Netherlands literary scene – August

Here’s our rundown of upcoming international literary events in Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht for August 2019 and beyond. Events are in English unless otherwise noted. Most ask that you register; some require tickets. If you’d like to receive our listing of local literary events by email, sign up for our Monthly Update.

  • We The People… Presents: The PoeTree 2.0 – come listen and share your poetry, story or spoken word piece on Thursday, 1 August, 19:30 at Gaasperpark, Amsterdam
  • OpenMicMonday – poetry, music and stories in Dutch, English and French (new performers welcome) on Monday, 5 August, 20:45 at Labyrinth, Amsterdam
  • Brideshead Revisited: An Appreciation – an evening of readings and commentary to celebrate one of the best-loved novels of the twentieth century – Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh on Tuesday, 6 August, 19:00 at Waterstones, Amsterdam
  • Int’l Open Stage – an open mic night with poetry, stories, songs and more in whatever language you want on the theme of Family on Tuesday, 6 August, 20:30 at ACU, Utrecht
  • Book Event Ruth Kelly: The Little Vineyard in Provence – a Q&A and book signing with the British debut novelist on Thursday, 8 August, 18:00-19:30 at the American Book Center, Amsterdam
  • ABC Open Mic – your chance to go public with your book, song or poem on Friday, 9 August, 18:00 at the American Book Center, Amsterdam
  • OpenMicMonday – poetry, music and stories in Dutch, English and French (new performers welcome) on Monday, 12 August, 20:45 at Labyrinth, Amsterdam
  • We The People… Poetry Night: For The Jazz – a night of poetry, live music and art on Sunday, 18 August, 19:30 at Labyrinth, Amsterdam
  • OpenMicMonday – poetry, music and stories in Dutch, English and French (new performers welcome) on Monday, 19 August, 20:45 at Labyrinth, Amsterdam
  • J R R Tolkien: Adventures in Poetry and Pictures – an exploration of Middle-earth through Tolkien’s poetry and pictures, with renowned Tolkien illustrator, Cor Blok on Tuesday, 20 August, 19:00 at Waterstones, Amsterdam
  • Wine and French poetry – bring your favourite French poems, or just come to discover the beauty of French literature on Wednesday, 21 August, 18:00 at the Alchemist Garden, Amsterdam. Note: presumably all or some of this event will be in French:)
  • Writers’ Picnic & Book Swap – join us for a relaxed afternoon of reading, talking, drinking, eating and maybe even some alfresco writing on Saturday, 24 August, 16:00 on the green between Sarphatistraat 213 & the bridge at Plantage Middenlaan
  • Open-call for Publications with Kickstarter and People of Print – come pitch your book ideas at this open call and discussion of independent publishing on Sunday, 25 August, 14:00 at the Athenaeum Boekhandel & Nieuwscentrum, Amsterdam
  • We The People…x House Of Eussi: Poetry Night – a night of poetry, spoken word, and music, including an open mic, on Friday, 30 August, 19:30 at Radio Radio, Amsterdam
  • Comic Con Amsterdam – stars, panels, signing sessions and more from Friday, 31 August through Saturday, 1 September, 9:00 – 17:00 at the RAI, Amsterdam
  • Labyrinth Poetry Night: Masculinity – an exciting night with a mix of poetry, spoken word & music performances with a focus on masculinity on Saturday, 31 August, 20:30 at Labyrinth, Amsterdam

SEPTEMBER

  • Poetry on a Boat – cruise the canals and listen to selected works of poetry spanning the last 200 years on Sunday, 1 September, 16:00, rendezvous point at WE ARE ON A BOAT, Bloemgracht, Amsterdam
  • Jonathan Safran Foer – the American novelist and essayist will be speaking about his latest non-fiction book We Are The Weather on Tuesday, 3 September, 20:00 at Pathé Tuschinski, Amsterdam
  • Jonathan Safran Foer – the American novelist and essayist will be speaking about his latest non-fiction book We Are The Weather on Wednesday, 4 September, 20:00 at Spui 187, The Hague
  • Sunday Read-in – a bookshop transforms into a cozy reading den with soothing, live acoustic guitar improvisations by De Sfeermaecke on Sunday, 8 September, 13:00 at Paper Fetish, Amsterdam
  • Colson Whitehead – the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist will be speaking at on Monday, 9 September, 20:00 at the TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht. Note: a portion of this programme may be in Dutch
  • Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah – the American author discusses his story collection Friday Black (one of the best books of 2018, according to the Guardian and Time Magazine) on Tuesday, 10 September, 20:00 at De Nieuwe Liefde, Amsterdam
  • Colson Whitehead & Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah – Whitehead  & Adjei-Brenyah, acclaimed author of the story collection Friday Black, will be appearing on Wednesday, 11 September, 20:00 at Spui 187, The Hague
  • Colson Whitehead – will be speaking at the Brainwash Festival on Thursday, 12 September, 19:00 at the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam
  • Word Up. Edition Dare – spoken word poetry in English on Thursday, 12 September, 19:00 at Checkpoint Charlie, Amsterdam
  • ABC Open Mic – your chance to go public with your book, song or poem on Friday, 13 September, 18:00 at the American Book Center, Amsterdam
  • OutSpoken Berlin Edition – featuring 5 diverse spoken word artists from Berlin on Friday, 13 September, 20:00 at
    Doka, Amsterdam
  • Jazz & Poetry Sunday – hosted by the jazz/spoken word trio Vignette! and featuring poet Tirsa With Poet CK on Sunday, 15 September, 19:00 at Labyrinth, Amsterdam
  •  Katie Roiphe: Disappointing the Feminists – the American novelist and essayist will be giving the annual SPUI25 lecture on  Friday, 20 September, 20:00 at the Aula – Oude Lutherse Kerk, Amsterdam
  • South African Writers – 7 South African writers speak about their work on Sunday, 22 September, 15:00 at de Balie, Amsterdam. Note: some of this programme may be in Dutch.
  • Creative Writing Course, Tuesday evenings – 8 weeks of inspiration and learning starting 24 September, 18:30-20:30 at Boekhandel van Rossum, Amsterdam
  • Banned Books & Literary Walking Tour – join historian Mary Sobiechowski for a tour of Amsterdam’s most interesting literary landmarks on Wednesday, 25 September, 10:00 at the Embassy of the Free Mind, Amsterdam
  • Creative Writing Course, Thursday evenings – 8 weeks of inspiration and learning starting 26 September, 18:30 – 20:30 at Boekhandel van Rossum, Amsterdam
  • KNOCK KNOCK – #38 – spoken word, music and soul food on Friday, 27 September, 19:15 at Volta, Amsterdam
22 August 2019

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