Re:Creating Europe – Writing for Change – Preview #2 Read My World


Practically nowhere in the world can one find literature as important and influential as in today’s Eastern Europe. The region’s writers have been at the forefront of change for centuries, and they are all the more so today, what with the war in Ukraine and Poland’s turn to the right. But what is the power and potential of literature in these two countries while undergoing major political change?

Read my world selected two decisive and bold voices from the literary worlds of Ukraine and Poland, Iryna Vikyrchak Grzegorz Jankowicz, to step into the role of curators. Journalist Laura Starink will discuss with them the role of the writer. How does a young generation of writers react to a rapidly changing political landscape?

This programme will be in English.

The Read my world festival will take place on 6 – 8 of October, 2016, in the Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam. It is dedicated to introduce the writers and literature of Poland and Ukraine.


On 1, 2, and 3 June 2016, artists and thinkers from all over Europe will come together in Amsterdam for ‘Re:Creating Europe’, the first Forum on European Culture. What are the cultural values that unite us? How can art and culture offer creative solutions for problems that seem to be splitting us apart? And how can European artists shape the future of Europe? With Rem Koolhaas, Chantal Mouffe, Benjamin Barber, Arnon Grunberg and many others.

Re:Creating Europe is an initiative of DutchCulture centre for international cooperation and De Balie.

RMW 2016: Ukraine and Poland



Ukraine and Poland. Two countries in the spotlights right now, and there is surely more news to come. Ukraine is at war. Poland has swerved to the right. Writers have been of high importance in Ukraine and Poland for centuries and they still are. Literature might be more important in these countries than anywhere else in the world. More influential, both in parliament and at the kitchen table.

How does a young generation of authors from Ukraine and Poland deal with the political situation in their region?

The Read My World festival will take place in Amsterdam’s Tolhuistuin on October 6th-8th, featuring writers from Ukraine, Poland and the Netherlands.


Omar Musa slayed performance at sold out Bijlmer Parktheater


Yesterday, Omar Musa absolutely slayed at a sold out Bijlmer Boekt. Sanne Landvreugd and Pablo Nahar joined in. Many thanks to Kees van KootenSahand Sahebdivani, Ellen Ombre and The Venopian Solitude for their amazing performances too! More Omar and The Venopian? See you tonight at Read My World

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Seno Gumira Ajidarma in magazine Carver


Come on, Fernando, tell me,’ the doctor said as he viewed the X-ray results, ‘how did these rosary beads end up in your stomach for twenty months?’

The man called Fernando just bowed his head in silence. His large nose flared and his big eyes glanced left and right. His dark-skinned hands ran nervously through his curly hair.

‘Tell me the truth, Fernando. I’m your doctor. How can I possibly cure you if you won’t be honest with me about the origin of your illness? Tell me about it, Fernando, tell me how these rosary beads managed to get into your stomach.’

Fernando still hung his head. His mouth trembled. All the images of the experiences he went through twenty months previously flashed vividly in his mind but his tongue was still. His hands trembled as he tried to control his emotions, his chest pounded, poisoned by anger, but great fear made him bow his head. He closed his eyes and saw only darkness. He felt angry with himself that fear could torture him that way.