I first stood before a class in 1992, when I was thirty-one. For ten years I taught ‘bridge’ classes in Amsterdam to groups of students who had arrived from abroad and had to learn Dutch. This was long before the current, tougher approach to foreigners, gastarbeiders, immigrants, or whatever one…
2023 Forward Prizes
‘I alone know a running stream
that is recovery partly and dim sweat
of a day-fever’
A poem by Rowan Evans.
‘Humour is a thread we hang onto. It punctures through the fog of guilt.’
Momtaza Mehri in conversation with Warsan Shire.
‘Something shifted in me that night. A small voice in my head said, maybe you can make a way for yourself as a poet here, too.’
Mary Jean Chan in conversation with Andrew McMillan.
Joy and Insecurity in Port-au-Prince
‘There was to be an exhibition. There were lots of pictures like his, apparently – of waiters, pastry cooks, valets, bellboys.’
An essay by Jason Allen-Paisant from Granta 159: What Do You See?
‘I have started to see that nothing is itself’
A poem by Jason Allen-Paisant from Granta 154: I’ve Been Away for a While.
Translated by Sam Garrett
Sam Garrett is the translator of some thirty novels and works of non-fiction. He is the only translator to have twice won the British Society of Authors’ Vondel Prize for Dutch-English translation. In 2012, his translation of The Dinner by Herman Koch spent two months on the New York Times bestseller list and became the most popular Dutch novel ever translated into English. His work has been shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Award, the PEN Translation Prize and the Best Translated Book Award. He divides his time between Amsterdam and the French Pyrenees.More about the translator →