Translation Workshop with Lisa Weeda (5 March 2019)

Lisa Weeda

UCL Dutch 2019 writer in residence, Lisa Weeda, worked with students of Dutch from the Universities of Sheffield, Nottingham and UCL on our annual Translation Project, in collaboration with professional translator Jonathan Reeder (known for his English translations of Peter Buwalda and Christine Otten among others). Together, they translated Lisa’s text for a virtual reality project which will premiere at this year’s Passa Porta Literary Festival at Huis de Buren in Brussels. Continue reading “Translation Workshop with Lisa Weeda (5 March 2019)”

Subtext: an evening with Lisa Weeda (5 March 2019)

Lisa Weeda

Please join us and the Comparative Literature students of Subtext for an evening with the Dutch writer-in-residence Lisa Weeda on Tuesday 5 March at 6:30 pm in Gordon Street 25 – 105 Public Cluster. Lisa and Subtext editors & contributors will be reading from their work, which will be followed by a discussion on themes related to home, belonging and the creative process. Refreshments will be available throughout the event. A conversation between Subtext and Lisa can already be found here. Continue reading “Subtext: an evening with Lisa Weeda (5 March 2019)”

Lisa Weeda Dutch Writer in Residence 2019

Lisa Weeda

UCL Dutch will be welcoming its annual writer in residence in March. Dutch author Lisa Weeda, author of De benen van Petrovski (2016), will  meet with our language students, as well as present at an evening event, and assist our students in translating one of her recent works.

UCL students will virtually collaborate on this with students from the universities of Sheffield and Nottingham. They will be assisted by a professional translator, Jonathan Reeder,  and the final text will be published by the Dutch-Flemish Cultural Centre De Buren in Brussels. Continue reading “Lisa Weeda Dutch Writer in Residence 2019”

Travelling and Translation: Abdelkader Benali (31 January 2014)

15 January 2014

Students, alumni and friends of the UCL Dutch department are warmly invited to a talk and wine reception organised by the UCL Centre for Low Countries Studies.

Abdelkader BenaliIn the first part of the programme, Dutch writer Abdelkader Benali will be reading from his 2009 novel My Mother’s Voice (‘De stem van mijn moeder’) in which a boy from Morocco becomes a photographer and infiltrates the cultural elite of the Netherlands, leaving behind his parents’ world. Reconciliation becomes possible when the family confronts one tragic event and one life-affirming event.

The programme continues with Abdelkader Benali in a wide-ranging conversation on travelling, border crossings, east meets west, translating between languages and cultures, and how this affects lives.

Biography

Abdelkader Benali was born in Morocco. When he was four years old, he and his family, of Berber background, migrated to the Netherlands and settled in Rotterdam. When he was twenty-one his debut novel Bruiloft aan zee (‘Wedding by the Sea’) appeared and was a huge critical and commercial success (1997). It was translated into many languages and nominated for the renowned Libris Prize for Literature that he received for his second novel, De langverwachte (‘The Long-Awaited’, 2002) in 2003.

Where and when?

This event is organised by the UCL Centre for Low Countries Studies and will be held at: Arts and Humanities Common Room G24, Ground floor, Foster Court University College London

Friday 31 January, 6.00–7.30pm.

Attendance is free but subject to registration: click here to register.

Joost Zwagerman Writer in Residence at UCL Dutch in 2010/11

9 September 2010

Joost ZwagermanJoost Zwagerman will be Dutch Writer in Residence at UCL in 2010/11. The Writer in Residence, supported by the Nederlands Letterenfonds, will engage with students and staff in the department and actively contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

Joost Zwagerman’s debute novel De houdgreep was published in 1986. His second and third novels Gimmick! (1989) and Vals licht (1991) were adapted for theatre and screen (by Theo van Gogh) respectively and he received the prestigious AKO literatuurprijs for the latter. The acclaimed novels Chaos en Rumoer, Zes Sterren and De buitenvrouw followed. Besides books, Joost Zwagerman also publishes poetry and essays and writes regular columns for the for the NRC Handelsblad. For his most recent poetry bundle Roeshoofd hemelt he was awarded the Awater poetry prize. Among his essay work are Pornotheek Arcadië and Het vijfde seizoen, published in 2001 and 2003.

To a Dutch audience he is also known as host of the programme Zomergasten on Dutch television and appeared on stage with fellow Dutch writer Ronald Giphart. In Januari 2008 Joost Zwagerman was awarded the ‘Gouden Ganzeveer’, as a reward for his work as an extraordinary addition to the Dutch written culture. He lives with his wife and children in Amsterdam. The work of Joost Zwagerman is translated into a dozen languages, including English, German, French and Japanese.

More information about Joost Zwagerman can be found on his website.