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The Hague Library and Writers Unlimited kick off 'B Unlimited'

The Hague Library and Writers Unlimited have announced  their common initative for a series of programmes around Literature, Science en Social discourse in The Hague, titled 'B Unlimited'. 

The annual literature festival Writers Unlimited Winternachten started 20 years ago with a mission that still stands: involving literature in the social discourse. Social engagement, not that of the (...) read more
Retrospect 29 May in The Hague: Syria, What's Next?
Watch the video registration.What will the future of Syria look like once the war has come to an end? Moderator and writer David Van Reybrouck discussed this question with the Syrian novelist Nihad Siries and the young Palestine/Syrian poet Ghayath Almadhoun. Both are in exile. They read from their work, and met Laila Zwaini, a researcher on shari'a, rule of law, tribes, and social change in the Arab and Muslim World. They were joined by the Belgium writer Lieve Joris, who wrote a book about Syria. Click here for a retrospect. (...) read more
Retrospect 29 April 2015: Dealing with Putin
How do you negotiate with the Russian president Vladimir Putin? Watch the video recording. In this evening we were looking for the answer. Kremlin-watcher Michel Krielaars, the influential Russian journalist and activist Oksana Chelycheva, Mikhail Shishkin - one of the most important contemporary Russian novelists and Adriaan Jacobovitz de Szeged, former diplomat for the Dutch government. Click here for the video recording.
Sigrid Bousset new festival programme coordinator
Our programme coordinator Judith Uyterlinde will leave our organisation. Her successor at the festival is Sigrid Bousset. She will be in charge of a new team of curators.

Judith Uyterlinde worked for Writers Unlimited since 2007 as a curator, and from 2012 as the programme coordinator. She also curated Writers Unlimited The Series, the series of international literature programmes in The Hague's Central Library. We congratulate her with her new job at the Dutch Foundation for Literature.

Sigrid Bousset has been the director of the international literature house Passsa Porta in Brussels, and of the festival of the same name. At Writers Unlimited she will be in (...) read more
In retrospect: 20th Writers Unlimited Festival very successful
All four days of the Writers Unlimited Winternachten Festival The Hague's 20th edition were practically sold out. Here you can find a retrospective.

We look back at an inspiring festival, and have started preparing the 21st edition, which will be held from 14 to 17 January 2016. 

For now we invite you to enjoy the festival photo's made by Serge Ligtenberg. You can watch them here. (...) read more
In retrospect: Writers Unlimited The Series: John Gray meets Bas Heijne. Can we change the world?
On 9 March 2015 in the Central Library in The Hague, the famous British philosopher John Gray was 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 philosophers (...) read more
In retrospect: Writers Unlimited The Series: Jens Christian Grøndahl meets Gustaaf Peek. Love, Lust and Literature
On 5 March 2015 Writers Unlimited presented 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 attempted to fathom the mystery of love and lust. Two authors
in conversation about love – of women and of books.

Jens Christian Grøndahl
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In retrospect: Karl Ove Knausgård opened Writers Unlimited Festival The Hague (with link to his speech)
On 15 January 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
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