European Literature Night 2020

This programme is part of the festival Forum on European Culture, 17 – 20 September in Amsterdam.

The European Literature Night, a EUNIC Netherlands project, brings together both celebrated authors and promising literary talents from all over Europe. It is a space for exploration, for understanding differences and recognizing similarities, reimagining ‘Europeanness’ for both authors and audiences. This year’s theme is ‘Literature, the Antidote’.

Never before have we been so connected and so isolated at the same time. What will our world look like after the pandemic? According to Arundhati Roy Covid-19 ‘is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next’, which ‘forces humans to break with the past and to imagine their world anew.’ How can we imagine this world? What can literature predict on the basis of the experience of the past months in Europe? Let’s listen to the European writers of today, the antennae of our societies. Can literature be an antidote?

Hosts: Margot Dijkgraaf and Guido Snel

The European Literature Night is supported by the European Commission and organized thanks to the support of:

De Brakke Grond, British Council Netherlands, DutchCulture, Embassy of Austria, Litouws Cultureel Centrum,  Goethe Institut Niederlande, Institut français des Pays-Bas, Embassy of Switzerland, Instituto Cervantes, Tsjechisch Centrum, Embassy of Slovenia  en Istituto Italiano di Cultura Amsterdam

The State of European Literature

This year the European Literature Night is paired with the State of European Literature, a keynote co-organized by UvA (Faculty of Humanities, ACES, supported by OSL). This annual lecture, this year inaugurated by Philipp Blom, will address the state of literature in Europe and the state of Europe through the perspective of literature.


Eric Ngalle ChalresVIA ZOOMWriter (UK)
Nathalie AzoulaiWriter (France)
Abdelkader BenaliWriter (Netherlands)
Juan Gómez BarcenaVIA ZOOM Writer (Spain)
Pavla HorákováWriter (Czech Republic) (c) Jan Křikava
Pierre JarawanWriter (Germany)
Paulus HochgattererWriter (Austria)
Monique SchwitterWriter (Switzerland), (c) Lieven Yul
Tomas VaisetaVIA ZOOMWriter (Lithuania) (c) Robertas Daskevičius
Nataša KrambergerVIA ZOOMWriter (Slovenia)
Nicola LagioiaVIA ZOOMWriter (Italy)