Netherlands literary scene – September

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

There’s a new lit-fest on the scene: the International Literature Festival Utrecht (ILFU), which will take place from 15 September to 29 September 2018. Headliners include: Salman Rushdie, Julian Barnes and John Irving! They have tons of events, not all of which we’ve listed, so make sure to check out their programme.

  • The comeback of the paper book: launching TXT Magazine  – a topical panel discussion with experts followed by a borrel and every attendee receives a freshly printed copy of TXT No. 5 on Thursday, 6 September, 17:00 at SPUI 25, Amsterdam
  • Open Mic Monday– poetry, music and stories in Dutch, English, French and Spanish, new performers welcome, 10 September, 20:30, Labyrinth, Amsterdam
  • ABC Open Mic – share your poetry or story on Friday, 14 September, 18:00 at The American Book Center, Amsterdam
  • OFF STAGE #9 – A Night of Creative Acts – poetry by Nicole Bataclan and lots of music on Saturday, 15 September, 20:00 at the Vondelbunker, Amsterdam
  • Paolo Cognetti (ILFU) – an interactive discussion of the Italian novelist’s books The Wild Boy and The Eight Mountains, followed by a Q&A with the author on Monday, 17 September, 15:00 at Het Literatuurhuis, Utrecht. Note: while the main language of this event is English, parts may be in Dutch.
  • Screening of Paolo Cognetti’s documentary The Wrong Side of the Bridge (ILFU) in which four writers from Brooklyn (Jonathan Lethem, Rick Moody, Colson Whitehead and Shelley Jackson) talk about how their writing is determined by the diversity of their neighbourhood, followed by a discussion with Cognetti himself on Monday, 17 September, 20:00 at TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht
  • Open Mic Monday– poetry, music and stories in Dutch, English, French and Spanish, new performers welcome, 17 September, 20:30, Labyrinth, Amsterdam
  • Brad Watson  the American author will be speaking about his novel Miss Jane on Monday, 17 September, 20:00 at Boekhandel van Rossum, Amsterdam
  • Brad Watson (ILFU)  an interactive discussion of Watson’s novel Miss Jane followed by a Q&A with the author on Tuesday, 18 September, 15:00 at Het Literatuurhuis, Utrecht. Note: while the main language of this event is English, parts may be in Dutch.
  • Julian Barnes (ILFU) – the Booker Prize-winning British novelist will be discussing his latest novel The Only Story on Tuesday, 18 September, 20:00 at TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht.
  • Humanities Night with Salman Rushdie (ILFU) –  Rushdie joins other writers and artists to talk about good and evil on Wednesday, 19 September, 19:00 at TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht
  • Lisa Halliday (ILFU) – an interactive discussion of the American novelist’s book Asymmetry followed by a Q&A with the author on Thursday, 20 September, 15:00 at Het Literatuurhuis, Utrecht. Note: while the main language of this event is English, parts may be in Dutch.
  • Word Up, Edition Open – spoken word poetry in English on Thursday, 20 September, 19:00 at Word Up in Amsterdam
  • Éric Vuillard – will be discussing his book Ordre du Jour, which won the Prix Goncourt last year, on Thursday, 20 September, 19:30 at Athenaeum Boekhandel, Amsterdam. Note: the main language of this event will be French.
  • Éric Vuillard (ILFU) – an interactive discussion of the French novelist’s book Ordre du Jour followed by a Q&A with the author on Friday, 21 September, 15:00 at Het Literatuurhuis, Utrecht. Note: the main language of this event will be French.
  • The Night of the Novel (ILFU) – a discussion on racism, feminism and the power of fiction with authors Lisa Halliday (USA), Alejandro Zambra (Chile), Leni Zumas (USA), Ciler Ilhan (Turkey), Fatma Aydemir (Germany), Eric Vuillard (France) on on Friday, 21 September, 19:00 at at TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht
  • Philippe Claudel – the prize-winning French novelist will be speaking on the theme of preserving one’s humanity in times of challenge on Friday, 21 September, 20:00 at the Aula-Old Luthern Church, Amsterdam. The event will be conducted in English.
  • YA at ILFU – a three-hour celebration of Young Adult literature featuring Becky Albertalli whose novel inspired the film Love, Simon, on Sunday, 23 September, 13:30 at TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht
  • John Irving (ILFU) – the author of The World According to Garp will be speaking on Sunday, 23 September, 20:00 at TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht
  • Open Mic Monday– poetry, music and stories in Dutch, English, French and Spanish, new performers welcome, 24 September, 20:30, Labyrinth, Amsterdam
  • Int’l open stage – poetry, stories, songs and more in whatever language you want on the theme of ‘foreign tongues’ on Tuesday, 25 September, 21:00 at ACU, Utrecht
  • VERSO, live literary & art journal, kicks off its 5th season with art, music, film & poetry on Saturday, 28 September, 19:00 at Mezrab, Amsterdam
  • Outspoken volume II – an evening of spoken word, rap and other forms of self-expression on Friday, 28 September, 20:00 at Doka, Amsterdam
  • Write-together – writing, camaraderie and flamingos on Sunday, 30 September, 16:00 at the Artisplein, Amsterdam (in case of bad weather we’ll meet at The Birdhouse, Plantage Middenlaan 46).
  • Level I Creative Writing Workshop, Tuesday mornings – 8 weeks of inspiration and learning from 2 October – 27 November (hiatus 23 October), 10:00 – 12:00 at Boekhandel van Rossum, Amsterdam
  • Level I Creative Writing Workshop, Tuesday evenings – 8 weeks of inspiration and learning from 2 October – 27 November (hiatus 23 October), 18:30 – 20:30 at Boekhandel van Rossum, Amsterdam
  • Open Mic Monday– poetry, music and stories in Dutch, English, French and Spanish, new performers welcome, 1 October, 20:30, Labyrinth, Amsterdam
  • Beverley Bie Brahic and Marilyn Hacker – these award-winning North American poets will be reading their work on Tuesday, 2 October, 19:00 at Waterstones, Amsterdam
  • Laurent Seksik – the French novelist will be speaking on Wednesday, 3 October, 20:00 at Spui 25, Amsterdam. Note: this event will be conducted in French.
  • Édouard Louis – acclaimed in his native France and beyond for his autobiographical novel History of Violence, Louis will be speaking on Friday, 5 October, 20:00 at BorderKitchen, The Hague
  • Knock Knock – an evening of spoken word, poetry, music and soul food on Friday, 5 October, 17:15 at Volta, Amsterdam
  • Questions for Poets: An Evening with Anne Boyer – the award-winning American poet and essayist will be reading from her work and responding to questions from local writers on Friday, 5 October, 20:00 at Perdu, Amsterdam
  • Alice Zeniter – the award-winning French novelist, will be speaking on Monday, 8 October, 17:00 at Spui 25, Amsterdam. Note: this event will be conducted in French.
  • Open Mic Monday– poetry, music and stories in Dutch, English, French and Spanish, new performers welcome, 8 October, 20:30, Labyrinth, Amsterdam
  • Int’l open stage – poetry, stories, songs and more in whatever language you want on the theme of ‘the elements’ on Tuesday, 9 October, 21:00 at ACU, Utrecht
  • Level I Creative Writing Workshop, Thursday evenings – 8 weeks of inspiration and learning from 11 October – 6 December, with a hiatus 25 October, 18:30 – 20:30 at Boekhandel van Rossum, Amsterdam
  • Read My World Festival – the theme this year is Turkey and 8 Turkish writers will be featured during the 3-day festival 11-13 October at the Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam
  • 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.
  • 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!

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16 September 2018

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