Netherlands literary scene – March

Here’s our rundown of upcoming international literary events in the Netherlands for March 2019 and beyond. Events are in English unless otherwise noted. Most ask that you register; some require tickets.

  • Am I lovely? Of course! – three female poets discuss the ways in which they oppose stereotypes, taboos and expectations about gender, the female body and sexuality in today’s Russia on Friday, 1 March, 20:00 at Perdu, Amsterdam. Note: programme will be in English, Russian and Dutch.
  • Open Mic Monday – poetry, music and stories in Dutch, English, French and Spanish (new performers welcome) on 4 March, 20:30, Labyrinth, Amsterdam
  • Philip Larkin – A View from the Library – a special evening of readings and commentary on the life, work and legacy of this much-loved poet on Tuesday, 5 March, 19:00 at Waterstones, Amsterdam
  • Word Up. Edition Fire – spoken word poetry in English on Thursday, 7 March, 19:00 at Checkpoint Charlie, Amsterdam
  • Writer’s Borrel – come mix and mingle with other writers on Thursday, 7 March, 19:30 at Cafe Lennep, Amsterdam
  • ABC Open Mic – share your poetry or story on Friday, 8 March, 18:00 at the American Book Center, Amsterdam
  • Wine & Poetry Tasting – on International Women’s Day celebrate women, wine and poetry, Friday, 8 March, 18:30 at Paper Fetish, Amsterdam
  • Historical Debris: Collecting the leftovers of history – with novelist and essayist Dubravka Ugrešić and others on Friday, 8 March, 20:00 at Perdu, Amsterdam
  • KNOCK KNOCK #32 – spoken word and a live band plus vegan soul food and a DJ to round out the night on Friday, 8 March, 19:15 at Volta, Amsterdam
  • Int’l Open Stage – an open mic night with poetry, stories, songs and more in whatever language you want on the theme of “Constellations” on Tuesday, 13 March, 20:00 at ACU, Utrecht
  • Library Night – the University of Amsterdam’s library will be open all night with workshops and activities from 22:30 – 2:15 on Wednesday, 13 March, 22:00 at Singel 425, Amsterdam
  • Literature & massage exchange – with some professional guidance, participants will exchange massages while listening to a work of classical literature on Thursday, 14 March, 19:30 at Paper Fetish, Amsterdam
  • The Poets of Haarlemtowns Underground – an open mic night for spoken word, poetry, short stories and simple song on Thursday, 14 March, 20:30 at the Wolfhound, Haarlem
  • Poem as a storm, not a refuge – poets and performers to talk about poetry as an intervention on Friday, 15 March, 20:00 at Perdu Amsterdam. Note: This programme will be in a mix of English and Dutch
  • Cocktails & Spoken Word – spoken word performance by Benjamin Fro on Saturday, 16 March, 20:30 at Labyrinth, Amsterdam
  • Writing Young Adult Fiction – a 1-day crash course on Sunday, 17 March, 10:00 at Boekhandel van Rossum, Amsterdam
  • Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin – a screening of the documentary directed by Arwen Curry on Sunday, 17 March, 19:00 at Cinema of the Dam’d, Amsterdam
  • Open Mic Monday – poetry, music and stories in Dutch, English, French and Spanish (new performers welcome) on 18 March, 20:45, Labyrinth, Amsterdam
  • LLACE’s Poetry Night – drinks, games and a poetry open mic on Thursday, 21 March, 20:00 at De Nieuwe Anita, Amsterdam
  • Rough Night Arts Lab 3.0 – spoken word, poetry, and more on Thursday, 21 March, 20:30 at Dokhuis Galerie, Amsterdam
  • Sheila Heti – the Canadian author will be discussing her novel Motherhood on Saturday, 23 March, 20:00 at Linnaeus Boekhandel, Amsterdam
  • Patching Poetry’s Cloak: Arabic and Dutch Poetry Night – an exploration of the presence of the past in modern Arabic and Dutch poetry on Monday, 25 March, 18:00 at INDEX Poetry Books, Leiden
  • Open Mic Monday – poetry, music and stories in Dutch, English, French and Spanish (new performers welcome) on 25 March, 20:45, 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 “Taking Off” on Tuesday, 26 March, 20:00 at ACU, Utrecht
  • The Social Poetry Story with David Chislett – readings, songs and anecdotes describing one poet’s journey building an audience through social media on Thursday, 28 March at Paper Fetish, Amsterdam
  • Authors meet publishers – come pitch your work on Friday, 29 March, 19:30 at Paper Fetish, Amsterdam

April

  • Kristen Roupenian, author of the viral short story “Cat Person” (it was read over 4.8 million times on the New Yorker website) will be giving a special master class especially for our students on Monday, 1 April, 12:00 at the International Writers’ Collective, Amsterdam. She will also be speaking on Monday, 1 April, 20:00 at the Centrale Bibliotheek in Den Haag courtesy of BorderKitchen and on Tuesday, 2 April, 20:00 at the Auditorium Goede Doelen Loterijen in Amsterdam courtesy of the John Adams Institute
  • Open Mic Monday – poetry, music and stories in Dutch, English, French and Spanish (new performers welcome) on 1 April, 20:45, Labyrinth, Amsterdam
  • Kate Mosse on Writing Women back into History  – a discussion between Kate Mosse and Dutch journalist Brenda Stoter Boscolo on telling stories of women from the past and present, through fiction and non-fiction on Thursday, 4 April, 20:30 at De Balie, Amsterdam
  • Longing for, in the mud: Looking for liminality in abjection – a exploration of female desire and repulsion through poetry, essay, performance and film on Friday, 5 April, 20:00 at Perdu Amsterdam
  • Beyond the Sentence – Stein as Open Text – a daylong symposium on  Gertrude Stein, keynote by American poet Lyn Hejinian, on Saturday, 6 April, 11:00 at Perdu, Amsterdam
  • Reading for an Audience Workshop  – learn how to read your writing with confidence and verve (also great for anyone who has to speak or present before a group) on Sunday, 7 April at 14:30 at Boekhandel van Rossum, Amsterdam
  • We The People… Presents: Vernacular, A Book Launch – celebrating the launch of the Dutch translation of UK poet Boston ‘The Orator’ Williams’ book followed by an open mic on Sunday, 7 April, 16:00 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 “Cruelty” on Tuesday, 9 April, 20:00 at ACU, Utrecht
  • Open microfroon – for Perdu’s first open mic night they’re looking for performances of 5 minutes or less in English and Dutch or any other language if you can provide a translation, Friday, 12 April, 20:00 at Perdu, Amsterdam
  • VERSO live journal – guest edited by our Tuesday workshop teacher Karen Kao and featuring poetry by our new teacher in The Hague Megin Jimenez on Sunday, 14 April, 19:00 at Mezrab, Amsterdam
  • Int’l Open Stage – an open mic night with poetry, stories, songs and more in whatever language you want on the theme of “Our Nature” on Tuesday, 23 April, 20:00 at ACU, Utrecht

May

  • Bret Easton Ellis will be speaking about his first nonfiction book White on Monday, 6 May, 20:00 at the Delamar Theater, Amsterdam

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12 March 2019

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