We teamed up with New Dutch Writing for a series of virtual conversations between writers and their translators. Exploring the most exciting new books of 2020, these events shone a light on the new Dutch masters of fiction and poetry. Watch the full events via YouTube below.
We were delighted to welcome bestselling Booker International longlisted Dutch author Tommy Wieringa and his translator Sam Garrett for a discussion of their latest novel in translation, The Blessed Rita. Set in a remote farming district of the Netherlands, The Blessed Rita centres on a group of misfits left behind by globalisation, unable to escape past tragedies and uncertain about their place in society’s future.
Tommy and Sam Garrett’s conversation was chaired by journalist and critic Suzi Feay.
After first making her mark as a compelling performer, Belgian poet Charlotte Van den Broeck was acclaimed as one of Europe’s most innovative and original new voices in poetry following the publication of her first collection Chameleon. Her first English translation combines her debut volume with her second book Nachtroer (2017), its untranslatable title the name of an all-night shop in Antwerp where she lives.
Writing on identity, bodies and language, Chameleon / Nachtroer is beautifully translated by David Colmer, who joined her at this event alongside chair Sasha Dugdale.
Rodaan al Galidi’s novel Two Blankets, Three Sheets offers a bleakly humorous account of the Dutch Asylum process. Described as ‘essential reading’ by the Guardian and already a bestseller in the Netherlands, it is a big, existential novel about freedom and belonging based on the experiences of the author as a former Iraqi asylum seeker now settled in the Netherlands.
Joining Rodaan for this event is his translator Jonathan Reeder and chair Rosie Goldsmith.