Yra van Dijk

Dr. Yra van Dijk (1970) is professor of Modern Dutch Literature and guest-professor at Leiden University. After publishing volumes and monographs on Late-postmodern literature (Reconsidering the postmodern. European Literature Beyond Relativism, 2011), on Intertextuality and on Shoah-Memory in the novel, she is now researching trauma, narrative and meaning for a next monograph: Structures of Signification in Dutch-Caribbean Literature. Recently, she has become a public voice in the debate on better and more diverse literary and reading education in the Netherlands.

Chantal Ariëns

Sanneke van Hassel

Sanneke van Hassel (Rotterdam, 1971) has published six collections of short stories, and two novels. For her first two story collections IJsregen (Ice Rain, 2005) and her collection Witte veder (White feather, 2007) she received the BNG New Literature Prize 2008. In 2013, she was awarded the biannual Anna Blaman Prize for her entire oeuvre. Her story ‘Indian Time’ was included in the Penguin Book of Dutch Short Stories (2016). A lot of her work is inspired by her hometown Rotterdam, about which she has written non fiction too, often in commission. In cooperation with writer Annelies Verbeke she operates as an ambassador of the short story. Together they made the collection To the City (2012) with contemporary short stories from all over the world. From 2018 she wrote for Dutch newspaper NRC about special things people do in their free time and from 2022 about interesting kinds of volunteer work.

Koen Broos

Rachida Lamrabet

Rachida Lamrabet (1970) is a Moroccan-Belgian writer and lawyer. She debuted in 2007 with the novel Vrouwland (Women’s Country). For this book, she recieved the price for most promising debut in Flanders in 2008. For her short story collection Een kind van God (A Child of God, 2009) she received the BNG Nieuwe Literatuurprijs 2010 (BNG New Literature prize). Her second novel De man die niet begraven wilde worden (The Man Who Didn’t Want to Be Buried) was published at De Bezige Bij in 2011. In 2018 her novel Vertel het iemand (Tell it to Someone), the story of a young Moroccan man who was a soldier in the French army during World War I, was published. For this novel she received the Ultima-prize in 2019, the Flemish Stateprize for literature, as well as the prestigious Culture prize of the University of Leuven. Lamrabet currently works as practice assistant in discrimination law at the Legal Clinic of the Faculty of Law at Ghent University. She also teaches at Odisee College in Brussels and at Sint Lucas school of Arts in Antwerp. Lamrabet has also written for theatre.

TO

Jannah Loontjens

Jannah Loontjens (1974) is a novelist, poet, and philosopher, who regularly writes for Dutch newspapers and magazines. Her novels include Good Luck (2007), How Late Actually (2011, nominated for the Halewijn Literature Prize), But Then Again (2014, translated into Danish and Hungarian) and Who Knows (2018). Her poetry collections include Variants on Now (2002), The Incredible Shrinking (2006, nominated for the Eline van Haaren Prize), and It’s You (2013). Her non-fiction includes the autobiographical philosophy book Roaring Nineties: Or How Philosophy Changed my Life (2016, nominated for Best Spiritual Book 2016), as well as My Life is More Beautiful Than Literature (2013) and When it Comes to Love (2019), a travel story tracing the footsteps of writer Frida Vogels. Her latest non-fiction book, Guilty: An exploration of my conscience (2020), develops and reflects on many of the themes of her fiction in her own authentic voice and was nominated for the philosophy prize ‘Socrates Wisselbeker’. In May 2023 her newest novel appeared: And Then He Was Gone (nominated for the Boon Literature Prize), a story taking place in Sweden in the seventies and eighties leading up to the day on which prime minister Olof Palme was murdered.

Fjodor Buis

Christine Otten

Dutch author and playwright Christine Otten (1961) wrote several groundbreaking novels such as The Last Poets (2004), which was translated in English and Arabic and One of us (2020), based on her experiences as a writing coach inside a Dutch prison. She invented and wrote the Prison Monologues, theater based on the lives on (formerly) incarcerated people. Several novels Otten wrote have been adapted into plays. Her work is socially involved and often pioneering. She explained her working-method and ideas about literature (and art) in the essay The Other Doesn’t Exist (2022). Otten founded Blocknotes, an non-profit organization that empowers incarcerated people in developing their creative writingskills. Her new novel will be published in the summer of 2024: Once I’ve Told You My Story.

Sébastien van Malleghem

Gaea Schoeters

Gaea Schoeters (1976) is a very versatile Belgian author, (screen)writer and librettist. She writes all sorts of texts, from novels, children’s books and screenplays to (music)theatre and opera. Her work is situated between formal experiment and social engagement, and she has a fondness for dialogue with the canon. Interdisciplinary co-creation and music are a key elements in her theatrical work. Her most recent novel, Trofee (2020), was widely translated and shortlisted for various prizes. With composer Annelies Van Parys she created several operas (Private View, Usher and Norwehr), music theatre pieces (Het Kanaal and Holle Haven) and song cycles (Ah, cette fable, Medea). With Annelies Verbeke she wrote the operetta Boze Bejaarden and with Gerda Dendooven she made the philosophical picture-book (N)Iets. Her work has been performed at venues such as Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Folkoperan Stockholm, Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, Deutsche Oper, Operadagen Rotterdam and Biennale di Venezia. She is a keen motorbiker, translates Kae Tempest and curates the Dead Ladies Show, a café chantant about ground-breaking women. And as a columnist and essayist she tends to step on toes, but always with good intentions.

Geisje van der Linden

Shantie Singh

Shantie Singh (1982) is a writer, presenter, theater maker, women’s rights activist and creative public manager working in Rotterdam (nomination Rotterdam Woman of the Year 2022). She wants to make invisible stories visible, has a soft spot for the ‘underdog and ‘silent heroines’, and likes to contribute to a world with more equality and equal opportunities. In 2015 Vervoering (debut novel, publisher De Geus, nomination de Inktaap 2016) was published. In 2020, De kier (novel, publisher De Geus, theatrical lecture Het Nationaal Theater 2021) was published. She also writes stories, opinion pieces and columns. Singh is director and artistic leader of the Talk-Theater foundation, an organization aimed at making hidden stories in society visible through theater productions, podcasts and talk shows. She is the initiator of the theater performance Her(s)tories, an ode to the women from Hindustani migration history.

Hanje Koster

Fleur Speet

Fleur Speet (1971) is a book reviewer and has worked many years for newspapers and magazines like NRC, het Financieele Dagblad, de Standaard der Letteren and de Nederlandse Boekengids. She was juror at almost all literary prizes of the Netherlands, anchorwoman of the ‘Anna Bijns Prijs’ for women writers and chairman of the Herman de Coninck Poetry Prize. She made two anthologies, one of poetry and one of poetry and short stories. She contributed to Women’s Writing from the Low Countries, 1880-2010, the educational website www.literatuurgeschiedenis.org and wrote essays about different Dutch writers and the position of women in literature. Besides, she was the architect and constructor of a sea vessel she’s now living on. Taking part in Fixdit persuaded her to start researching the life of the Dutch poet Maria Tesselschade Roemers Visscher, who lived in the first half of the seventeenth century, for a biographical novel.

Céline Simons

Manon Uphoff

Manon Uphoff was born in Utrecht in 1962, into a large chaotic family. She left home at 16, went on to study literary theory. She is an acclaimed artist, screenwriter and writer whose novels, short story collections, starting with her debut Desire (1995), have been shortlisted for numerous prizes and published in anthologies worldwide. In 2009 her novel De spelers (The Players) was published, in which the aftermath of the war in former Yugoslavia was thematized. Her latest novel Falling is Like Flying (2019) was a literary phenomenon (50,000 copies sold), being shortlisted for 4 literary awards and winning the prestigious Charlotte Köhler Prize. It has been translated into English (Pushkin Press), where it received critical acclaim in among othersThe Times Literary Supplement and The Irish Times into Spanish (Gatopardo Ediciones) with rave reviews in various media, and into Hungarian. In 2023 it was nominated for the Dublin Literary Award 2023 (longlist). Uphoff was president of PEN Netherlands, and chair of the jury of the European Literature Prize (2021, 2022). In 2022 literary magazine De Revisor dedicated an issue to her work. In 2023 the Central Museum in Utrecht held an exhibition of her visual art.

Alex Salinas

Annelies Verbeke

Since 2003 Annelies Verbeke (Belgium, 1976) has mainly been writing novels, novellas, short story collections and theater plays (she often writes plays for the Dutch collective Wunderbaum). Her work is translated into 25 languages and was rewarded prizes, like the F.Bordewijkprijs, Opzij Literatuurprijs and NRC Handelsbladprijs for her novel Thirty days (2015) and the J.M.A. Biesheuvelprijs for her short story collection Halleluja (2017). In 2022 she was rewarded two prizes for her whole oeuvre. She is an active advocate for the genre of the short story (collection), sometimes together with Sanneke van Hassel. Together with Jannah Loontjens she makes the Fixdit Podcast, on 20th century classics (in Dutch) written by women.