Nancy Jouwe wrote a report

on Read My World 2015


Is this already the third instalment? Yes, Read My World 2015 is a fact. And what a wonderful edition it is. The concept: give literary writers from the region itself the opportunity to select and present literary talent and mix that with Dutch talent. The result: a festival of literary and musical exchange and cross-pollination. 2015 is the year in which Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore are highlighted, with curators Bernice Chauly (Malaysia) and Kadek Krishna Adidharma (Indonesia) at the helm.

Day 0

The third edition of Read My World (RMW) starts, as in previous years, with a preview. At the special Bijlmer Boekt!, the tri-monthly literary event in the Bijlmerparktheater (a collaboration with SLAA) different worlds of performers and audience merge.


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.


The first Read My World-programme: Bijlmer Boekt!


Bijlmer Boekt! goes off the beaten track: authors recite to music, comedians step out of their comfort zone, new talent is given a stage amidst established artists, and a Bijlmer Booked! story will be written especially for the evening. Bijlmer Boekt! is an evening programme in Amsterdam-Zuidoost filled with literature, music and celebration.