Netherlands literary scene – November

Here’s our rundown of upcoming international literary events in The Netherlands for November 2018 and beyond. Events are in English unless otherwise noted. Most ask that you register; some require tickets.

  • Crossing Border Festival – featuring over 100 authors, musicians and artists from all over the world (headliners include Michael Palin, Richard Powers and Patrick de Witt), from Monday, 29 October – 4 November at various locations in The Hague
  • Rachael Allen & Jack Underwood – two award-winning British poets read some of their latest work (BTW Rachael is the poetry editor at Granta) on Sunday, 4 November, 14:00 – 15:00, San Seriffe, Amsterdam.
  • Richard Powers – the American National Book Award-winner will be speaking about his newest novel The Overstory, which was short-listed for the 2018 Man Booker Prize, on Sunday, 4 November, 15:00 – 17:00 at the West Indische Huis, Amsterdam
  • Writers’ Borrel – meet up for a drink after listening to Richard Powers on Sunday, 4 November, 17:00 at Stuyvesant wine bar, Amsterdam
  • Open Mic Monday – poetry, music and stories in Dutch, English, French and Spanish, new performers welcome, 5 November, 20:30, Labyrinth, Amsterdam
  • Wilfred Owen – an evening exploring the life, work and legacy of this much-loved English war poet, on Tuesday, 6 November, 19:00 – 21:00, at Waterstones, Amsterdam.
  • Brecht Evens – the Belgian cartoonist will present his newest graphic novel ‘Het Amusement’ on 8 November, at Boycott Books, Amsterdam. Note: this event is in English
  • Margaret Atwood  the Canadian author of The Handmaid’s Tale will be speaking courtesy of The Nexus Institute on Saturday, 10 November at the Aula-Old Luthern Church, Amsterdam (SOLD OUT)
  • Open Mic Monday – poetry, music and stories in Dutch, English, French and Spanish, new performers welcome, 12 November, 20:30, 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 ‘soul’ on Tuesday, 13 November, 21:00 at ACU, Utrecht
  • Word Up, Edition Outcast – spoken word poetry in English on Thursday, 15 November, 19:00 at Word Up in Amsterdam
  • ABC Open Mic – share your poetry or story on Friday, 16 November, 18:00 at The American Book Center, Amsterdam
  • Open Mic Monday – poetry, music and stories inEnglish, Dutch and French, new performers welcome, 19 November, 20:30, Labyrinth, Amsterdam
  • An Evening with Poet Jane Draycott –  the British poet will be reading from her award-winning collections including her highly acclaimed translation of the medieval poem Pearl on Tuesday, 20 November, 19:00 at Waterstones, Amsterdam
  • Body and Word in Palestinian Literature: Hussein Barghouti –Haneen Omari will discuss the work of Palestinian author Hussein Barghouti (1954-2002) on Thursday, 22 November at 17:15 at the Lipsius Building (Room 2.27), University of Leiden (includes drinks afterwards at the North End English Pub)
  • Printing Plant Art Book Fair – a 3-day fair featuring some 60 exhibitors (including our friends over at Versal) plus talks, workshops and a selection of books, monographs, periodicals and zines that are generally unavailable in bookstores, 23 – 25 November at Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam
  • Labyrinth Poetry Night: Crossing Borders – featuring poets from inside and outside of the Netherlands on Saturday, 24 November, 20:30 at Labyrinth, Amsterdam. Note: some of this event will be in Dutch and other languages.
  • The Green Hour – Oscar Wilde – an evening of all things Oscar—prose, poetry, drama and drinks—on Saturday, 24 November, 20:30 at the Pianola Museum, Amsterdam. Note: this event keeps selling out so get your tickets early!
  • Memoir Writing Course – a 1-day crash course covering everything from finding the right narrative voice to publishing on Sunday, 25 November, 10:00-17:00 at Boekhandel van Rossum, Amsterdam
  • Open Mic Monday – poetry, music and stories inEnglish, Dutch and French, new performers welcome, 26 November, 20:30, Labyrinth, Amsterdam
  • An Evening with Poet Joshua Mensch – the Canadian poet will be reading from his lyric memoir Because on Tuesday, 27 November, 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 ‘gratitude’ on Tuesday, 27 November, 21:00 at ACU, Utrecht
  • Earthbound –  a discussion on the relationship between social and climate justice through the lens of storytelling and imaginative practices on Friday, 30 November, 20:00 at Perdu, Amsterdam

DECEMBER

  • Birds with Words – an open mic night for women, trans and non-binary performers on Saturday, 1 December at the Vondelbunker, Amsterdam
  • A day on the essay film: visual erosions, sprouting words – this two-part programme includes a discussion on the literary roots of the essay film and screenings on Sunday, 2 December at Perdu, Amsterdam Note: A small portion of this event will be in Dutch
  • Open Mic Monday – poetry, music and stories inEnglish, Dutch and French, new performers welcome, 3 December, 20:30, Labyrinth, Amsterdam
  • Knock Knock – Amsterdam –  an evening of poetry, spoken word, music and food, on Friday, 7 December, 19:15 at Volta, Amsterdam
  • VERSO – an evening of poetry, music, film & discussion with Amsterdam’s live literary & art journal on Sunday, 9 December, 19:00 at Mezrab, Amsterdam
  • Open Mic Monday – poetry, music and stories in English, Dutch and French, new performers welcome, 10 December, 20:30, 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 ‘characters’ on Tuesday, 11 December, 21:00 at ACU, Utrecht
  • Marilynne Robinson – the Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist will be giving the opening lecture of the 2018 Nexus Conference (the conference theme is the battle between good and evil) on Saturday, 15 December at the National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam
  • Dickens Festival – this annual Christmas market brings over 950 Dickens characters to life on Saturday and Sunday, 15 – 16 December 2018 11.00-17.00 at the Bergkwartier, Deventer
  • Wole Soyinka – the Nobel Prize-winning poet, playwright and essayist will be one of the speakers at the 2018 Nexus Conference on Saturday, 15 December at the National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam

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16 November 2018

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