Low Countries Literati tour comes to Sheffield
Six top writers from the Low Countries (Belgium and the Netherlands) are coming to the University of Sheffield on 17 January 2013 as part of a six day UK-wide tour.
Producing some of the most exciting and popular literature in Europe, the bestselling Dutch-language storytellers are participating in the HIGH IMPACT tour to promote low-countries literature in the UK.
The tour is sponsored by Flanders House and the Netherlands Embassy in London and curated by Rosie Goldsmith, known in the UK as a champion of international fiction.
Rosie said: “HIGH IMPACT is a unique idea with a unique group of writers. You’ll hear the Dutch Poet Laureate side by side with Flanders’ leading graphic novelist; two global best-sellers, a thriller writer, a celebrated historian and a travel writer – together on stage in Sheffield.
“I selected the authors not only for their brilliant books but also for their wit, wisdom, fluent English and HIGH IMPACT performance skills. These authors will wow you with their readings and ideas.”
Authors include Lieve Joris, whose journalism and non-fiction books on Africa, China, the Middle East and Europe have earned her the reputation as the VS Naipaul or Ryszard Kapuscinski of the Low Countries; Former actor and comedy star Herman Koch, best-selling novelist around the world and author of the thrilling hit The Dinner.
Dutch Poet Laureate and all-round Renaissance Man Ramsey Nasir will also perform, famed for his beautiful prose, provocative politics and exciting public appearances. Peter Terrin, this year’s winner of the prestigious AKO Literature Prize and author of the magnificent psychological thriller The Guard will also be reading.
HIGH IMPACT will also feature Nigerian-born Belgium-based Chika Unigwe, poet, short story writer and award-winning novelist of On Black Sisters’ Street and Judith Vanistendael, the bold and brilliant graphic novelist of When David Lost His Voice.
HIGH IMPACT will come to St George’s Church lecture theatre, Mappin Street, S1 4DT on Thursday 17 January 2013 at 7pm. The event is free and open to the public.
Dr Henriette Louwerse from the University’s Department of Germanic Studies, who organised the Sheffield leg of the tour, said: “The HIGH IMPACT tour offers a unique opportunity for our students to meet leading authors from the Netherlands and Belgium. Also the wider public will find an evening with these authors an exciting experience. They are such a good mix of characters and genres and all their books and poems are available in English.
“The University of Sheffield’s Department of Germanic Studies has the largest Dutch section in the UK in terms of student numbers and the lively teaching, learning and research climate is well known in the UK and the Low Countries alike. The visit of the HIGH IMPACT tour is a tribute to this.”
In addition to HIGH IMPACT, Dr Louwerse secured the Sheffield participation of the European-wide literary project citybooks.eu in which the City of Sheffield is portrayed by local and international authors as one of the remarkable cities of Europe.
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