnist and debate moderator. She writes literary reviews, interviews, essays, opinion pieces and fiction. In 2015, some of her columns written for the nrc.next newspaper were collected as Ik deug / deug niet (I am good / bad). In 2016 she performed on stage in Holy F with actresses Sophie van Winden and Eva Marie de Waal. That same year her novel De vrouw die (The Woman Who) was published, followed in 2018 by ENZ. - De methode Wilders (The Wilders Method, ETC.) and in 2019 by Herdenken herdacht. Een essay om te vergeten (Rethinking Commemoration: An essay to forget). She writes her name as Simon(e) to point out the presence of gender in names.

(WN 2020)

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  • Winternachten 2020

    Opening Night

    With: Adriaan van Dis, Angelina Enny, Antjie Krog, Cynthia Mc Leod, Ellen Deckwitz, Goenawan Mohamad, Jolyn Phillips, Karin Amatmoekrim, Manon Uphoff, Nelleke Noordervliet, Petina Gappah, Reggie Baay, Rosabelle Illes, Shailesh Bahoran, Simon(e) van Saarloos, Ton van de Langkruis

    A fantastic line-up of Dutch and international authors provide a preview of the festival with their new poetry and prose, mixed with dance performances by Shailesh Bahoran. This festive evening celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Winternachten festival with the presentation of the (Dutch language) anniversary anthology De verovering van Jupiter (Over de dekolonisatie van de geest) (Conquering Jupiter: On decolonising the mind).

    At the behest of Writers Unlimited, all contributors wrote a short essay, story or poem for the anthology to reflect on the festival theme. It is a unique collection of - no surprise here - 25 wonderful pieces of writing edited by Toef Jaeger and published by Jurgen Maas. During the festival it will be available at the on-site De Vries Van Stockum bookstore and from 14 January 2020 at regular bookstores and online.

    In the same venue in which the first Indonesian Winternacht (forerunner of Winternachten Festival) took place in 1995 - the Theater aan het Spui - on this jubilee opening night we proudly present top (inter)national writers that have developed a special bond with our festival and its audience. These include: Goenawan Mahamad (Indonesia), who performed at the first Winternacht, Adriaan van Dis, Antjie Krog (South Africa), Nelleke Noordervliet, Reggie Baay, Manon Uphoff and Cynthia McLeod. Tip: be sure to look up these writers in our amazing online video archive!

    Writers Unlimited will always continue to seek out talent, and in 25 years has presented many debuting local and foreign writers. How wonderful, then, to welcome on this evening - once again, or for the first time: Petina Gappah (Zimbabwe), Angelina Enny (Indonesia), Rosabelle Illes (Aruba), Jolyn Phillips (South Africa) and, from the Netherlands, Karin Amatmoekrim, Simon(e) van Saarloos and Ellen Deckwitz. We await their appearances and recitations with bated breath.

    Theatre maker, choreographer and hiphop innovator Shailesh Bahoran performs parts of his dance solo Heritage that was inspired by his Hindostani background.

  • Winternachten 2020 – Friday Night Unlimited

    Free at Last: A Day of Decolonised Life

    Exciting! Are these fairy tales or is this finally a decolonised world? Writers Unlimited asked a very international group of eight authors to sum up a day of colonisation-free existence in poetry or prose. Eight days of liberation, each in their own way.

    In this event you will see and hear Akwasi, the Dutch rapper, actor and writer of Ghanaian background; Barbaros Altuğ, the Turkish writer, journalist and literary agent; Asmaa Azaizeh, Palestinian poet, journalist and cultural curator born in Lower Galilee in Israel's north; Petina Gappah, lawyer and writer from Zimbabwe; Cağla Meknuze, jounalist and poet from Turkey; Jolyn Phillips, writer, poet and composer from South Africa; Simon(e) van Saarloos, American-Dutch writer and philosopher; and Vamba Sherif, Liberian-Dutch writer and journalist.

    The authors present their work in their preferred writing language or mother tongue; Dutch and English translations are projected simultaneously.

  • Winternachten 2020 – Friday Night Unlimited

    Art Deco - liberating the Arts

    How do musicians, (visual) artists and curators deal with decolonization? How does it influence, enrich or hinder their work?

    During the Friday Night Unlimited program, several events will focus on the decolonization of the mind. How free is our mind, what does freedom mean, and are we truly free, or caught in the framework of our culture, society and history? This theme is party based on the essay collection Decolonizing the Mind by the Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong'o, in which he discusses colonized language and how its influence is still notable. Since he believes that language plays a constructive role in culture, history and identity, he argues for "lingustic decolonization".

    In this second event, Simon(e) van Saarloos discusses this subject with storyteller, rapper, actor and writer Akwasi and with poet, visual artist and activist Quinsy Gario.

  • Winternachten 2019 – Saturday Night Unlimited

    Thinking about Holland FFWD

    "Thinking of Holland / I see broad rivers / winding slowly through endless lowlands" is perhaps the best-known Dutch opening verse. In Memory of Holland written in 1936, Hendrik Marsman describes the lanscape and the struggle against water. Seven young authors went fast forward to today, allowing the poem to inspire their future vision of the Netherlands. Poets Asha Karami and Derek Otte, singer-songwriters Lounar and Raj Mohan, performer and visual artist Roberta Petzoldt, and writers Simone van Saarloos and Vamba Sherif presented their new versions. Programmer and host Francis Broekhuijsen opened the programme by reading Marsmans classic poem.

  • Winternachten 2019 – Friday Night Unlimited

    Books Unlimited: Leni Zumas & Jennifer Clement

    Get to know literary stars and their recent books. Philosopher Simone van Saarloos talked to US writer Leni Zumas about her futuristic bestseller Red Clocks and to US-Mexican writer Jennifer Clement about her latest novel Gun Love. Expect to hear about their motivation to write, the creation of their characters and the worldwide success of their books.
    In Red Clocks, Zumas sketches an intense portrait of four women. Their virtuostically told stories take place in an oppressive and all-too-imaginable future United States in which abortion, IVF and adoption is illegal for single women. The Guardian wrote about Gune Love: "Jennifer Clement's novel about a trailer park teen on a surreal journey across a gun-crazed land is superbly told."

  • De Methode Wilders

    The Wilders Method

    With: Abdelkader Benali, Karin Amatmoekrim, Simon(e) van Saarloos

    Philosopher Simone van Saarloos attended the trial against politician Geert Wilders, and developed a strong interest in het nationwide fascination for her person, attitude and method. For a long time she closely observed Wilders, his lawyers and the constantly attacked judges. In the book 'ENZ. - het Wildersproces' (ETC. - The Wilders Trial), through analysis and philosophy Van Saarloos tries to get to the bottom of what makes his followers admire him. Abdelkader Benali hosts the programme with Simone van Saarloos, Karin Amatmoekrim and other guests. The programme is Dutch spoken.

  • Winternachten 2017 – Friday Night Unlimited

    Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

    "The world is a story we tell ourselves about the world," according to Indian writer Vikram Chandra. Hanna Bervoets used the quote as a motto for her novel Efter, in which she investigates the fairy tales we tell ourselves and others to come to grips with our surroundings. Because we do tell one another fairy tales: about how the world appears, but also about how we ourselves appear. On Facebook, Instagram and vlogs we show our best side: photos are Photoshopped or simply "not allowed on timeline." Thus the world is not only a story we tell ourselves about the world, but also a story we tell the world about ourselves. With Hanna Bervoets, Salena Godden and others.

  • Brainwash 2016

    Writers Unlimited Brainwash: The Text of My Life

    With: Andrew Solomon, Ignaas Devisch, Jan Drost, Simon(e) van Saarloos, Stephan Sanders, Tamar de Waal, Thijs Lijster, Tom Chatfield

    Writers Unlimited nam deel aan de eerste Haagse editie van het Brainwash festival. In de Koning Willem foyer in de Koninklijke Schouwburg presenteerden we tussen 20.00 uur en 23.00 uur 'De tekst van mijn leven'. Stephan Sanders interviewde schrijvers en filosofen die te gast waren op het festival. Zij droegen hun favoriete teksten voor en lichtten toe waarom deze tekst, dit gedicht, romanfragment of deze songtekst hun leven en eigen werk heeft beïnvloed. Welke herinnering, welk gevoel riep die tekst nog bij hen op? Een doorlopend interviewprogramma, waarbij het publiek ook met de gasten in gesprek ging.

  • Winternachten 2015

    SATURDAY NIGHT UNLIMITED

    With: Martijn Knol, Simon(e) van Saarloos

    The varied Saturday night programme on 17 January (together with the Friday night programme) forms the heart of the festival, with dozens of events on five stages.

    Writers, poets and audience members come together for various programmes in a festive and informal atmosphere. The authors present work commissioned by the festival, read from their books, or discuss current issues.

    There are programmes in English and in Dutch, making a "Language No Problem" enjoyment of the evening possible. You can see the schedule below, or download it here as a pdf.

    Saturday guests include Karen Amstrong (UK), Reggie Baay, Wim Brands, Ian Buruma (US/NL), Jennifer Clement (US/Mexico), Leela Corman (US), Adriaan van Dis, Mira Feticu (NL/Romania), Louise O. Fresco, Dominique Goblet (Belgium), David Grossman (Israel), Stefan Hertmans, Bas Heijne, Cynthia McLeod (Suriname), Maaza Mengiste (US/Ethiopia), Nii Ayikwei Parkes (Ghana/UK), Gustaaf Peek, Nina Polak, David Van Reybrouck (Belgium), Vamba Sherif, Shantie Singh, Witold Szabłowski (Poland), and many more. One ticket allows access to all events.

    Programme is subject to change.

  • Winternachten 2015

    FRIDAY NIGHT UNLIMITED

    With: Abdelkader Benali, Simon(e) van Saarloos

    The varied Friday night programme on 16 January (together with the Saturday night programme) forms the heart of the festival, with dozens of events on five stages.

    Writers, poets and audience members come together for various programmes in a festive and informal atmosphere. The authors present work commissioned by the festival, read from their books, or discuss current issues.

    There are programmes in English and in Dutch, making a "Language No Problem" enjoyment of the evening possible. You can see the programma schedule below, or download the pdf of the 'Language no Problem' route here.

    English writer Karen Armstrong, known for her many books about world religions, delivers the opening lecture. Other guests include Muhammad Aladdin (Egypt), Abdelkader Benali, Cristina Branco (singing Remco Campert poems), Leela Corman (US), Jennifer Clement (US/Mexico), Maxim Februari, David Grossman (Israel), Cynthia McLeod (Suriname), Maaza Mengiste (US/Ethiopia), Dinar Rahayu (Indonesia), David Van Reybrouck (Belgium),Paul Scheffer, Mustafa Stitou, Niña Weijers, Tao Yue (NL/China), and many others. One ticket allows access to all events.

    Programme is subject to change.

  • Winternachten 2015 – SATURDAY NIGHT UNLIMITED

    New Talent in the House!

    Five powerful new female stars in the literary firmament talk about their ultimate sense of being at home in specially written commentaries. Much-discussed debutante Nina Polak and her up-and-coming colleagues Bregje Hofstede, Mira Feticu, Roos van Rijswijk, and Shantie Singh appear in a varied program. Presented by Simone van Saarloos. In Dutch.

  • Winternachten 2014 – FRIDAY NIGHT UNLIMITED

    The Text of my Life: Arie Boomsma

    Which texts from world literature has Dutch poetry anthologist and tv anchor Arie Boomsma cherished as long as he lives? This most beautiful or most inspiring text can be a poem, an excerpt from a novel or a song-text. He discusses the text with the audience. In Dutch.

  • Winternachten 2014 – FRIDAY NIGHT UNLIMITED

    The Text of my Life: Nihad Sirees

    Which texts from world literature has Syrian writer Nihad Sirees cherished as long as he lives? This most beautiful or most inspiring text can be a poem, an excerpt from a novel or a song-text. He discusses the text with the audience. In English.

  • Winternachten 2014 – FRIDAY NIGHT UNLIMITED

    The Text of my Life: Roos Pollmann

    Which texts from world literature has Dutch writer and actress Roos Pollman cherished as long as she lives? This most beautiful or most inspiring text can be a poem, an excerpt from a novel or a song-text. She discusses the text with the audience. In Dutch.

  • Winternachten 2014 – FRIDAY NIGHT UNLIMITED

    The Text of my Life: Noreena Hertz

    Which texts from world literature has econonomist and writer Noreena Hertz from Great Britain cherished as long as she lives? This most beautiful or most inspiring text can be a poem, an excerpt from a novel or a song-text. She discusses the text with the audience. In English.

  • Winternachten 2014 – FRIDAY NIGHT UNLIMITED

    The Text of my Life: Elisabeth van Nimwegen

    Which texts from world literature has Dutch writer Elisabeth van Nimwegen cherished as long as she lives? This most beautiful or most inspiring text can be a poem, an excerpt from a novel or a song-text. She discusses the text with the audience. In Dutch.

  • Winternachten 2014 – FRIDAY NIGHT UNLIMITED

    The Text of my Life: Alfred Schaffer

    Which texts from world literature has Dutch poet Alfred Schaffer cherished as long as he lives? This most beautiful or most inspiring text can be a poem, an excerpt from a novel or a song-text. He discusses the text with the audience. In Dutch.

  • Winternachten 2014 – FRIDAY NIGHT UNLIMITED

    The Text of my Life: Andrés Neuman

    Which texts from world literature has the Argentine writer Andrés Neuman cherished as long as he lives? This most beautiful or most inspiring text can be a poem, an excerpt from a novel or a song-text. He discusses the text with the audience. In English.

  • Winternachten 2014 – FRIDAY NIGHT UNLIMITED

    The Text of my Life: Linda Christanty

    Which texts from world literature has Linda Christanty from Indonesia cherished as long as she lives? This most beautiful or most inspiring text can be a poem, an excerpt from a novel or a song-text. She discusses the text with the audience. In English.

  • Winternachten 2014 – SATURDAY NIGHT UNLIMITED

    Tirade against a lightweight lover

    Editors of the literary magazine Tirade and several writers climb on to the soapbox in the foyer and hold a Tirade, as appeared in the anniversary edition of Tirade 450. Simone van Saarloos's diatribe is aimed against a lightweight lover.