Istanbul Tanpınar Literature Festival

September 26 | 2012


I have been invited once more to the Istanbul Tanpinar Literature Festival (ITEF). I am really looking forward to it, as I remember from my first visit what a great festival it is. This year I will do readings in Istanbul and Izmir.

The ITEF works closely together with The Dutch Foundation For Literature (for further inquiries see here and here).


Dedem ve Ben

September 25 | 2012

Dedem ve ben

The Turkish translation of Mijn opa en ik en het varken Oma has been published by Hayykitap.
Dedem ve Ben, Instanbul, Hayykitap, 2012. Translated by Burak Sengir.


Vlag en Wimpel

June 25 | 2012

Mijn opa en ik en het varken Oma (My grandad and me and a pig called Granny) has been awarded a Vlag en Wimpel (which translates as Flying Colours), an honourable mention by the Griffel jury. The book had previously been given another honourable mention by the Woutertje Pieterse jury.


My grandad and me and a pig called Granny

May 24 | 2012

Mijn opa

The rights for Mijn opa en ik en het varken Oma (My grandad and me and a pig called Granny) have so far been sold to Turkey (Hayykitap), Germany (Bloomsbury) and France (Flammarion).


Best Children's Feature Film

April 18 | 2012

Patatje oorlog/Taking Chances has gained the Best Children's Feature Film Award at the International Children's FIlm Festival in Lucknow, India.


Barnefilmfestivalen i Kristiansand

April 12 | 2012

Taking Chances is one of seven Dutch movies selected for the International Children's Movie Festival in Kristiansand (Barnefilmfestivalen i Kristiansand). April 24 to 28.


ECFA Award

March 22 | 2012

Taking chances

Een kleine kans (Against the Odds) has been made into a movie. Its Dutch title is Patatje Oorlog; abroad it has been released as Taking Chances.
The movie has gained the European Children Film Association Award for Best European Film at the Malmö BUFF Filmfestival.

Award ceremonies take place at several European Youth Filmfestivals (Giffoni, Cine-Jeune, Berlinale, etc.) where the jury singles out the best European Film in the running.

BUFF, the International Children and Young People’s Film Festival, was founded in Malmö in 1984 and is generally considered one of Europe's leading festivals for movies for young people.

In October 2011 Patatje Oorlog/Taking Chances got its first public showing at the Cinekid Festival, where it won the prize for Best Dutch Movie for Children. In the early months of this year Patatje Oorlog/Taking Chances was included in the official selection of the Generation Kplus programme of the Berlinale, Berlin's renowned International Movie Festival.


The Best Dutch Book Designs 2011

February 28 | 2012


There are several editions of the cd-book Assepoester (Cinderella). This one made it to the list of Best Verzorgde boeken 2011 (The Best Dutch Book Designs), all of which will be exhibited in the Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum next autumn.

The concomitant catalogue (The Best Dutch Book Designs 2011) will be published on the same occasion. By way of follow-up there will be a number of expositions both in Holland and abroad.



February 27 | 2012


Mijn opa en ik en het varken Oma (My grandad and me and a pig called Granny) got a recommendation from the Kinderjury 2012.


White Ravens

February 22 | 2012

The Internationale Jugendbibliothek (Youth Library) of Munich annually compiles a set of children's books called the White Ravens. Specialists single out the books which they consider worthy of wider public attention. These are then exhibited at the Bologna Book Fair.

I was pleased to learn that Zwaan laat het waaien (Swan makes the Wind Blow) has been included in this year's selection of White Ravens.