The Dutch Riveter

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A high-impact literary cabaret of Dutch readings, discussion, live drawing and music.

This is an online event hosted by Unique Media. Bookers will be sent a link in advance giving access and will be able to watch at any time for 48 hours after the start time.

Several Dutch writers have won acclaim in the UK – Herman Koch and Geert Mak among them – but many new writers are ready to burst onto your bookshelves, inspired by the success of Marieke Lucas Rijneveld. Gender, post-colonialism, racism, Europe and COVID-19 are hot topics not just in the UK but in the Netherlands too. Marking the launch of The Dutch Riveter magazine are three outstanding Dutch writers, Simone Atangana Bekono, Karin Amatmoekrim and Maartje Wortel, and translator Sam Garrett.

Hosted by Rosie Goldsmith and with live music from singer-songwriter VanWyck, and live drawing by illustrator and political cartoonist Henny Beaumont. Part of New Dutch Writing, supported by The Dutch Foundation for Literature.

Karin Amatmoekrim is an award-winning Surinamese-Dutch writer with Indonesian, Chinese, African and Native American ancestry. She is the author of six novels, a memoir, numerous essays and short stories.

Simone Atangana Bekono's award-winning first poetry collection in 2017 was published in English by Emma Press: how the first sparks became visible, trans. David Colmer. Her debut novel was Confrontaties (2020).

Sam Garrett is a prolific translator of Dutch literature, twice winner of the Society of Authors’ Vondel Prize for Dutch-English translation. His 2012 translation of The Dinner by Herman Koch became the most popular Dutch novel ever translated into English.

Jaap Robben is a poet, playwright and children’s author. You Have Me to Love is currently being adapted into an English-language film. His latest novel Summer Brother (trans David Doherty) was recently published in English by World Editions.

Rosie Goldsmith was a BBC journalist for 20 years. Today she is (among many things) editor-in-chief of The Riveter and director of the European Literature Network.

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Name: The Dutch Riveter
Where: British Library St Pancras
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Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546

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