Netherlands literary scene – July

Here’s our rundown of upcoming international literary events in Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht for July 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.

  • OpenMicMonday – poetry, music and stories in Dutch, English and French (new performers welcome) on Monday, 1 July, 20:45 at Labyrinth, Amsterdam
  • Creative Writing Course, Wednesdays – 6 weeks of inspiration and learning from 3 July – 7 August 18:30 – 20:30 at Boekhandel van Rossum, Amsterdam
  • Nicci French – Nicci Gerrard & Sean French will be signing their latest thriller on Friday, 5 July, 15:00 at Bruna Utrecht Leidsche Rijn, Utrecht
  • Sunday Poetry Session – live music & poetry by Dutch & American poets on Sunday, 7 July, 13:30 at Black Gold, Amsterdam
  • Jazz & Poetry – 3 poets perform their own poetry accompanied by a young trio of jazz musicians called #jazzmetTez on Sunday, 7 July, 19:00 at Labyrinth, Amsterdam
  • The Green Hour – Oscar Wilde (short version) – Simon Mulder and David Kwa bring prose, poetry and drama by Oscar Wilde and his contemporaries, and take you on a journey through his rise and fall on Sunday, 7 July, 15:00 at Zandvoorts Museum, Zandvoort
  • Creative Writing Course, Mondays – 6 weeks of inspiration and learning from 8 July – 12 August, 18:30 – 20:30 at the ABC Treehut, The Hague
  • OpenMicMonday – poetry, music and stories in Dutch, English and French (new performers welcome) on Monday, 8 July, 20:45 at Labyrinth, Amsterdam
  • Creative Writing Course, Tuesdays – 6 weeks of inspiration and learning from 9 July – 13 August, 18:30 – 20:30 at Boekhandel van Rossum, Amsterdam
  • Int’l Open Stagean open mic night with poetry, stories, songs and more in whatever language you want on the theme of Running on Tuesday, 9 July, 20:30 at ACU, Utrecht
  • Book Launch and Signing: Chad in Amsterdam #3 – Launch of Chad Bilyeu’s first major comic book project detailing his life as an ill-placed American in Amsterdam on Thursday, 11 July, 18:30 at ABC, Amsterdam
  • Queer Summer Poetry Nights #6 by Unwanted Words – an open mic night for queer literary expression of all kinds on Thursday, 11 July, 19:30 at WORM UBIK, Rotterdam
  • Sunday Read-in – a bookshop transforms into a cozy reading den with soothing, live acoustic guitar improvisations by De Sfeermaecke on Sunday, 14 July, 13:00 at Paper Fetish, Amsterdam
  • OpenMicMonday – poetry, music and stories in Dutch, English and French (new performers welcome) on Monday, 15 July, 20:45 at Labyrinth, Amsterdam
  • Thomas Dilworth on David Jones – hear one of the great scholars of our times talking about this important poet and artist on Wednesday, 17 July, 19:00 at Waterstones, Amsterdam
  • OpenMicMonday – poetry, music and stories in Dutch, English and French (new performers welcome) on Monday, 22 July, 20:45 at Labyrinth, Amsterdam
  • Int’l Open Stage – an open mic night with poetry, stories, songs and more in whatever language you want on the theme of Nightime on Tuesday, 23 July, 20:30 at ACU, Utrecht
  • Master Class with Caoilinn Hughes, the award-winning Irish author of the novel Orchid and the Wasp and the poetry collection Gathering Evidence, will be giving a special master class on Sunday, 28 July, 17:00 Boekhandel van Rossum, Amsterdam
  • Café Rouge – pride edition – poetry, prose, spoken word, short stories, music, dance and live art. Every different way and opinion is possible on Tuesday, 30 July,  20:00 at Het Parool Theater, Amsterdam
  • SOS: Painterly Open Stage – a variation on the usual open mic night all people, performances, and paintings are welcome on Tuesday, 30 July, 20:30 at ACU, Utrecht Note: some of this programme will likely be in languages other than English

AUGUST

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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, 8 August, 20:30 at ACU, Utrecht
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

SEPTEMBER

  • 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
  • Colson Whitehead – the Pulitzer-Prize novelist will be speaking at the Brainwash Festival on Monday, 9 September, 19:00 at the Tropenmuseum, 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
  •  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
25 July 2019

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