Meet the World: Rodaan al Galidi & Jonathan Reeder
New Dutch Writing and the National Centre for Writing explore the most exciting new books of 2020 from the new Dutch masters of fiction and poetry.
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 will be his translator Jonathan Reeder and chair Rosie Goldsmith.
‘I’ve never read a book that better illustrates the human cost of the European asylum systems’ – Dina Nayeri, Guardian
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About the speakers
Rodaan al Galidi is a poet and novelist, who has lived in the Netherlands since 1998, and who, as an undocumented asylum seeker taught himself to read and write Dutch. His novel De autist en de postduif (The Autist and the Carrier Pigeon) won the European Union Prize for Literature in 2011. Two Blankets, Three Sheets is his first novel translated into English.
Jonathan Reeder is a literary translator and professional musician. He translates opera libretti and essays on classical music alongside a wide range of Dutch authors, including Peter Buwalda and Christine Otten. His recent translation of Rivers by Martin Michael Driessen won the 2016 ECI Literature Prize.
Rosie Goldsmith worked as a BBC broadcaster for 20 years across arts and foreign affairs, on programmes including Crossing Continents and Front Row. She programmes and presents events at festivals across the UK, is Chair of Judges for the EBRD International Literature Prize and founder and director of the European Literature Network.
Meet the World: New Dutch Writing
Our Meet the World series aims to celebrate our ongoing connections with international writers and translators by sharing their writing and ideas with new readers.
While we’re on lockdown, we’re teaming up with New Dutch Writing for a series of virtual conversations between writers and their translators. Exploring the most exciting new books of 2020, it shines a light on the new Dutch masters of fiction and poetry.