Winternachten 2017

The Book of My Life: Ece Temelkuran

The Turkish writer/journalist talks about her favourite book - the book that inspires or moves her; the book that formed her moral or intellectual compass; the book that she would recommend to anyone. Interviewer: Hassnae Bouazza. In English. read more

Ece Temelkuran, Hassnae Bouazza

The Book of My Life: Mircea Cărtărescu

The Romanian writer talks about his favourite book - the book that inspires or moves him; the book that formed his moral or intellectual compass; the book that he would recommend to anyone. Interviewer: Hassnae Bouazza. read more

Hassnae Bouazza, Mircea Cărtărescu

The Book of My Life: Colson Whitehead

The American writer talks about his favourite book - the book that inspires or moves him; the book that formed his moral or intellectual compass; the book that he would recommend to anyone. Interviewer: Arjan Peters. In English . read more

Arjan Peters, Colson Whitehead

The Book of My Life: Michel Faber

The writer talks about his favourite book - the book that inspires or moves him; the book that formed his moral or intellectual compass; the book that he would recommend to anyone. Interviewer: Arjan Peters. In English. read more

Arjan Peters, Michel Faber

The Book of My Life: Marieke Rijneveld

The poet talks about her favourite book - the book that inspires or moves her; the book that formed her moral or intellectual compass; the book that she would recommend to anyone. Interviewer: Arjan Peters. In Dutch. read more

Arjan Peters, Marieke Lucas Rijneveld

The Book of My Life: Tommy Wieringa

The Dutch writer talks about his favourite book - the book that inspires or moves him; the book that formed his moral or intellectual compass; the book that he would recommend to anyone. In Dutch. read more

Arjan Peters, Tommy Wieringa

The Book of My Life: Dorit Rabinyan

The writer talks about her favourite book - the book that inspires or moves her; the book that formed her moral or intellectual compass; the book that she would recommend to anyone. Interviewer: Arjan Peters. In English. read more

Arjan Peters, Dorit Rabinyan

The Book of My Life: Rodaan  Al Galidi

The writer talks about her favourite book - the book that inspires or moves him; the book that formed his moral or intellectual compass; the book that he would recommend to anyone. Interviewer: Arjan Peters. In Dutch. read more

Arjan Peters, Rodaan Al Galidi

The Book of My Life: Olga Grjasnowa

The Azerbaijani-German writer talks about her favourite book - the book that inspires or moves her; the book that formed her moral or intellectual compass; the book that she would recommend to anyone. Interviewer: Hassnae Bouazza. In English. read more

Hassnae Bouazza, Olga Grjasnowa

The Book of my Life: Baban Kirkuki

The Iraqi/Dutch poet talks about his favourite book - the book that inspires or moves him; the book that formed his moral or intellectual compass; the book that he would recommend to anyone. Interviewer: Hassnae Bouazza. In Dutch. read more

Baban Kirkuki, Hassnae Bouazza

The Book of My Life: Piotr Ibrahim Kalwas

The Polish author talks about his favourite book - the book that inspires or moves him; the book that formed his moral or intellectual compass; the book that he would recommend to anyone. Interviewer: Hassnae Bouazza. In English. read more

Hassnae Bouazza, Piotr Ibrahim Kalwas

The Book of My Life: Rodrigo Hasbún

Rodrigo Hasbún talks about his favourite book - the book that inspires or moves him; the book that formed his moral or intellectual compass; the book that he would recommend to anyone. Interviewer: Hassnae Bouazza. In English. read more

Hassnae Bouazza, Rodrigo Hasbún

The Book of My Life: Bas Heijne

Bas Heijne talks about his favourite book - the book that inspires or moves him; the book that formed his moral or intellectual compass; the book that he would recommend to anyone. Interviewer: Hassnae Bouazza. In Dutch read more

Bas Heijne, Hassnae Bouazza

Saturday Night Wintercafé: Spot on Young Poets

Francis Broekhuijsen presents students of Hague high schools reading their own poetry, the result of workshops led by members of the Hague Poets' Guild. Young poet and 2014 C. Buddingh Prize winner Maarten van der Graaff and British poet and … read more

Francis Broekhuijsen, Maarten van der Graaff, Salena Godden

Friday Night Wintercafé: Spot on Young Poets

Francis Broekhuijsen presents students of Hague high schools reading their own poetry, the result of workshops led by members of the Hague Poets' Guild. Young poet and 2016 C. Buddingh Prize winner Marieke Rijneveld and British poet and performer … read more

Francis Broekhuijsen, Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, Salena Godden

The Return of Sultans & Tsars?

Dutch-Estonian writer Sana Valiulina, the Turkish writer and journalist Ece Temelkuran and and famous Russian novelist Mikhail Shishkin discuss the backgrounds of the current turbulent period in Turkey and Russia. How far back in history must we go … read more

Bas Heijne, Ece Temelkuran, Michaïl Sjisjkin, Sana Valiulina

Ideology as an Act of Fiction

Writers are more likely to take up the pen than the sword in order to fight injustice. Fiction becomes their ideological act. In The Underground Railway , the American Colson Whitehead gives a voice to Cora the slave in the so-called land of the … read more

Carolina Trujillo, Colson Whitehead, Judith Uyterlinde, Mircea Cărtărescu, Rodrigo Hasbún

The Dutch on the Couch: Tommy Wieringa

A country sees the doctor — the Netherlands is suffering from agoraphobia. Do we want more or fewer Moroccans? How many refugees do we take in? And why don't the people who consider Black Pete racist piss off to their own countries? In the role of … read more

Damiaan Denys, Tommy Wieringa

IS: The Counter-Narrative

The so-called Islamic State is more than a band of rebels or a terror network. Their campaign of terror in conquered villages and cities, their terrorist attacks in Europe, and their written and visual propaganda looks and sounds like a coherent … read more

Arnon Grunberg, Beri Shalmashi, Frank Westerman, Hassnae Bouazza, Rodaan Al Galidi, Spoken Beat Night

IS: The Horror Show

A late-night show about a daring subject: today's campaign of terror by the Islamic State within and outside the Arabic world. Iraqi-born writer Hassan Blasim - The Guardian called him "perhaps the best writer of Arabic fiction alive" - reads from … read more

Arnon Grunberg, Hassan Blasim, Hassnae Bouazza, Ian Buruma, Spoken Beat Night

My Secret City

Can the secrets of a city — a collection of microcosms, a collection of past and layered histories — ever be completely and commonly uncovered? The festival asked seven authors to write about their own "secret" cities. Not the city that they see … read more

Hanna Bervoets, Maarten van der Graaff, Mircea Cărtărescu, Olga Grjasnowa, Piotr Ibrahim Kalwas, Rodrigo Hasbún, Salena Godden, Spoken Beat Night

The Secret Space - Poetry

Within De verborgen ruimte ( The Secret Space ), the map is newly read and drawn by nine poets. Which sounds and tones belong in it, what has not yet been said, and what is continually misunderstood? Who is on the sidelines or smack in the centre? … read more

Dominique De Groen, Hannah van Binsbergen, Maarten van der Graaff, Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, Mira Feticu, Obe Alkema, Rodaan Al Galidi, Ruth Lasters, Simone Atangana Bekono, Ton van 't Hof

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 … read more

Hanna Bervoets, Salena Godden, Simon(e) van Saarloos

The Dutch on the Couch: Stine Jensen

A country sees the doctor — the Netherlands is suffering from burnout. Young and old are working themselves to pieces: placement tests of elementary schoolchildren can make or break their futures; graduates can't find work without four Masters and … read more

Damiaan Denys, Stine Jensen

This Is Not America (Part 2)

The unexpected election of businessman Donald Trump as president of the United States will be signed and sealed in Washington this Friday, 20 January. The choice of Trump is seen primarily as a protest by citizens against the established political … read more

Arnon Grunberg, Bas Heijne, Ian Buruma, Margriet Oostveen, Spoken Beat Night, Stephan Sanders

This Is Not America (part 1)

A late-night show about the United States of America that touches on many issues, from the shrinking middle class to the differences between whites and blacks, from hopeful new immigrants to the embittered white underclass. The America of the … read more

Christine Otten, Colson Whitehead, Ian Buruma, Rodrigo Hasbún, Spoken Beat Night, Stephan Sanders

In the Mirror of Refugees

The image that refugees have of Europe does not match the reality they experience upon arrival. Europe is a fiction. German-Azerbaijani writer Olga Grjasnowa wrote about the displaced in a globalized world; the Russian Michaïl Sjisjkin translated … read more

Baban Kirkuki, Hassan Blasim, Jeroen van Kan, Michaïl Sjisjkin, Olga Grjasnowa, Salena Godden, Spoken Beat Night, Tommy Wieringa

The Tale of Two Cities

Four writers, eight cities. In The tale of Two Cities, writers for whom "the city" has more than one face have their say. Dutch sociologist Corina Duijndam lived among disadvantaged youth in the suburbs of Paris and Amsterdam; Ibrahim Piotr Kalwas … read more

Christine Otten, Corina Duijndam, Dorit Rabinyan, Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer, Piotr Ibrahim Kalwas

Winternachten lecture: Fiction in Fake Times

What is real, what is fake? And yet it's the fabrications that can provide insight into the world in which we live. The Anglo-Dutch Michel Faber, who kicks off the evening with the Winternachten Lecture about reality and fantasy, creates a future … read more

Hanna Bervoets, Lex Bohlmeijer, Michel Faber, Mircea Cărtărescu, Spoken Beat Night, Tomas Sedlacek

NRC Live Reading Club: Louise O. Fresco

Director, scientist, writer and columnist Louise O. Fresco discusses Maria Dermoût's De tienduizend dingen ( Ten Thousand Things ) with the public, introduced by NRC Handelsblad newspaper's books editor Michel Krielaars. Fresco tells us why it … read more

Louise O. Fresco, Michel Krielaars

Reading the Bible with Sedlacek

Reading the Bible with Sedlacek promises to be a highly inspiring experience: a meeting plus lecture plus dialogue with the world-famous macro-economist Tomas Sedlacek about the extremely fascinating relationship between the economy and Bible … read more

Babah Tarawally, Stevo Akkerman, Tomas Sedlacek

The Writers' Fest

A festive program built around the presentation of the Jan Campert Prizes, the literary awards of the City of The Hague. We celebrate Dutch literature with a variety of performances by writers, poets and musicians. Writer Karin Amatmoekrim gives us … read more

Aad Meinderts, Alfred Marseille, Anton Valens, Atte Jongstra, Benno Tempel, Charlotte Van den Broeck, Eric Vloeimans, Hassnae Bouazza, Jan Baeke, Joris Wijsmuller, Karin Amatmoekrim, Katinka Polderman, Kees 't Hart, Max Pam

Opening Night: Free the Word!

On the festival's Opening Night, the focus is on freedom of speech. The evening started with Mikhail Shishkin, one of the most prominent representatives of contemporary Russian literature, delivering the Free the Word! speech. Next, the Oxfam Novib … read more

Anass Habib, Celal Altuntas, Farah Karimi, Ian Buruma, Jennifer Clement, Kamal Hors, Lex Bohlmeijer, Malini Subramaniam, Michaïl Sjisjkin, Peter Abspoel, Sjoerd de Jong, Ton van de Langkruis, Vonne van der Meer