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On Saturday 22 September, Utrecht, the UNESCO City of Literature, will be under the spotlight with city walking tours and literary activities in the bookshops across the city. Please note that all events are in Dutch.


Walking between the lines

A discovery tour with Utrecht’s Guild of Poets

Specially designed for the ILFU, Utrecht’s Guild of Poets will be leading a walking tour along wall poems, music and courtyard gardens. Ancient stones will come to life with performances by city poets, music will rise from the Museum Quarter and you will get a taster of what has blossomed in the trees along the avenues last summer. In summary: a beautiful, poetic way to (re)discover the City of Literature. You won’t want to miss it!

With the Guild Poets:Ruben van Gogh, Hanneke van Eijken, Alexis de Roode, Nanne Nauta, Maarten Das, Ingmar Heytze and Els van Stalborch.

Guides: Onno Kosters, Fred Penninga and Anne Broeksma.

Music: Leine.

Price:   €5.00

Times: 2.30 pm / 2.45 pm / 3.00 pm



The walk takes one hour. Please arrive at Het Literatuurhuis, Oudegracht 237 fifteen minutes before you are due to leave.


Bookshop walks

Niels Bokhove will guide you on a bookshop walk to the many stunning and unique bookshops that Utrecht is filled with. The city is home to as many bookshops that are still doing business as ones that have ceased to trade, in locations you might walk past on a daily basis. Niels will focus on these special places and will talk about the historical and literary aspects of the Cathedral city and its bookshops.

Price:   €5.00

Times: 12.00 pm / 1.30 pm


The walk takes one hour. Please arrive at Het Literatuurhuis, Oudegracht 237 fifteen minutes before you are due to leave.


De Utrechtse Kinderboekwinkel

Ganzenmarkt 10

The Superjuffie relay

11.00 am – 3.00 pm

Janneke Schotveld and Annet Schaap have written seven books about this special nanny, who seems to be like a normal nanny but isn’t. And now the story has been turned into a film! This is a reason to celebrate and that is why the Utrechtse Kinderboekwinkel is holding a Superjuffie read-aloud relay on Saturday 22 September. There will a chair and microphone in the shop window and all fans will be allowed to read out a section of their favourite Superjuffie book. Do you want to take your seat on the read-aloud chair?


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Book club with Marloes Morshuis

3.30 pm – 4.30 pm


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Boekhandel Bijleveld

Janskerkhof 7

2.00 pm – 2.30 pm

Poets Jonathan Griffioenand Floor Buschenhenkehave been working hard on their new collections over the past year. During the ILFU, they will be performing pieces from their latest publications!

Jonathan’s Gedichten met een mazda 626 (Poems with a Mazda 626) (Lebowski, 2018) will be in shops in mid-September. In these poems, alongside the Mazda, of course, he explores the physical and spiritually exhausting journey into the subconscious. The collection is the follow-up to his acclaimed debut Wijk(Lebowski, 2015), which was nominated for the C. Buddingh’ prize in 2015.

Floor’s collection, Parachute (Atlas Contact, 2018) was published back in May and it is filled with poems that stay in your mind. She has even called this third collection “practical suggestions by a fundamental doubter”. In this uplifting collection, a range of crises and essential questions are addressed.


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Broese Boekverkopers

Stadhuisbrug 5

3.00 pm – 4.00 pm

Is there anything Jaap Robbencan’t do? He writes children’s books, poems and novels and he won several major prizes for his debut novel Birk (De Geus, 2014). His long-anticipated second novel was released on 4 September: Zomervacht (Summer Coat) (De Geus, 2018).

It is the story of thirteen-year-old Brian, who lives with his Dad in a caravan. This summer, his mentally and physically disabled brother Lucien has to come and live with them temporarily. Brian is responsible for looking after his brother, but how do you talk to someone who can’t speak? How do you look after someone when you don’t know what he needs? How do you make the right choices if you have so much to learn yourself?


Broese Boekverkopers is organising a meet & greet with the author Jaap Robben on 22 September.


De Literaire Boekhandel

Lijnmarkt 17

4.00 pm – 4.30 pm

Skydancer(Prometheus, 2018) is the debut novel by Lotte Kok, an up-and-coming talent in the literary world. The story, which has echoes of Wes Anderson’s work, follows Oscar, who lives in a village in the middle of nowhere with nothing to do, until Agnes appears. Lotte has already won the Kunstbende competition as a spoken word artist and thanks to Hebban, was proclaimed one of the shining stars of her generation.

Erik-Jan Harmens was the first poetry slam champion of the Netherlands in 2002 and since then, he has also written many collections and books. His first children’s book, Hans is kwijt (Moon, 2017) was published in 2017. Erik-Jan is currently working on a new poetry collection as well as a novel. However, a new autobiographical work about life in the limelight will be released first.


Come and listen to both authors on 22 September in the Literaire Boekhandel.


Savannah Bay

Queering the City programme in Savannah Bay

Telingstraat 13

5.30 pm – 7.30 pm

Queering the City of Literature (QtCoL) researches the interaction between the queer body and the city. This programme is a follow-up to the successful first edition, in which Olave Nduwanje, Aafke Romeijn and Mounir Samuel wrote a short story specially for Savannah Bay. These stories were distributed across central Utrecht on cards by the writers and the general public on 22 June.

Savannah Bay will be releasing a zine with the stories and photographs of the parade walk and the cards as part of this second edition. The three authors will receive the first copy. Then you can purchase copies on the spot and have them signed. The guests for this edition, Willem Pije(author), Anna Poletti(researcher at UU) and Jasper Albinus & Steff Geelen(Uitgesproken Queer), will introduce you to new perspectives on queer parades. How can these texts help us to take a different look at the scene and what is the significance of this scene on the relevant text fragment? What role does literature play in recognising the position of the queer body within the city?


QtCoL I and II have been made possible by contributions from the Municipality of Utrecht, the K.F. Hein Fund, the Elise Mathilde Fund Foundation and the Kattendijke|Drucker Foundation.


From 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm

Entry is free. Donations welcome.

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Saturday 22 September

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Language: Nederlands


Binnenstad Utrecht
Utrecht Nederland

In collaboration with:

Boekhandel Bijleveld
Broese Boekverkopers
Literaire Boekhandel Lijnmarkt
Boekwinkel Savannah Bay
De Utrechtse Kinderboekwinkel
Utrechts Stadsdichtersgilde