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Writers Series 2012-2016

Laksmi Pamuntjak and Hilde Janssen: Living in Indonesia during the 1965-1966 mass killings

A taboo in Indonesia: the mass murders during the change of political power between Sukarno and Suharto. In her novel The Question of Red (Amba), recently translated into Dutch, Indonesian author Laksmi Pamuntjak describes the events from the … read more

Hilde Janssen, Laksmi Pamuntjak, Remco Raben

John Gray meets Bas Heijne: Can We Change the World?

If you really want to achieve something, you can – or so we desperately want tobelieve. Every human deed starts with a desire and faith in one's own abilities. People want to change the world, but can they do so? Or do they underestimate the powers … read more

Bas Heijne, John Gray, Shahin Nasiri

Jens Christian Grøndahl meets Gustaaf Peek: Love, Lust and Literature

Two authors, one theme: the mystery of love and lust. Both their recent novels are as ambitious as they are inspired: Jernporten (Iron Gate) by Jens Christian Grøndahl and Godin, held (Goddess, Hero) by Gustaaf Peek. Both are passionate lovers of … read more

Gustaaf Peek, Jens Christian Grøndahl

Who's the Bad Guy? - Javier Cercas and Herman Koch

The Dutch Herman Koch and the Spanish Javier Cercas are both international bestseller-writers with a fascination for criminal youngsters. The adults surrounding them - teachers, parents, police officers - cannot be trusted. Nor can the writers that … read more

Herman Koch, Javier Cercas, Maarten Steenmeijer

A Tribute to Gabriel García Márquez

He never made a public appearance in the Netherlands. Even his publishers and translators never met him in private. By attending this unique conversation with his brother and his biographer fans of the late Gabriel García Márquez get the chance to … read more

Frènk van der Linden, Jaime Garcia Márquez, Tim Buendía

The most beautiful Afrikaans language poem of all time!

WATCH THE VIDEO REGISTRATION Afrikaans poetry has a rich tradition: from Antjie Krog to Ingrid Jonker, from Breyten Breytenbach to Elisabeth Eybers. Much of their poetry has appeared in a Dutch translation, for example in the anthology 'De … read more

Anne van Veen, Etienne van Heerden, Kirby van der Merwe, Marita van der Vyver, Richard de Nooy, Robert Dorsman, Sonja Loots, Tineke de Nooij, Toef Jaeger

Election of the most beautiful poem from Turkish literature

While in Turkey the local elections are being held, we elected the most beautiful poem from Turkish literature. In the Central Library in The Hague, seven prominent Dutch/Turkish writers, journalists, artists and politicians presented their … read more

Aynur Kahraman, Veli Bahşi en Sedat Varhan, Fatma Koser Kaya, Froukje Santing, Ibrahim Eroğlu, Kazim Cümert, Meltem Halaceli, Nurnaz Deniz, Tuncay Çinibulak

An evening with Laurent Binet and Ariejan Korteweg

Francophile Ariejan Korteweg will be talking to French writers Laurent Binet, noted writer of the debut novel HhhH about the Nazi leader Heydrich. During this interview, he will also  be talking about his latest book, Rien ne se passe comme prévu … read more

Ariejan Korteweg, Laurent Binet

Katie Roiphe meets Manon Uphoff

A literary evening of Writers Unlimited The Series in the Central Library in The Hague, with American writer Katie Roiphe and Dutch writer Manon Uphoff. Katie Roiphe has earned great fame with her animated, provocative and funny book  In Praise … read more

Katie Roiphe, Manon Uphoff

Jhumpa Lahiri meets Tanja Jadnanansing

Jhumpa Lahiri (Engeland, 1967) was born in London as a daughter of Indian immigrants from West-Bengali. She grew up in the USA. Migration and uprootedness are main themes in het work, like in the internationally acclaimed novel (made into a movie) … read more

Jhumpa Lahiri, Tanja Jadnanansing

Cynthia McLeod and Michiel van Kempen

On Friday evening July 5, Writers Unlimited The Series presented a programme on the history of slavery in Suriname. With the Surinamese writer Cynthia McLeod and author and specialist on Surinamese literature Michiel van Kempen. Interview by … read more

Cynthia McLeod, Mathijs Deen, Michiel van Kempen

Dutchmen in Morocco

'Temporary immigrants' Greta Riemersma and Kees Beekmans discuss the Moroccan society. They were interviewed by Asis Aynan, the Moroccan/Dutch author living in The Netherlands since his early youth. Dutch spoken. read more

Asis Aynan, Greta Riemersma, Kees Beekmans

Meeting Michael Cunningham

On 16 december 2011 the America Pulitzer-prize winner Michael Cunningham(1952) was interviewed by Maria Vlaar on his rich oeuvre. An exclusive performance for the Netherlands in Writers Unlimited The Series. Cunningham's most well-known novel is … read more

Maria Vlaar, Michael Cunningham

Syrian poet Adonis in Writers Unlimited the Series

Poetry International and Writers Unlimited presented an evening with the famous Syrian poet Adonis on Sunday 16 June in the Central Library in The Hague. He was interviewed by Arabists and journalists Petra Stienen and Hassnae Bouazza. The interview … read more

Adonis, Hassnae Bouazza, Petra Stienen

Charles Lewinsky and Ad van Liempt

An evening on resistance and treason in World War II. In his latest novel Charles Lewinsky writers about the dilemma of the jewish actor and director Kurt Gerron. In Theresienstadt the SS asks him to make a movie in which the humiliating life in the … read more

Ad van Liempt, Charles Lewinsky, Judith Uyterlinde

Kevin Dutton, Gerard Spong and Antoine de Kom: The Wisdom of Psychopaths

Dr Kevin Dutton wrote The wisdom of psychopaths, how psychopathic traits can lead to success in many professional fields. Dutton will exchange thoughts on the subject with renowned Dutch lawyer Gerard Spong. Chaired by poet, writer and forensic … read more

Antoine de Kom, Gerard Spong, Kevin Dutton

Antjie Krog Sestig

Dutch poets honoured the South-African poet and writer Antjie Krog. She celebrated her 60th birthday in The Hague. A festive evening, where Antjie Krog presented the audience her favourite poems in Afrikaans. Writers Adriaan van Dis interviewed her … read more

Ad Zuiderent, Adriaan van Dis, Anne Vegter, Antjie Krog, Anton Korteweg, Bas Kwakman, Christine Otten, Hester Knibbe, Hugo Maerten, Ineke Holzhaus, Jan Baeke, Jan Klug, Jan van der Haar, K. Michel, Liesbeth Lagemaat, Mark Boog, Peter Swanborn, Raj Mohan, Rob Schouten, Robert Dorsman, Rodaan Al Galidi, Tom Lanoye, Tsead Bruinja

David Grossman interviewed by Bas Heijne

In this edition of Writers Unlimited The Series, essayist en columnist Bas Heijne will talk to novelist David Grossman. Recently Grossman's latest novel Falling Out o f Time about the grief of parents who have lost a child, has been published in … read more

Bas Heijne, David Grossman, Hugo Maerten

Ronelda S. Kamfer and Christine Otten

Ronelda S. Kamfer is one of the most exciting young South-African poets. She will perform and speak with the Dutch writer Christine Otten. Kamfer grew up in Cape Town. She studied at the University of Western Cape with the well known writer … read more

Christine Otten, Jeroen van Kan, Ronelda S. Kamfer

South-Africa: Writer Etienne van Heerden and Bart Luirink

Etienne van Heerden is one of the most wellknown writers from South Africa. Recently he published the novel 30 Nagte in Amsterdam (30 Nights in Amsterdam) in Dutch translation. He talked to Bart Luirink, editor in chief of ZAM Africa Magazine and … read more

Bart Luirink, Etienne van Heerden, Jeroen van Kan

Sayed Kashua, Palestinian author in Israël

An interview with columnist Hassnae Bouazza and the Palestinian Sayed Kashua (language: English). A conversation on the upside and downside of authorship in between two worlds. He presents the Dutch edition of his novel 'Second person singular'. … read more

Hassnae Bouazza, Sayed Kashua