Winternachten 2019

Book of My Life: Mohammad Rabie

Writers told us about their favourite book: the book that inspires or touches them, that set their artistic, moral or intellectual compass. In short, the book they would recommend to everyone. read more

Abdelkader Benali, Mohammad Rabie

Book of My Life: HemelBesem

Writers told us about their favourite book: the book that inspires or touches them, that set their artistic, moral or intellectual compass. In short, the book they would recommend to everyone. read more

Abdelkader Benali, HemelBesem

Book of My Life: Derek Otte

Writers told us about their favourite book: the book that inspires or touches them, that set their artistic, moral or intellectual compass. In short, the book they would recommend to everyone. read more

Abdelkader Benali, Derek Otte

Book of My Life: Roberta Petzoldt

Writers told us about their favourite book: the book that inspires or touches them, that set their artistic, moral or intellectual compass. In short, the book they would recommend to everyone. read more

Abdelkader Benali, Roberta Petzoldt

Book of My Life: Mark O'Connell

Writers tell us about their favourite book: the book that inspires or touches them, that set their artistic, moral or intellectual compass. In short, the book they would recommend to everyone. Interview: Abdelkader Benali. read more

Abdelkader Benali, Mark O'Connell

Book of My Life: Auke Hulst

Writers told us about their favourite book: the book that inspires or touches them, that set their artistic, moral or intellectual compass. In short, the book they would recommend to everyone. Interview: Abdelkader Benali. read more

Abdelkader Benali, Auke Hulst

Who Wants to Live Forever?

How did they express our (near) future in words or sound? In this literary and musical performance, seven festival authors each presented a new text or poem commissioned by Winternachten, with musical contributions by Syrian-born ud player Jaber … read more

Aafke Romeijn, Arshia Sattar, Auke Hulst, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, HemelBesem, Jaber Fayad, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Leni Zumas

Book of My Life: Arshia Sattar

Writers told us about their favourite book: the book that inspires or touches them, that set their artistic, moral or intellectual compass. In short, the book they would recommend to everyone. Interview: Hassnae Bouazza. read more

Arshia Sattar, Hassnae Bouazza

Book of My Life: Joke Hermsen

Writers tell us about their favourite book: the book that inspires or touches them, that set their artistic, moral or intellectual compass. In short, the book they would recommend to everyone. Interview: Hassnae Bouazza. read more

Hassnae Bouazza, Joke Hermsen

Book of My Life: Leni Zumas

Writers tell us about their favourite book: the book that inspires or touches them, that set their artistic, moral or intellectual compass. In short, the book they would recommend to everyone. Interview: Hassnae Bouazza. read more

Hassnae Bouazza, Leni Zumas

Book of My Life: Aafke Romeijn

Writers tell us about their favourite book: the book that inspires or touches them, that set their artistic, moral or intellectual compass. In short, the book they would recommend to everyone. Interview: Hassnae Bouazza. read more

Aafke Romeijn, Hassnae Bouazza

Book of My Life: David Van Reybrouck

Writers told us about their favourite book: the book that inspires or touches them, that set their artistic, moral or intellectual compass. In short, the book they would recommend to everyone. Interview: Hassnae Bouazza. read more

David Van Reybrouck, Hassnae Bouazza

Books Unlimited: Ayelet Gundar-Goshen & Gioconda Belli

Get to know international literary stars and their recent books. Expect to hear about their motivation to write, the creation of their characters and the worldwide success of their books. Writer and essayist Chris Keulemans talked with Ayelet … read more

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, Chris Keulemans, Gioconda Belli

Poems from the Berber Library

Poets Dean Bowen, Anne Vegter and Joost Baars recited Berber poetry on the occasion of the completion of the Berber Library. This is a collection of works by the most important authors of Berber heritage. At the initiative of writer Asis Aynan and … read more

Anne Vegter, Asis Aynan, Dean Bowen, Joost Baars, Paul van der Gaag

On the Couch: Aafke Romeijn as Katadreuffe

A fictional character visits the shrink! Psychiatrist Damiaan Denys invited musician, journalist and writer Aafke Romeijn onto his couch. As Jacob Willem Katadreuffe, the protagonist from F. Bordewijk's Karakter (1938), she reflected on desires, … read more

Aafke Romeijn, Damiaan Denys

Myths as Identity Arena

Old myths about the origins of peoples and about the roots of cultures and conflicts continue to influence us in how we relate to the other and to the here and now. Indian mythologist Arshia Sattar, Ugandan novelist Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and … read more

Arshia Sattar, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Maarten van der Graaff, Rodaan Al Galidi, Wytske Versteeg

How Dark Is the Future?

Writer and journalist Fiep van Bodegom talked to authors Leni Zumas (US), Mohammad Rabie (Egypt) and Aafke Romeijn (Netherlands) about their expectations and speculations about the near future. All three recently published futuristic novels. In Red … read more

Aafke Romeijn, Fiep van Bodegom, Leni Zumas, Mohammad Rabie

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 … read more

Jennifer Clement, Leni Zumas, Simon(e) van Saarloos

Artificial ignorance: Digital Failure

In order to protect ourselves, Radbout professor Martha Larson pleads for artificial ignorance : some data must be deliberately overlooked in IT. Eight authors made Larson's idea the starting point of their performance. They looked at technology in … read more

Asha Karami, Flora Valeska Woudstra, Maarten van der Graaff, Maartje Smits, Michael Tedja, Neusa Gomes, Radna Fabias, Saskia de Jong, Tijl Nuyts

Book of My life: Damiaan Denys

Writers told us about their favourite book: the book that inspires or touches them, that set their artistic, moral or intellectual compass. In short, the book they would recommend to everyone. Interview: Hassnae Bouazza. read more

Damiaan Denys, Hassnae Bouazza

Eternal Texts

Writers Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, and poet and translator Kawa Nemir choose literature, songs, speeches and sacred books with eternal value. They presented fragments and discussed their choices with Abdelkader Benali. In … read more

Abdelkader Benali, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Kawa Nemir

Man-Machine: And Technology Created the New Human

Hanna Bervoets and, from Ireland, Mark O'Connell discussed our "trans-human" future, in part spurred by O'Connell's bestselling To Be a Machine and Bervoets' novel Ivanov . O'Connell gave his book the riveting subtitle Adventures Among Cyborgs, … read more

Fiep van Bodegom, Hanna Bervoets, Mark O'Connell, Martijntje Smits

Thinking Beyond the State

Is the state capable of coping with globalization? Can citizens entrust their fate to national politicians while the economy, cultural shifts and the environment are less and less contained by national borders? What are the possibilities and dangers … read more

David Van Reybrouck, Hassnae Bouazza, Ian Buruma, Jennifer Clement

ADAM ZAGAJEWSKI, ARSHIA SATTAR, JOKE HERMSEN, BALOUT KHAZRAEI & FOUAD LAROUI

Adam Zagajewski, eminent poet and essayist from Poland, opened Friday Night Unlimited by reading from his work. Subsequently Ramayana expert Arshia Sattar (India) and Dutch writer and philosopher Joke Hermsen spoke about the desire to live longer. … read more

Adam Zagajewski, Arshia Sattar, Balout Khazraei, Fouad Laroui, Joke Hermsen

Re-inventing Europe with Adam Zagajewski, Luuk van Middelaar and David Van Reybrouck

Adam Zagajewski, one of the greatest Polish poets of our time, and Luuk van Middelaar, an idiosyncratic political philosopher with close intellectual ties to Brussels, discussed how we can provide Europe with new words, images and visions so that … read more

Adam Zagajewski, David Van Reybrouck, Luuk van Middelaar

Feast of Writers

Appearances by singer, cabaret artist and actress Jenny Arean (accompanied on piano by Peter van der Zwaag), singer Mathilde Santing (accompanied by musicians Bastiaan Mulder and Guus Bakker), memory psychologist and author Douwe Draaisma, jazz … read more

Aad Meinderts, Annemarie Estor, Douwe Draaisma, Hans Aarsman, Hassnae Bouazza, Jan van Aken, Jenny Arean, Maartje Meijer, Marja Pruis, Mathilde Santing, Maxime Garcia Diaz, Nelleke Noordervliet, Pauline Krikke, Robert van Asten, Sumai Yahya

Ian Buruma's Choice

Ian Buruma is without doubt one of the most well-known writers and thinkers of our time. You had the unique chance to get to know him better on the basis of his literary taste. We asked him to speak to you about his favourite fiction or non fiction … read more

Chris Keulemans, Ian Buruma

Opening Night - Free the Word!

Opening NIght of the Winternachten festival is dedicated to freedom of expression, featuring poetry, music, the Free the Word! speech, and the Oxfam Novib PEN Awards ceremony. Robert van Asten, The Hague Elderman for Mobility, Culture and … read more

Dareen Tatour, Eelco Bosch van Rosenthal, Gioconda Belli, Hassnae Bouazza, Jennifer Clement, Madeleine Thien, Michiel Servaes, Radna Fabias, Raj Mohan, Robert van Asten, Ton van de Langkruis