Winternachten 2015

The Text of My Life: Bas Heijne

In the Filmhuis Studio the festival's guest writers present their favourite literary texts and explain why a particular poem, novel excerpt, or song lyric influenced their life and work. Which memory, what feeling does this text call up for them? A … read more

Bas Heijne, Fidan Ekiz, Wim Brands

The Text of My Life: Vamba Sherif

In the Filmhuis Studio the festival's guest writers present their favourite literary texts and explain why a particular poem, novel excerpt, or song lyric influenced their life and work. Which memory, what feeling does this text call up for them? A … read more

Fidan Ekiz, Vamba Sherif, Wim Brands

The Text of My Life: Dominique Goblet

In the Filmhuis Studio the festival's guest writers present their favourite literary texts and explain why a particular poem, novel excerpt, or song lyric influenced their life and work. Fado singer Cristina Branco joins in. Which memory, what … read more

Dominique Goblet, Fidan Ekiz, Wim Brands

The Text of My Life: Maaza Mengiste

In the Filmhuis Studio the festival's guest writers present their favourite literary texts and explain why a particular poem, novel excerpt, or song lyric influenced their life and work. Which memory, what feeling does this text call up for them? A … read more

Fidan Ekiz, Maaza Mengiste, Wim Brands

The Text of My Life: Louise O. Fresco

In the Filmhuis Studio the festival's guest writers present their favourite literary texts and explain why a particular poem, novel excerpt, or song lyric influenced their life and work. Which memory, what feeling does this text call up for them? A … read more

Fidan Ekiz, Louise O. Fresco, Wim Brands

The Text of My Life: Stefan Hertmans

In the Filmhuis Studio the festival's guest writers present their favourite literary texts and explain why a particular poem, novel excerpt, or song lyric influenced their life and work. Which memory, what feeling does this text call up for them? A … read more

Fidan Ekiz, Stefan Hertmans, Wim Brands

The Text of My Life: Cynthia McLeod

In the Filmhuis Studio the festival's guest writers present their favourite literary texts and explain why a particular poem, novel excerpt, or song lyric influenced their life and work. Which memory, what feeling does this text call up for them? A … read more

Cynthia McLeod, Fidan Ekiz, Wim Brands

The Text of My Life: Gustaaf Peek

In the Filmhuis Studio the festival's guest writers present their favourite literary texts and explain why a particular poem, novel excerpt, or song lyric influenced their life and work. Which memory, what feeling does this text call up for them? A … read more

Fidan Ekiz, Gustaaf Peek, Wim Brands

The Text of My Life: Jennifer Clement

In the Filmhuis Studio the festival's guest writers present their favourite literary texts and explain why a particular poem, novel excerpt, or song lyric influenced their life and work. Which memory, what feeling does this text call up for them? A … read more

Arjan Peters, Jennifer Clement, Nuweira Youskine

The Text of My Life: Witold Szabłowski

In the Filmhuis Studio the festival's guest writers present their favourite literary texts and explain why a particular poem, novel excerpt, or song lyric influenced their life and work. Which memory, what feeling does this text call up for them? A … read more

Arjan Peters, Nuweira Youskine, Witold Szabłowski

The Text of My Life: Ian Buruma

In the Filmhuis Studio the festival's guest writers present their favourite literary texts and explain why a particular poem, novel excerpt, or song lyric influenced their life and work. Which memory, what feeling does this text call up for them? A … read more

Arjan Peters, Ian Buruma, Nuweira Youskine

The Text of My Life: Milena Michiko Flašar

In the Filmhuis Studio the festival's guest writers present their favourite literary texts and explain why a particular poem, novel excerpt, or song lyric influenced their life and work. Which memory, what feeling does this text call up for them? A … read more

Arjan Peters, Milena Michiko Flašar, Nuweira Youskine

The Text of My Life: Paul Scheffer

In the Filmhuis Studio the festival's guest writers present their favourite literary texts and explain why a particular poem, novel excerpt, or song lyric influenced their life and work. Which memory, what feeling does this text call up for them? A … read more

Arjan Peters, Nuweira Youskine, Paul Scheffer

The Text of My Life: Mustafa Stitou

In the Filmhuis Studio the festival's guest writers present their favourite literary texts and explain why a particular poem, novel excerpt, or song lyric influenced their life and work. Which memory, what feeling does this text call up for them? A … read more

Arjan Peters, Mustafa Stitou, Nuweira Youskine

The Text of My Life: Nii Ayikwei Parkes

In the Filmhuis Studio the festival's guest writers present their favourite literary texts and explain why a particular poem, novel excerpt, or song lyric influenced their life and work. Which memory, what feeling does this text call up for them? A … read more

Arjan Peters, Nii Ayikwei Parkes, Nuweira Youskine

The Text of My Life: Niña Weijers

In the Filmhuis Studio the festival's guest writers present their favourite literary texts and explain why a particular poem, novel excerpt, or song lyric influenced their life and work. Which memory, what feeling does this text call up for them? A … read more

Arjan Peters, Niña Weijers, Nuweira Youskine

Karen Armstrong Meets Bas Heijne

Conflicts over religion are more topical than ever, but religion is as old as the hills. Throughout the ages, people have established temples, churches, and mosques to honour their god(s). Where does the deep-seated need to believe in something come … read more

Bas Heijne, Karen Armstrong

The Text of my Life: Nina Polak

In the Filmhuis Studio the festival's guest writers present their favourite literary texts and explain why a particular poem, novel excerpt, or song lyric influenced their life and work. Which memory, what feeling does this text call up for them? A … read more

Fidan Ekiz, Nina Polak, Wim Brands

The Text of My Life: Cristina Branco

In the Filmhuis Studio the festival's guest writers and musicians present their favourite literary texts and Which memory, what feeling does this text call up for them? A continuous interview programme, in which the audience also talks with the … read more

Arjan Peters, Cristina Branco

Saturday Night Wintercafé: Who's Afraid of Youth

During this first hour, MC Francis Broekhuijsen presents students from the Hague secondary schools reading their poems, the outcome of a series of school workshops. They perform with poet Maarten van der Graaff. read more

DJ Socrates, Francis Broekhuijsen, Maarten van der Graaff

Friday Night Wintercafé: Who's Afraid of Youth

During this first hour, MC Francis Broekhuijsen presents students from the Hague secondary schools reading their poems, the outcome of a series of school workshops. They perform with poet Ineke Riem. read more

DJ Safri, Francis Broekhuijsen, Ineke Riem

Sex, Comics, and Weltschmerz

Graphic novelists Leela Corman of New York and the Walloon Dominique Goblet engage in conversation with Peter Breedveld about the harsh realities and personal tragedies behind their art, and about the sensual merging of text and drawings. In English. read more

Dominique Goblet, Leela Corman, Peter Breedveld

Ian Buruma Introduces Witold Szabłowski

A conversation about the need to ask difficult questions, the importance of investigative journalism, and the rise of literary non-fiction. Witold Szabłowski is an award-winning Polish "literary" journalist and Ian Buruma is internationally … read more

Ian Buruma, Witold Szabłowski

Forgotten Slavery in the Dutch East Indies

When slavery comes up, everyone thinks of Suriname and the Antilles but never of Indonesia. Why has the Dutch history of more than 260 years of slave trade in the Dutch East Indies been collectively forgotten? Exactly 155 years after the (official) … read more

Paul van der Gaag, Reggie Baay

Poets in the House

Saturday Night Unlimited ends on a festive note with poetic presentations by writers who not only produce wonderful prose but also have a poet's heart beating within. Come listen to David Grossman's reading from Falling Out of Time , and to poems … read more

David Grossman, Ernst Reijseger, Jennifer Clement, Martijn Knol, Nii Ayikwei Parkes, Stefan Hertmans

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 … read more

Bregje Hofstede, Mira Feticu, Nina Polak, Roos van Rijswijk, Shantie Singh, Simon(e) van Saarloos

This is Our Way — Public Discussion

This is our way, and that is their way... How do you deal with one another in an environment where so many cultures live side by side? What language do you speak? What do you do on one another's holidays? In the Netherlands we can't quite figure it … read more

Bas Heijne, Cynthia McLeod, Ruben Maes, Vamba Sherif

At the Home Front

Is there still such a thing as "home" when you return after a war? How do you rebuild a life? How do you reconstitute a civilization? Ian Buruma wrote Year Zero: A History of 1945 , about the immediate aftermath of WWII. Stefan Hertman's War and … read more

David Van Reybrouck, Ian Buruma, Louise O. Fresco, Stefan Hertmans

Writers Formerly Known as African

Maaza Mengiste comes from Ethiopia, but emigrated the US as a child and studied in New York. Nii Ayikwei Parkes was born in London to Ghanaian parents. The novels of both authors point to a strong bond with the land of their parents. What does this … read more

David Van Reybrouck, Maaza Mengiste, Nii Ayikwei Parkes, Toef Jaeger

Voices from the East

Indonesian author Dinar Rahayu wrote a novel about S&M and transsexuality; the dream debut of Austrian-Japanese writer Milena Michiko Flašar—titled I Called Him Necktie— was about friendship and humanity; and Tao Yue, a Chinese writer living in the … read more

Dinar Rahayu, Milena Michiko Flašar, Remco Breuker, Tao Yue

We're Not Holding Our Breath for a Good Book

Philosopher Maxim Februari and writer Martijn Knol are passionate readers. In which novels do they feel at home, and in which ones would they absolutely not want to live? A playful and personal exchange. In Dutch. read more

Martijn Knol, Maxim Februari

Fit In or Buzz Off

Nuweira Youskine dons verbal boxing gloves and takes on Adriaan van Dis. Shall we drink tea together or beat each other up? Multiculturalism has failed! Fit in or buzz off! No, say the idealists, let's drink tea. It's all our own fault, now we must … read more

Abdelkader Benali, Adriaan van Dis, Nuweira Youskine

Ode to Remco's Coat

The spotlight shines on the poetry of Remco Campert in this festive programme. Portuguese fado singer Cristina Branco set Campert's Ode aan mijn jas ( Ode to My Coat ) to music especially for this event. She is accompanied by João Paulo. Mustafa … read more

Alfred Schaffer, Alma Mathijsen, Blue Moon, Cristina Branco, Hanneke van Eijken, Hester Knibbe, Mustafa Stitou, Peter Verhelst

Tear Down the Wall

"If a man isn't willing to stand behind his opinions, either his opinions are no good or he's no good," said poet Ezra Pound. Do art and literature create a safe environment for breaking taboos? Should artists and writers explore their personal … read more

Arjan Visser, Leela Corman, Muhammad Aladdin, Niña Weijers

Home Is Where the Hell Is

"I deem it the duty of the writer to pick at sore spots, to find a new way, in language the reader has not yet learned how to block out, to describe how complicated the situation is," says well-known Israeli writer David Grossman. He prefers to look … read more

David Grossman, Jennifer Clement, Maaza Mengiste, Manon Uphoff

Violence and Religion - Opening Lecture by Karen Armstrong

British author Karen Armstrong starts off the first evening of the festival with the 9th Winternachten Lecture. Her subject is violence and religion. What are the factors that lead to eruptions of violence and war? How can we live together peacefull… read more

Karen Armstrong, Muhammad Aladdin, Paul Scheffer, Sheila Sitalsing

A Conversation with David Grossman

A conversation between Israeli writer David Grossman and interviewer Lex Bohlmeijer. This famous author writes children's books, novels, and essays. He considers it his task to make understandable the complexity of the world in which we live. His … read more

David Grossman, Lex Bohlmeijer

Wim Brands Reading Club: Falling Out of Time, by David Grossman

Wim Brands, maker and host of the VPRO Boeken ( Books ) programme on radio and television, discusses festival guest David Grossman's novel Falling Out of time (2012) with the audience. But first, Dutch writers Sanne Terlouw and Toef Jaeger … read more

Sanne Terlouw, Toef Jaeger, Wim Brands

A Conversation with Adriaan van Dis

A one-on-one conversation with much-loved writer Adriaan van Dis. The subject matter includes his new novel Ik kom terug ( I'm Coming Back ). Historian and TV host Hans Goedkoop leads the interview. Adriaan van Dis is a journalist, television … read more

Adriaan van Dis, Hans Goedkoop

NRC Reading Club Live: Familieziek (Repatriated), by Adriaan van Dis

An honoured festival tradition: the NRC Reading Club Live. The panel, made up of editors Elsbeth Etty, Bas Heijne and writer Gustaaf Peek, discusses Adriaan van Dis' novel Familieziek ( Repatriated ). The NRC Handelsblad newspaper's book-section … read more

Bas Heijne, Elsbeth Etty, Gustaaf Peek, Michel Krielaars

The Writers' Fest

Francis Broekhuijsen hosts the festival's concluding celebration: the Writers' Fest, a varied programme centred around Dutch literature. Poet Maria Barnas begins the afternoon with an ode to poetry. Writer and critic Kees' t Hart introduces the … read more

Aad Meinderts, Bart Moeyaert, Bas Heijne, Calliope Tsoupaki, Cristina Branco, De Règâhs, Dimitri Verhulst, Francis Broekhuijsen, Ivo van Hove, Jan van Mersbergen, Joris Wijsmuller, Kees 't Hart, Luc Coorevits - Behoud de Begeerte, Lucky Fonz III, Maarten 't Hart, Maria Barnas, Mensje van Keulen, Piet Gerbrandy

Opening Night: Free the Word!

A special opening night featuring a keynote speech by Karl Ove Knausgård, the Oxfam Novib PEN Awards for Freedom of Expression, a debate moderated by Petra Stienen, and concluding words by David Van Reybrouck. Freedom of speech and the power of … read more

David Van Reybrouck, Dinar Rahayu, Farah Karimi, John Ralston Saul, Joris Wijsmuller, Karl Ove Knausgård, Leela Corman, Mano Bouzamour, Manon Uphoff, Mohammed Benzakour, Nelleke Noordervliet, Pauni Trio, Petra Stienen, Razan al-Maghrabi, Ton van de Langkruis