Winternachten 2014

Friday Night Wintercafé: Who's Afraid of Youth

The Wintercafé is the meeting point of the festival, where writers and audience come together and are welcomed by MC Francis Broekhuijsen. In this first hour pupils of the Johan de Witt College present their poems, the result of a series of … read more

Bernke Klein Zandvoort, Francis Broekhuijsen

The Text of my Life: Fouad Laroui

Which texts from world literature has Dutch-Morrocan writer Fouad Laroui 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 … read more

Arjan Peters, Fouad Laroui, Tanja Jadnanansing

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. … read more

Roos Pollmann, Simon(e) van Saarloos, Wim Brands

The Text of my Life: Herman Koch

Which texts from world literature has Dutch writer Herman Koch 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. read more

Arjan Peters, Herman Koch, Tanja Jadnanansing

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 … read more

Linda Christanty, Simon(e) van Saarloos, Wim Brands

The Text of my Life: P.F. Thomése

Which texts from world literature has Dutch writer P.F. Thomése 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. read more

Arjan Peters, P.F. Thomése, Tanja Jadnanansing

The Text of my Life: Kira Wuck

Which texts from world literature has Dutch poet Kira Wuck 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. read more

Arjan Peters, Kira Wuck, Tanja Jadnanansing

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 … read more

Andrés Neuman, Simon(e) van Saarloos, Wim Brands

The Text of my Life: Marjolijn van Heemstra

Which texts from world literature has Marjolijn van Heemskerk, a Dutch writer and theatre maker, 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 … read more

Arjan Peters, Marjolijn van Heemstra, Tanja Jadnanansing

The Text of my Life: Aminatta Forna

Which texts from world literature has writer Aminatta Forna 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. read more

Aminatta Forna, Arjan Peters, Tanja Jadnanansing

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. read more

Alfred Schaffer, Simon(e) van Saarloos, Wim Brands

The Text of my Life: Anne Provoost

Which texts from world literature has writer Anne Provoost from Belgium 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 … read more

Anne Provoost, Arjan Peters, Tanja Jadnanansing

The Text of my Life: Theo van den Boogaard

Which texts from world literature has Dutch graphic novelist Theo van den Boogaard 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 … read more

Arjan Peters, Tanja Jadnanansing, Theo van den Boogaard

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 … read more

Elisabeth van Nimwegen, Simon(e) van Saarloos, Wim Brands

The Text of my Life: Abdelkader Benali

Which texts from world literature has Dutch-Moroccan writer Abdelkader Benali 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. … read more

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 … read more

Noreena Hertz, Simon(e) van Saarloos, Wim Brands

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 … read more

Arie Boomsma, Simon(e) van Saarloos, Wim Brands

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. read more

Nihad Siries, Simon(e) van Saarloos, Wim Brands

Can I put my heart at your feet?

Writers plunge into the world of sweet words, rapture and temptation. But, as Elisabeth Bennet remarked in Pride and Prejudice : 'If it's only a vague inclination, I'm convinced a poor sonnet will kill it stone dead.' An evening about the best … read more

Connie Palmen, Fouad Laroui, HartenJagers, Sabri Saad El Hamus

Don't mention the War: China and Japan

China and Japan share a war past; a subject that was unmentionable for a long time. At present the traumatic events and troubled relations are increasingly dealt with in film and literature. Geling Yan's film adaptation of her novel Thirteen Girls … read more

Geling Yan, Ian Buruma, Mathijs Deen

Buy me!

The writer increasingly becomes a brand name with an ever growing media circus surrounding book presentations. The anonymous author has stopped selling. 'Buy me!' the eyes of many a writer at many a talkshow table seem to be screaming. The show has … read more

Anne Provoost, Herman Koch, Nadia Bouras, P.F. Thomése

Saturday Night Wintercafé: Who's Afraid of Youth

The Wintercafé is the meeting point of the festival, where writers and audiences meet and are welcomed by MC Francis Broekhuijsen. In this first hour pupils of the Lyceum Ypenburg and Dalton Voorburg secondary schools present their poems; the result … read more

Francis Broekhuijsen, Johnny Bruce Muller, Kira Wuck

My farther-farthest child

The much-loved South African poet Antjie Krog introduces her son Andries Samuel, who with his much-praised poetry debut follows in her footsteps. Mother and son recite poems straight from the heart about family ties between parents and (grand)childr… read more

Andries Samuel, Antjie Krog, Marjolijn van Heemstra, Wende

Exceeding the boundaries: strip cartoonists Theo van den Boogaard and Rudolf Kahl

For Rudolf Kahl and Theo van den Boogaard boundaries are there to be crossed, both in word and image. Both strip cartoonists break taboos and rub and grate with their work. Kahl does this by his inventarisation of German Nazi uniforms and by telling … read more

Peter Breedveld, Rudolf Kahl, Theo van den Boogaard

Nothing to hide! A debate with the audience

Nothing to hide, my whole life on Facebook. Or rather, surely not? Why should we bother about privacy and how to use it in the social media? What are the differences in outlook between youngsters and the older generation? In a Socratic conversation … read more

Connie Palmen, Jan van Hooff, Maurits Martijn, Ruben Maes

The great estrangement: East-West 1945-1950

We plunge into a crucial episode in our history: 1945-1950. WOII had ended, but in the former Dutch East Indies the struggle which went hand in hand with colonisation was still raging vehemently. Ian Buruma looks into East-West relations in 1945 in … read more

Ad van Liempt, Godfried van Run, Ian Buruma, Linda Christanty

Let's talk about Sex

Two writers with diverse cultural backgrounds talk about the role of sex and violence in their literary work. The Indonesian writer Linda Christanty highlights religious, political and gender themes. In his novels Gary Barker - who calls himself a … read more

Gary Barker, Linda Christanty, Petra Stienen

The Turning Point

Tonight three authors talk about their drives, motivations and inspiration for taking up a career as a writer in an often violent and complex world. Architect Andries Samuel, documentary maker and BBC reporter Aminatta Forna and constructional … read more

Aminatta Forna, Andries Samuel, Mathijs Deen, Nihad Siries, Robert Dorsman

A piece of elite to the people - a polemic

Gone seem the times of literary fireworks between opponents who, with a feeling for language and humor, sought the boundaries of decency in their zeal to tirelessly cross verbal swords. Those good old times revive with a round of polemics between … read more

Abdelkader Benali, Elsbeth Etty, Saskia De Coster

Call me, call me!

'Name me, name me, speak to me, o, name me by my deepest name. For those I love, I want to be called,' Neeltje Maria Min wrote some fifty years ago in one of her most famous poems. The deep longing for love and confirmation is translated tonight in … read more

Alfred Schaffer, Antoine de Kom, Arie Boomsma, Kira Wuck, Miriam Van hee, Rodaan Al Galidi, Typhoon

Eyes Wide Open: Noreena Hertz & Femke Halsema

In an age where established orders are collapsing all around us, traditional gatekeepers are leaving their gates and people have to google their way through many disparate sources, it is getting increasingly difficult to distinguish the sense from … read more

Femke Halsema, Noreena Hertz

Like me. Please like me. Opening Lecture by Amin Maalouf

See me. Hear me. Read me. Appreciate me. Be like me. Do like me. Join me: with the democratisation of the media owing to the Internet and the social media, there is a growing longing for recognition. Not only do celebrities have a stage to sparkle … read more

Amin Maalouf, Aminatta Forna, Andrés Neuman, Fouad Laroui, Sheila Sitalsing

Writers Fest 2014

The Writers' Fest is the festive conclusion of the festival with a programme full of writers and other guests. The line-up consists of among others the Dutch poet Alfred Schaffer, Geert Mak, the South African poet Antjie Krog, Tom Lanoye, literary … read more

Aad Meinderts, Alfred Schaffer, Antjie Krog, Bettine Vriesekoop, Elsbeth Etty, Francis Broekhuijsen, Geert Mak, Huub van der Lubbe, Jaap Goedegebuure, Jan Paul Schutten, Marjolein de Jong, Micha Hamel, Oek de Jong, Ronald Snijders, Tijs Goldschmidt, Tiziano Perez, Tom Lanoye

NRC Leesclub Live: The Red Cavalry, by Isaak Babel

A valued tradition of the festival: the NRC Reading Club Live. Visitors read a book and give their opinion. But first we give the floor to the panel, consisting of Elsbeth Etty, Bas Heijne and guest editor Sana Valiulina, and hosted by Michel … read more

Bas Heijne, Elsbeth Etty, Michel Krielaars, Sana Valiulina

Andrés Neuman interviewed by Bas Heijne: On Grief and Comfort

Essayist and NRC Handelsblad columnist Bas Heijne talks to Argentine writer Andrés Neuman, author of Traveller of the Century , one of the most important Latin American writers of the new generation. Early 2014 Neuman's latest novel Hablar … read more

Andrés Neuman, Bas Heijne

Amin Maalouf interviewed by Petra Stienen

Arabist and writer Petra Stienen talks to the festival's guest of honour, the Lebanese/French author Amin Maalouf. Multiculturality in the Dutch debate has almost become anathema, but for Amin Maalouf it is a human right: 'We live in a world in … read more

Amin Maalouf, Petra Stienen

Opening Night: Free the Word!

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 … read more

Farah Karimi, Frank Westerman, Ian Buruma, Laura McVeigh, Manon Uphoff, Marente de Moor, Marjolein de Jong, Oksana Chelysheva, Petra Stienen, Trio Mäshräp