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Literary festival Het Grote Gebeuren takes place every year since nine years. This year it will be on the 3th of November at the Groninger Forum Library in the city centre. Wellknown and starting Dutch authors are invited for readings, talks and discussions. The festival also aims for an international program. This year two young authors from abroad are coming to Groningen to celebrate the festival with us. British author Imogen Hermes Gowar will visit the Netherlands for the first time to talk about her much applauded debut and Czech author Marek Šindelka will be interviewed, in English, about his prize winning novel Únava materiálu (Material fatigue).

Imogen Hermes Gowar (1988) got a six figure book deal for her debut The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock and the book became her publishers lead début fiction title for 2018. Hermes Gowar studied Archaeology, Anthropology and Art History after which she worked in museums where, on slow days, she would start writing about the art surrounding her. In June the Dutch translation De meermin en de courtisane was published and we are proud to announce that her performance at Het Grote Gebeuren marks her first visit to the Netherlands. Esmé van den Boom, poet and master student Writing, Editing and Mediating at the University of Groningen, will interview her about the morals of Georgian London and the dangers of letting a mermaid into your house.

Czech author Marek Šindelka (1984) first got published in English in 2014 when Mapa Anny (2012) got translated as A Map of Anna. Two years later the Dutch translation of this ‘intelligently written and elaborate book’ was released. His novel Únava materiálu (2016) was the first novel by a Czech author to address the European migrant crisis. The story depicts the reduction of the lives of ‘foreigners’ as artificially created enemies, to a problem, to manpower or even just material. The book won the Magnesia Litera, the most important Czech literary award. Materiaalmoeheid (2018), the Dutch translation by Edgar de Bruin also got extensive praise in the press. Author and journalist Persis Bekkering will interview Šindelka.

Het Grote Gebeuren starts at 8 PM on the 3th of November. Two musical performances might also be of your interest. Famous Dutch author Toon Tellegen will perform his poems accompanied by two musicians and singer Janne Schra will sing the poems of M. Vasalis, one of the most loved Dutch poets. Tickets are for sale at Het Groninger Forum at their location Hereplein 73 and on their website. Tickets are available for students for € 10,-, Library members € 15,- and others € 19,50. At the door tickets are priced, if still available, € 15,- for students, € 20,- for library members and € 25,- for others.