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Thursday 5 March in The Series: Jens Christian Grøndahl meets Gustaaf Peek. Love, Lust and Literature

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Writers Unlimited presents two authors in the Central Library in The Hague. Both their recent novels are as ambitious as they are inspired: Jernporten (Iron Gate) by Jens Christian Grøndahl and Godin, held (Goddess, Hero) by Gustaaf Peek. Both are passionate lovers of literature who are driven to share their love of literature with others. Together, they attempt to fathom the mystery of love and lust. Two authors
in conversation about love – of women and of books. In English.

Jens
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Monday 9 March in The Series: John Gray meets Bas Heijne. Can We Change the World?
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In Writers Unlimited The Series in the Central Library in The Hague, the famous British philosopher John Gray is interviewed by Dutch writer Bas Heijne on his latest book The Soul of the Marionette

If you really want to achieve something, you can – or so we desperately want tobelieve. Every human deed starts with a desire and faith in one’s own abilities. Can people change the world?

John Gray (1948) is Emeritus Professor of European Thought and one of the G8 – the eight greatest political (...) read more
Karl Ove Knausgård opened Writers Unlimited Festival The Hague (with link to his speech)
On Thursday 15 January 8 p.m. the opening speech of the 2015 edition of the Writers Unlimited Winternachten Festival The Hague was held by the internationally renowned author Karl Ove Knausgård.

Read his Free the Word!-speech here.

From 15-18 January the festival offered performances by writers from all over the world. British writer Karen Armstrong delivered the Winternachten Lecture on Friday 17 january. The festival took place in Theater aan het Spui and Filmhuis Den
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in retrospect: Javier Cercas and Herman Koch in The Series
The Dutch Herman Koch and the Spanish Javier Cercas are both international bestseller-writers with a fascination for criminal youngsters. The adults surrounding them - teachers, parents, police officers - cannot be trusted. Nor can the writers that are playing a part in the novels. Which moral issues did Koch en Cercas investigate while writing their novels? Who do they think are the real ‘bad guys’? An interview by Maarten Steenmeijer in the Central Library of The Hague. In English.
A lot of music on the coming festival
We are looking forward to musical performances from Anna Montan & Patrick Lauwerends (jazzy Indonesian keroncong), Ernst Reijseger (cello), Anton Goudsmit (guitar), Pauni Trio (Bulgarian polyfony), Nolly (kawina music from Surinam), Blue Moon chorus, singer-songwriter Lucky Fonz III, ud-player Mohamed Ahaddaf, composer and pianist Calliope Tsoupaki, the (...) read more
In Retrospect: Science Unlimited The Series: 'Master of your own brain?'
The first in a series of science debates - Science Unlimited The Series - took place on 15 October 2014. In this programme three distinguished guests talked about free will. Does it exist or not? Kathinka Baehr lead the conversation between neuro psychologist Simon van Gaal, neuro-marketing researcher Andries van der Leij and writer Abdelkader Benali.The programme was in Dutch. Within a few days the videoregistration will be online on this site.
In Retrospect: A Tribute to Gabriel García Márquez
In the Central Library in The Hague, journalist Frénk van der Linden interviewed Jaime García Márquez - the younger brother of Gabriel Garcia Márquez, and his biographer Gerald Martin in The Hague.

Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014) was one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. He began writing poetry at a (...) read more
In Retrospect: 'On Living' by Nâzim Hikmet elected most beautiful Turkish poem ever written
Just before the local elections in Turkey, on Friday 28 March in The Hague, the most beautiful Turkish poem ever written was elected in The Hague. The poem  Yaşamaya Dair (On living) by Nâzim Hikmet gained the large majority of votes. 

Seven writers, poets, politicians and journalists of Turkish/Dutch and Dutch descent each presented a poem of their choice. The audience added three more poems. After a vote in the theatre, there was one obvious winner. The poem by Hikmet was proposed by (...) read more
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