On 18 October, the Dutch King Willem-Alexander and the Belgian King Filip and Queen Mathilde open, in the presence of the Flemish Prime Minister and the Dutch Minister of Culture, the guest-of-honour pavilion at the Frankfurt Book Fair, where Flanders and the Netherlands will be presenting their culture and literature to a German and international public. This is the culmination of a great project that the Netherlands Foundation for Literature and the Flemish Literature Fund have been working hard on for almost four years.
In October we welcome Per Holmer and Etsuko Nozaka in the Translators' House in Antwerp.
Never before has the Frankfurt Book Fair seen a guest-of-honour country manage to clock up so many translations in the run-up to the fair.
In September Wladimir Oschis is staying in the Translators' House. In the first part of September we also welcome Daniel Cunin in the Translators' House. In the second part of September Margarita Bonatsou is staying in the Translators' House.
In July Inese Paklone is staying in the Translators' House. In the second part of July we also welcome Sanna van Leeuwen in the Translators' House.
In June in the Translators' House: Hans Christian Fink, Leen Van Den Broucke, Gregor Seferens en Christine Barkhuizen le Roux
In the first part of June Hans Christian Fink and Leen Van Den Broucke are staying in the Translators' House. In the second part Gregor Seferens and Christine Barkhuizen le Roux.
Next week, the Frankfurt Book Fair kicks off, with Flanders and the Netherlands as guest of honour. For the occasion, the Flemish Literature Fund publishes 'Literature from Flanders', a brochure that highlights recent books, in all genres, from Flemish authors and illustrators.
This year’s International Children’s and Young Adult Book Weeks in Cologne (KiBuWo), from 25 May through 12 June, are entirely devoted to literature from the Netherlands and Flanders. During the festival, ten authors will be giving bilingual readings, and there are theatre performances as well as a children’s book cinema with work read aloud and films including 'Minoes', 'Erik of het klein insectenboek' and 'Labyrinthus'. Simultaneously the exhibition ‘Schau mich an’ opens in the Museum für Angewandte Kunst, showing work by Toon Tellegen and Ingrid Godon combined with photographs by August Sander.
In May, Stana Anzelj and Els Snick are staying in the Translators’ House.
In April, Jonathan Reeder and Slawomir Paszkiet are staying in the Translators’ House.
Read our latest 'News & Views', published at the occasion of the Bologna and London Book Fair 2016.
In an interview, our colleague Michiel Scharpé explains to the German publishing house mairisch what Dutch and Flemish and Belgian and Walloon are. Mairisch wants to be well-prepared for the Frankfurt Book Fair in October, when the Netherlands and Flanders are guest of honour.
At the end of 2015, Christiane Burkhardt spent a month in the Antwerp Translators' House, working on the German translations of Wytske Versteeg's 'Boy' and 'Made in Europe', by Pieter Steinz. This is her report on a successful visit.
In the third edition of 'Bookshelf Essentials’, the FLF zooms in on children's and youth books from Flanders. In the two previous editions, we introduced 'classic classics' and 'contemporary classics'.
From 22 to 26 February, the Flemish literature fund (FLF) will be welcoming ten publishers from all around the world, submerging them in our vibrant children's and youth literature. They will be introduced to publishers, illustrators and authors and discover our flourishing (literary) culture in Antwerp and Ghent.
In February, Minya Lin and Rolf Erdorf are staying in the Translators’ House.
In December, Gül Özlen and Ilja Braun are staying in the Translators’ House.
The 2016 guidelines and application forms for translation grants, grants for illustrated books, poetry grants and travel grants are available on the FLF website.
In November, Barbara Buri and Mireille Cohendy are staying in the Translators’ House.
In October, Christiane Burkhardt and Per Holmer are staying in the Translators’ House.
The French translation of ‘Gestameld liedboek’ (Stammered Songbook) by Erwin Mortier has won the Prix Transfuge du meilleur poche étranger, a French prize for the best foreign pocket book in translation.
At just 27, the Flemish playwright Freek Mariën has been awarded the 2015 Taalunie playwriting prize for his play ‘Wachten en andere heldendaden’ (Waiting and Other Heroic Deeds). The prize is worth 10.000 euro and rewards the most important Dutch-language theatre script of the past season.
Carll Cneut has won the 2014–2015 Flemish Cultural Prize for Literature, making history with his win, as this is the first time the award has ever gone to an illustrator. 'I am very pleased with this award, which feels like a great acknowledgement,' says Cneut. 'It’s a signal that illustrators are absolutely a part of literature.'
Six translators have been nominated for the Vondel Translation Prize 2015. Sponsored by the Dutch Foundation for Literature and the Flemish Literature Fund, the Vondel Translation Prize is a biennial prize for the best literary translation from Dutch into English.
Hedda Vormeland, literary translator Dutch-Norwegian, is one of the four nominees for the Bastian Prize. The Norwegian Association of Literary Translators selected her translation of Stefan Hertmans’ ‘War and Turpentine’ as one of the best of the year.
This week, the Flemish Literature Fund received book parcels from all over the world with translations of books illustrated by Flemish artists. These titles received a grant for illustrated books, that stimulates foreign publishers to translate high quality picture books and graphic novels.
Anton Van Hertbruggen has been awarded the ‘Silver Medal’ by the Society of Illustrators in the US for his illustrations for ‘The Dog That Nino Didn’t Have’.
BLOG - Daniel Seton was one of the ten publishers visiting Flanders during the Flemish Literature Fund’s fifth publishers tour for fiction at the beginning of June 2015. He’s an editor at Pushkin Press, the UK publisher of Erwin Mortier, and discovered other interesting voices in Flanders.
The Brockway Prize has been awarded to Ard Posthuma for his Dutch-German translations of the poetry collections ‘Licht overal’ (Licht überall) and ‘Zo kon het zijn’ (So könnte es sein) by Cees Nooteboom. The prize will be presented on Friday, 12 June during the Poetry International Festival in Rotterdam.
The Flemish Literature Fund (FLF) is delighted that Mark Schaevers has won the Gouden Boekenuil (Golden Book Owl) with ‘Orgelman’ (Organ Man, De Bezige Bij). Strikingly, the most prestigious literary prize in Flanders has been awarded for a nonfiction book. It is a wonderful recognition for a flourishing genre in Flemish literature.
The Frankfurter Buchmesse opens on the evening of Tuesday 18 October, when the official presentation of the Netherlands and Flanders as guest of honour begins with the motto, 'This Is What We Share'. Not one, but two authors will be representing the guest of honour country. For the Netherlands, the renowned author, actor and columnist Arnon Grunberg will take to the stage, while Flanders will be presenting the youngest guest country speaker in the history of the trade fair, in the person of Charlotte van den Broeck.
'Junker' by Simon Spruyt has recently been published in French by publishing house Cambourakis and translated by Daniel Cunin. The Flemish Literature Fund supported the translation and production of this graphic novel with a grant for illustrated books. In 2014, Spruyt was awarded the Willy Vandersteen Prize for 'Junker' for the best Dutch-language comic book of the year.
No less than four German translations of Dutch-language children’s books are nominated for the prestigious Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis.
Following the recent dramatic events in the Mediterranean, the problem of boat refugees is once again a topic of debate. Two Flemish short novels have also been written on this complex matter in recent years: Elvis Peeters’ De ontelbaren’ (The Uncountables, Uitgeverij Podium) and Peter Verhelst's ‘De allerlaatste caracara ter wereld’ (The Very Last Caracara in the World, Prometheus).
German translators Bettina Bach and Rainer Kersten received the Else Otten Übersetzerpreis 2014 in Berlin earlier this week. The award, a joint initiative of the Dutch Foundation for Literature and the Flemish Literature Fund, is presented to the best recent German translation of a Dutch work.
Marie und die Dinge des Lebens, the German translation of Mare en de dingen (Maia and What Matters) by Tine Mortier and Kaatje Vermeire was selected by an independent jury of 29 German, Swiss and Austrian members to be one of the 7 best children’s books in January. It was published by Bohem Press and was translated by Rolf Erdorf.
Flemish-Moroccan author Fikry El Azzouzi’s long-awaited second novel 'Drarrie in de nacht' (Drarrie in the Night) was published at the end of last year by Uitgeverij Vrijdag. The book describes the day-to-day life of four street kids in a small Flemish town. What begins as an entertaining picaresque novel slowly turns into a chilling story of radicalisation when one of the boys decides to leave Flanders to become a martyr.
The Flemish Literature Fund team is getting ready for the Bologna Book Fair (30 March to 2 April) and the London Book Fair (14 to 16 April).
Ten German-language publishers were in Antwerp and Amsterdam last week (19-23 January 2015), to discover the flourishing Dutch-language literature. It was the second time the Flemish Literature Fund (FLF) and the Dutch Foundation for Literature (DFL) organized a joint publishers tour for fiction. Tom Müller, editor with Blumenbar/Aufbau and one of our guests, wrote a blog about his visit.
Mark Schaevers has been nominated for the shortlist of the Golden Book Owl, the most important literary prize in Flanders. His nonfiction title 'Orgelman. Felix Nussbaum. Een schildersleven' (Organ Man. Felix Nussbaum. A Painter’s Life, originally published by De Bezige Bij) is the only title on the list by a writer from Flanders.
The International Comics Festival of Angoulême, that takes place next week, spotlights the Flemish comic scene again. 'The Kinky & Cosy Experience', a combination of an installation, a comics exhibition and a magazine, promises to be a great success. ‘It’s not an exhibition, it’s an experience’, says comic book author Nix. A year and a half ago, the Flemish Literature Fund asked him to be the curator of a Flemish exhibition at the biggest comic festival of the world.
Pushkin Press announces with pride the ‘first-ever appearance of Erwin Mortier’s work in the United States and Canada’, with an English translation by Paul Vincent of ‘While the Gods Were Sleeping’. In July 2014, the publisher already released this long-awaited English translation of Mortier’s award-winning magnum opus in the UK, providing a new introduction for English-language readers to this contemporary master of Flemish literature.
In January, Marlene Müller-Haas and Ira Wilhelm are staying in the Translators’ House. They are both literary translators into German.
‘Panthère’, the French translation of comic artist Brecht Evens’ most recent work ‘Panter’ (originally published by Oogachtend), has been nominated for the Official Selection at the international Comics Festival in Angoulême.
50.000 copies of the comics magazine ‘Kinky & Cosy’ will be distributed in Angoulême during the International Comics Festival. The magazine is part of ‘The Kinky & Cosy Experience’, an interactive exhibition built around twins Kinky and Cosy. Their creator Nix was appointed curator by the FLF.
Peter Terrin and Ivo Victoria are on the longlist for the Libris Literature Prize, that was announced on 26 January. The jury selected eighteen nominees from almost 200 entries. Terrin is nominated with 'Monte Carlo', Victoria with 'Dieven van vuur' (Thieves of Passion).
The French translation of 'Het hondje dat Nino niet had' (The Dog Nino didn't have, De Eenhoorn) by Edward van de Vendel and Anton Van Hertbruggen wins the Prix Sorcières for best picture book.
Marie Hooghe (1947) has been awarded the Prix Scam de la Traduction Littéraire for her translations from Dutch to French.
Ten German-language publishers participate next week (19-23 January 2015) in an attractive literary and cultural programme in Antwerp and Amsterdam to discover the flourishing Dutch-language literature. The Flemish Literature Fund (FLF) and the Dutch Foundation for Literature (DFL) organize their fourth joint publishers tour and the second one for fiction. It’s one of many events in anticipation of Frankfurter Buchmesse 2016, where Flanders and the Netherlands will be joint guests of honour.