The translator comments on his translations of Louis Couperus' Langs lijnen van geleidelijkheid (‘Inevitable') and De stille kracht (‘The Hidden Force'), both published in 1900 and already translated into English. In the translators view a...
The transnational nature of Nooteboom’s literary presence is examined in Nomadic Literature. Cees Nooteboom and his Writing, a book that is written with admirable clarity.
This week's Friday Verses are written by Ester Naomi Perquin. We selected 'The Last Unknown Person' from the volume 'Namens de ander' (Van Oorschot, 2009).
This week's Friday Verses are written by Ingmar Heytze. We selected his poem 'For the Beloved Stranger' from the volume 'Het ging over rozen' (Podium, 2002).
This week's Friday Verses are written by Florence Tonk. We selected her poem ‘An Ocean of its Own’.
This week's Friday Verses are written by Jonas Bruyneel. We selected his poem ‘Glass Borders’.
This week's Friday Verses are written by Moya De Feyter. We selected her poem 'On Closer Inspection'.
The internationally renowned essayist has been awarded the Golden Quill for his contribution to the international political debate and his outstanding service to the Dutch language.
This week's Friday Verses are written by Vicky Francken. We selected her poem ‘A Good Excuse’.
This week's Friday Verses are written by Kevin Amse. We selected his poem ‘I Need Help’.
Tharim Cornelisse made a poetic film after the poem ‘The Method iv.' by Arno Van Vlierberghe.
This week's Friday Verses are written by Mattijs Deraedt. We selected his poem 'Brussels'.
In his latest poetry collection 'Hopper on the hill', Roel Richelieu Van Londersele is inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper.
This week's Friday Verses are written by Kristien Spooren. We selected her poem ‘Gingerbread’.
This week's Friday Verses are written by Filip Rogiers. We selected his poem ‘On the Fundamentalism of Every Revelation’.
This week's Friday Verses are written by Dominique De Groen. We selected her poem ‘Dreaming of the Sacrificial Lamb - Dream #1’.
Suzanna van Oers made a poetic film after the poem ‘Life on Mars’ by Peter Verhelst.
This week's Friday Verses are written by Pieter Olde Rikkert. We selected his poem ‘Two Girls’.
This week's Friday Verses are written by Lieke Marsman. We selected her poem 'Big Bang' from her debut 'Wat ik mijzelf graag voorhoud' (Van Oorschot, 2010).
This week's Friday Verses are written by Carmien Michels. We selected her poem ‘Pink Skirts’.
This week's Friday Verses are written by Esther Jansma. We selected her poem ‘Invasion’.
This week's Friday Verses are written by Gerrit van de Linde aka the Schoolmaster. We selected his poem ‘The Ape’.
Tess Steijvers made a poetic film after the poem 'A Girl' by Toon Tellegen.
Younes Laaguidi made a poetic film after the poem ‘Houston we have a problem’ by Lotte Dodion.
This week's Friday Verses are written by Bob Vanden Broeck. We selected his poem ‘Debris Making – vi.’
Ester Bosschaert Devroe made a poetic film after the poem ‘Perseverance’ by Lieke Marsman.
Bob van den Berg made a poetic film after the poem ‘Global Underground' by Annemarie Estor.
This week's Friday Verses are written by Anne van Winkelhof. We selected her poem ‘Growl’.
Justine Cappelle made a poetic film after the poem 'I Love Icarus' by Tjitske Jansen.
Reinier Kroese made a poetic film after the poem 'Lost' by Bart Moeyaert.
This week's Friday Verses are written by Maarten Buser. We selected his poem ‘Outline’.
Kobe Fleerackers made a poetic film after the poem 'On Mrs P.’s Municipal Coffin' by Menno Wigman.
Martin Michael Driessen has already had a successful theatre career as a director, actor and translator. Now, he establishes himself as an important figure in contemporary Dutch writing.
This week's Friday Verses are written by Mustafa Stitou. We selected his poem 'Palpitations' from the volume 'Mijn gedichten' (Vassallucci, 1998).
Abdelkader Benali has been awarded the Golden Goose Feather as an ambassador of the Dutch language who reaches young people with his enthusiasm and dedication. This is his ode to ‘bastard Dutch’.
This week's Friday Verses are written by Anke Senden. We selected her poem ‘here’.
‘Het nabestaan van Anna Portier’ is a poignant debut about mourning, dying and the lives we lead or don't.
Who's helping who? That is the question in Siel Verhanneman's poignant debut novel, 'Or else everyone dies'.
In his debut novel Frank Heinen lays bare the state of the care system in contemporary society as well as the role played by the media in how we perceive certain events.
Mariken Heitman has written a penetrating debut about gender identity.
Femke Vindevogel has written a blackly comic tale about a quest for one’s true self on the disadvantaged side of town.
In his first novel 'Vijd' Jonas Bruyneel paints a vibrant portrait of the Burgundian family who commissioned the world-famous 'Adoration of the Mystic Lamb' of the Van Eyck brothers.
Midas Dekkers combines an academic position as an internationally respected biologist with a much higher-profile career as a popularising author and broadcaster on Dutch TV. His breakthrough abroad came in 1994 with the publication in Brita...
Willem Elsschot’s (1882-1960) eleven novellas, with their irony, sardonic humour and stylistic sophistication, are as vibrant today as when they were written. In 2016, when the Low Countries will again be in focus as a Schwerpunkt at the F...
Gorter is more known as a revolutionary propagandist than as the most gifted poet of his age. In fact he was accused by some of having quit literature for the simplifications of dialectical materialism, but he himself saw his work as a cont...
Vincent speculates about the international renown which Flemish author Willem Elsschot might have achieved if efforts to publish his work in English had been more successful. However, he does not seek to portray Elsschot as a misunderstood ...
Review of 'The Captain of the Butterflies', an anthology of translated poems written by Cees Nooteboom.
Louis Couperus' prolific talent as a storyteller, virtually unrivalled among his contemporaries, won him many admiring readers in English translation at the turn of the twentieth century, and provoked favourable comparisons with both Galswo...
About 'Low Leans the Sky', a book published to mark the 5th anniversary of the yearbook 'The Low Countries'. It contains the text of a literary reading given at the National Gallery in London and the City Chambers in Edinburgh in March 1998...
A translator's thoughts and opinions on translating from the Dutch
The poet Herman Gorter (1864-1927) is still very much admired in Flanders and the Netherlands but it has to be admitted that apart from Gorter’s best-known epic poem, Mei (May, 1889), and his Verzen collection (translated by Paul Vincent i...
The Flemish Poet Guido Gezelle (1830-1899) has become, a century after his death, something of a national institution in Belgium. His centenary did not go unmarked in England either. The Centre for Dutch and Flemish Culture hosted an event ...
The exhibition Van Gogh and Britain reveals how he was inspired by Britain and how he inspired British artists.
Why not read a novel by a Dutch or Flemish author this summer? Take a look at our selection.
Our spring selection of Dutch-language books that have recently been translated into English.
Discover the parallels between Vincent van Gogh and David Hockney's paintings at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
Two Flemish merchants left an imprint on the history of the Portuguese island of Madeira that is still visible today.
In her debut novel 'Ook bomen slapen', Annemarie Peeters intertwines the lives of former opera director Corneille and young opera singer Ofelia. With success.
In Daniël Samkalden's ambitious debut novel 'Nova', the three main characters become more involved with one another than they would like.
In her debut novel 'Niemand keek omhoog’ Evelien Vos raises the question: to what extent can we control our lives?
Herlinde Leyssens wrote a story of a strong, rebellious, adventure-seeking woman, determined not to be stopped.
In her debut novel 'Kleihuid' (Clay Skin) Herien Wensink provokes with pressing questions, seen in the light of the First World War.
In her debut novel 'Lam', singer-songwriter Hannelore Bedert paints the portrait of a strong woman, one who has suffered hard knocks but still struggles through life with her head held high.
In the science fiction novel 'Concept M' author Aafke Romeijn takes the reader forward to the Netherlands of 2020, where the disease of colourlessness makes for heated, polarizing debate and protest.
Flanders has been synonymous with bicycle racing for many years, but is cycling truly ‘ours’, as one popular Flemish newspaper keeps claiming?