6 top writers from the Low Countries will tour 6 cities for 6 nights with readings and debates to showcase the best high impact literature from Flanders and the Netherlands in English translation. The High Impact Tour will end with a final gala gathering in London of authors from both the UK and the Low Countries.
Sponsored by Flanders House and the Netherlands Embassy High Impact is a unique event with a unique group of writers. You can meet the Dutch Poet Laureate Ramsey Nasr side by side with Flanders’ leading graphic novelist; 2 global best-sellers, a thriller writer, a celebrated historian and a travel writer – together on stage every night. Each night a different city, a different theme, a different type of venue.
The Low Countries Literati are:
- LIEVE JORIS: whose journalism & non-fiction books on Africa, China, the Middle East & Europe have earned her the reputation as the VS Naipaul or Ryszard Kapuscinski of the Low Countries. Author of the acclaimed The Rebel’s Hour (Atlantic, 2008) ‘Powerful and timely, intensely imagined’ (Paul Theroux)
- HERMAN KOCH: former actor & comedy star; best-selling novelist – in the Netherlands & round the world – of the thrilling, chilling mega-hit The Dinner (Atlantic, 2012) ‘Proves how powerful fiction can be in illuminating the modern world’ (The Economist)
- RAMSEY NASR: the Dutch Poet Laureate & all-round Renaissance Man (actor, director, poet, journalist & librettist), famed for his beautiful prose, provocative politics & exciting public appearances. Heavenly Life was published by Banipal in 2010. ‘With this collection Anglophone readers are introduced to a poet of global scope’ (Marilyn Hacker)
- PETER TERRIN: this year’s winner of the prestigious AKO Literature Prize & author of the magnificent psychological thriller The Guard (Maclehose Press, 2012) ‘A rich and gripping mix of all the ingredients that make for a truly haunting atmosphere’ (Writers’ Hub)
- CHIKA UNIGWE: born in Nigeria, at home in Belgium; poet, short story writer & award-winning novelist of On Black Sisters’ Street (Vintage, 2009) ‘Exquisitely observed and heartbreaking’ (The Guardian)
- JUDITH VANISTENDAEL: the Posy Simmonds of Belgium; the bold & brilliant graphic novelist of When David Lost His Voice (Self Made Hero, 2012) ‘Big, bleak, brilliant and stark’ (The Economist)
The last night will include a special guest appearances by GEERT MAK historian and essayist; author of In Europe (Harvill Secker, 2007) and The Bridge (Vintage, 2009); described as ‘Peter Ackroyd meets W.G Sebald.’
The Cities and Venues
MONDAY 14 JANUARY: OXFORD
Blackwell’s Bookshop (51 Broad Street Oxford, OX1 3BQ)
TUESDAY 15 JANUARY: BIRMINGHAM
The Anglican Cathedral, with Writing West Midlands (Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2QB)
WEDNESDAY 16 JANUARY: LIVERPOOL
The Epstein Theatre (Hanover House, 85 Hanover Street, Liverpool, L1 3DZ)
THURSDAY 17 JANUARY: SHEFFIELD
St George’s Church Lecture Theatre, with the University of Sheffield
FRIDAY 18 JANUARY: NORWICH
Norwich Arts Centre (St. Benedict’s Street, Norwich, NR2 4PG)
SATURDAY 19 JANUARY: LONDON
The Tabernacle (35 Powis Square London W11 2AY) for an evening of music, beer, cheese and literature, when our Low Countries Literati will be joined by UK writers with Dutch links, including Tracy Chevalier & Deborah Moggach.
For more information check the High Impact website: highimpacttour.com