Winternachten 2016

Where Can You Hide?

Four innocent young women looking for refuge. In Forgotten , José Eduardo Agualusa tells the story of Ludo, who locks herself in her home on the eve of Angola's independence. She stays there for three decades while wars rage outside. In The Book … read more

György Dragomán, Joanna Bator, José Eduardo Agualusa, Lex Bohlmeijer, Petina Gappah

Saturday Night Wintercafé: Storytelling

Listen to the most beautiful stories by students of the Hague High School and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in the foyer of the Theatre aan het Spui. It's an encore presentation of storytelling events that took place this … read more

Francis Broekhuijsen, Runa Svetlikova

Welcome in Holland

Rodaan Al Galidi roamed the world without a passport until he ended up in a Dutch refugee centre. What followed was a battle with the government, the system, and institutionalized evil. Without the benefits of refugee status or an integration … read more

Adriaan van Dis, Paul van der Gaag, Rodaan Al Galidi

Stars of Arabic Literature

Adonis, from Syria, is considered the most important contemporary Arabic poet. His work has finally been translated into Dutch. Tonight Adonis receives the first copy of his poetry collection Wat blijft ( What Remains ) from Rotterdam's Mayor … read more

Adonis, Ahmed Aboutaleb, Alaa al Aswani, Hassnae Bouazza

Helmut Lotti's Darkness

It's a well-kept secret that singer Helmut Lotti of Flanders interprets poetry beautifully. Especially for Winternachten, he'll explore the world of poetry, presenting his own 'dark' selection from around the world, accompanied by pianist Florejan … read more

Florejan Verschueren, Helmut Lotti

Seven Deadly Sins

Pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, anger and sloth. The seven deadly sins are inseparable from literature, film and visual art. The festival asked seven authors to each choose one and write a fresh text about it. Tonight you'll hear sinful stories … read more

Andrej Koerkov, Daan Heerma van Voss, Dick van der Harst, Guy Danel, José Eduardo Agualusa, Lieselot de Wilde, Mira Feticu, Neel Mukherjee, Petina Gappah, Reinier Voet, Slavenka Drakulić, Wim Konink

The Limits of Empathy

Indo-British writer Neel Mukherjee made the shortlist for the Man Booker Prize with his ambitious novel The Lives of Others , a tale of limited empathy and missing bonds within a large family. The Dutch translation will be presented during the … read more

Anna Luyten, Connie Palmen, Neel Mukherjee

Past Evils, Present Problems. Winternachten lecture by Susan Neiman

German-American philosopher Susan Neiman delivers this year's Winternachten Lecture. She zooms in on the way nations deal with their problematic pasts. Do Germans set a good example with their "Vergangenheitsaufarbeitung"? What about the Americans' … read more

Geert Mak, Neel Mukherjee, Sheila Sitalsing, Susan Neiman

The Text of my Life: György Dragomán

In Filmhuis Studio A 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

György Dragomán, Margot Dijkgraaf

The Text of my Life: Susan Neiman

In Filmhuis Studio A 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

Margot Dijkgraaf, Susan Neiman

The Text of my Life: Helmut Lotti

In Filmhuis Studio A the festival's guests 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 continuou… read more

Helmut Lotti, Margot Dijkgraaf

The Text of my Life: Adriaan van Dis

In Filmhuis Studio A 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

Adriaan van Dis, Margot Dijkgraaf

The Text of my Life: Daan Heerma van Voss

In Filmhuis Studio A 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

Daan Heerma van Voss, Margot Dijkgraaf

The Text of my Life: Alaa al Aswany

In Filmhuis Studio A 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

Alaa al Aswani, Margot Dijkgraaf

The Text of my Life: Stine Jensen

In Filmhuis Studio A 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

Margot Dijkgraaf, Stine Jensen

The Text of My Life: Kristien Hemmerechts

In Filmhuis Studio A 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, Kristien Hemmerechts

The Text of My Life: Petina Gappah

In Filmhuis Studio A 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, Petina Gappah

The Text of my Life: Inge Schilperoord

In Filmhuis Studio A 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, Inge Schilperoord

The Text of my Life: Johan de Boose

In Filmhuis Studio A 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, Johan de Boose

The Text of my Life: Jeroen van Rooij

In Filmhuis Studio A 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, Jeroen van Rooij

The Text of my Life: Maud Vanhauwaert

In Filmhuis Studio A 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, Maud Vanhauwaert

The text of my life: Joanna Bator

In Filmhuis Studio A 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, Joanna Bator

The text of my life: Andrej Kurkov

In Filmhuis Studio A 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

Andrej Koerkov, Arjan Peters

The text of my life: José Eduardo Agualusa

In Filmhuis Studio A 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, José Eduardo Agualusa

Friday Night Wintercafé: Spot On Young Poets

Francis Broekhuijsen presents the students of the Hague Montessori Lyceum, and the Johan de Witt College who read their own poetry, the result of workshops given by members of the Hague Poetry Guild. Young poets Jeroen van Rooij and Runa Svetlikova … read more

Francis Broekhuijsen, Jeroen van Rooij, Runa Svetlikova

Mind this book

In his worldwide hit The Dinner , Herman Koch explores difficult-to-imagine situations; in his recently filmed Kessels stories, P.F. Thomése immerses himself in gut-driven psychology. What attracts these authors to danger? Can writing itself be … read more

Herman Koch, P.F. Thomése

The writer as accomplice

Writers like to give bad guys their say. In her debut novel Muidhond , shortlisted for the ECI Literature Prize, forensic psychologist Inge Schilperoord knows how to generate sympathy for Jonathan, a convicted pedophile. In Alles verandert ( … read more

Inge Schilperoord, Kristien Hemmerechts, Marja Pruis

Writing in Times of Turmoil

Can a writer continue to seek refuge in imagination when all hell breaks loose? Andrej Kurkov wrote novels such as The President's Last Love before revolution broke out in his hometown of Kiev. He decided to write the non-fiction book Ukraine … read more

Alaa al Aswani, Andrej Koerkov, Lex Bohlmeijer

Debate: Is Man Behind all the World's Evil?

A debate in which Kristien Hemmerechts and Abdelkader Benali (who takes the place of Jamal Ouariachi, who is ill) use their humour and incisiveness to defend opposite views on the question, "Is man behind all the world's evil? (and behind him, … read more

Abdelkader Benali, Kristien Hemmerechts, Maud Vanhauwaert

Hello, Poetry and Music

At the end of the evening, let yourself be seduced by poetry from home and abroad. Listen to young poets Jeroen van Rooij and Runa Svetlikova and meet acclaimed poets like Adonis and Michael Krüger. MC Anna Luyten also introduces three nominees of … read more

Adonis, Anna Luyten, Dick van der Harst, Geert van Istendael, Guy Danel, Jeroen van Rooij, Lieselot de Wilde, Maud Vanhauwaert, Michael Krüger, Pieter Boskma, Reinier Voet, Runa Svetlikova, Wim Konink

Hello Brightness! In Search of Enlightenment

Philosopher Stine Jensen had lost her way in finding happiness when she discovered spirituality. In her book Go East! she dives into the world of yoga, meditation and mindfulness. She decides to become a yoga teacher, follows the teachings of an … read more

Maria Vlaar, Marieke de Lange, Stine Jensen

It's the War, Stupid!

How do extreme circumstances turn normal people into monsters capable of heinous crimes? In her book They Wouldn't Hurt a Fly , Slavenka Drakulić looked into the background of Yugoslavian war criminals to find reasons for their later misdeeds. … read more

Frank Westerman, Johan de Boose, Slavenka Drakulić

Anna Luyten in Conversation with Connie Palmen

"All great literature is about the fight against evil." Connie Palmen places these words in the mouth of the poet Ted Hughes in her most recent novel, Jij zegt het ( Whatever You Say ), a fictional autobiography of the poet who stayed silent for … read more

Anna Luyten, Connie Palmen

In Conversation with Karl Ove Knausgård

Karl Ove Knausgård (Norway, 1968) is a writer, translator and literary "rock star". His autobiographical novel cycle M y Struggle (2009-2011) is a worldwide hit. In six hefty parts, Knausgård tells us about his life and his relationship with … read more

Karl Ove Knausgård, Stine Jensen

Book Club: 'Woman' (My Struggle, Book 6) by Karl Ove Knausgård

Maria Vlaar (who takes the place of Wim Brands, who had to cancel for health reasons) engages in a conversation with the public about Woman , the final part of Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgård's My Struggle series. First, however, philosopher … read more

Marcel Möring, Maria Vlaar, Stine Jensen

NRC Book Club Live: Connie Palmen's Lucifer

A festival tradition: the NRC Book Club Live. A panel headed by NRC books editor Michel Krielaars, including staffers Margot Dijkgraaf, Arjen Fortuin and Toef Jaeger, discusses Connie Palmen's Lucifer (2007). In this philosophical whodunit, the … read more

Arjen Fortuin, Margot Dijkgraaf, Michel Krielaars, Toef Jaeger

Help, It's My Debut! Literary Brunch with CLEEFT

An informal literary brunch in the cozy foyer of Theatre aan het Spui, at the heart of the festival. This event is a collaboration with CLEEFT, a community of fans of film, books, exhibitions, concerts, performances, and culinary events. What … read more

Abdelkader Benali, Bregje Hofstede, Ferdinand Lankamp, Gerson Main, Lize Spit, Peter Nijssen

Writers' Fest

A festive event built around the presentation of the Jan Campert Prizes, the literary awards of the City of The Hague. In collaboration with the Jan Campert Foundation and the Dutch Foundation for Literature, Dutch literature is celebrated with … read more

Aad Meinderts, Adriaan van Dis, Anna Woltz, Annelies Verbeke, Dick van der Harst, Edward van de Vendel, Femke Halsema, Francis Broekhuijsen, Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer, Job Cohen, Joris Wijsmuller, Lamin Kuyateh, Michael Krüger, Rodaan Al Galidi, Typhoon

Opening Night: Free the Word!

On opening night, the spotlight is on freedom of speech.The Sino-British writer Jung Chang knows what it means to be unable to speak freely in one's country. Years after she left Communist China, her world-famous book Wild Swans: Three Daughters of … read more

Alaa al Aswani, Dick van der Harst, Dilek Dundar, Farah Karimi, Guy Danel, Habtom Yohannes, Jennifer Clement, Jung Chang, Lex Bohlmeijer, Manon Uphoff, Reinier Voet, Renate Dorrestein, Toine Heijmans, Ton van de Langkruis