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.


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.