The Low Countries

Deze Engelstalige blog, gelinkt aan het jaarboek The Low Countries, brengt nieuws over taal, cultuur en maatschappij in de Lage Landen voor een breed buitenlands publiek.

  • 1 februari 2019

Translated Dutch Books (January 2019)

Fancy a book by a Dutch or Flemish author? Here you will find a selection of the most recent translated works, supported by the Dutch Foundation for Literature and the Flemish Foundation for Literature

  • 1 februari 2019

POEM OF THE DAY: Letter twenty-eight (Erwin Mortier)

POEM OF THE DAY: Letter twenty-eight (Erwin Mortier)

During Poetry Week, which runs from 31 January to 6 February, we treat you every day to beautiful verses by a contemporary poet from Flanders or the Netherlands. Today you can read Brief achtentwintig (Letter twenty-eight) by Erwin Mortier (°1965) from the volume Uit één vinger valt men niet (De Bezige Bij, 2005).

  • 31 januari 2019

Royal Rubens Drawing Sells for $8.2 Million Record

Royal Rubens Drawing Sells for $8.2 Million Record

A sketch by Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) that formerly belonged to the Dutch King William II and his wife Anna Pavlovna has set an auction record for a drawing by the artist at Sotheby’s New York.

  • 31 januari 2019

POEM OF THE DAY: Big Bang (Lieke Marsman)

POEM OF THE DAY: Big Bang (Lieke Marsman)

During Poetry Week, which runs from 31 January to 6 February, we treat you every day to beautiful verses by a contemporary poet from Flanders or the Netherlands. We start with the poem 'Oerknal' (Big Bang) by Lieke Marsman (°1990) from her debut 'Wat ik mijzelf graag voorhoud' (Van Oorschot, 2010).

  • 30 januari 2019

Ian Buruma: 'Intellectuals Won’t Save the World'

Ian Buruma: 'Intellectuals Won’t Save the World'

The internationally renowned writer, columnist and public intellectual Ian Buruma was recently invited to Brussels by the organisations Bozar and deBuren. The newly-nominated winner of the Golden Goosequill prize was interviewed by Brigitte Herremans in English, the language in which he writes. Editor-in-chief Luc Devoldere sat in on the interview and noted his impressions. ‘Buruma feels at home everywhere, but as both an insider and an outsider.’

  • 29 januari 2019

Youth news agency StampMedia gives young people a voice

‘Young people make up a large proportion of society, and yet they very rarely feature in the media, who never talk to them directly at all,’ says Marjorie Blomme of StampMedia. That is precisely the reason why this youth news agency was founded ten years ago in Antwerp, as a unique organisation in the Low Countries.

  • 28 januari 2019

The Haunting Universe of Shadow Painter Klaus Verscheure

The Haunting Universe of Shadow Painter Klaus Verscheure

For years, Klaus Verscheure (1968) has worked as a director on many well-known Flemish television series. Lately, however, he has been making a name for himself as a visual artist, and his work has been shown in both New York and Los Angeles. His first book was recently published, entitled Black is a Color.

  • 28 januari 2019

Brecht Evens awarded with major international comic strip prize

Brecht Evens awarded with major international comic strip prize

At the Angoulême comic strip festival, the biggest comic strip festival in Europe, the Flemish comic book author Brecht Evens (°1986) won the 'special prize of the jury', the second most important award of the festival in the French city.

  • 25 januari 2019

Angoulême's Official Selection includes 'The City of Belgium' by Brecht Evens

Angoulême's Official Selection includes 'The City of Belgium' by Brecht Evens

Brecht Evens’ latest graphic novel The City of Belgium is included in the Official Selection of the Angoulême International Comic Book Festival. From a list of 45 graphic novels and comic books the jury will this weekend select the winners of the four biggest prizes of the festival. Evens is the only author from Flanders included in the selection.

  • 25 januari 2019

Leading Flemish moral philosopher Etienne Vermeersch has died

Leading Flemish moral philosopher Etienne Vermeersch has died

Etienne Vermeersch has died at the age of 84. Professor Vermeersch was a celebrated freethinker, who raised issues like abortion, euthanasia and paedophilia as early as the Seventies. In this article, editor-in-chief Luc Devoldere says goodbye to the most important Flemish philosopher.