Now in its 26th year, Crossing Border Festival bills itself as ‘where literature and music clash and collaborate on stage’. Held over  a week at various venues in and around the Theater aan het Spui in the centre of The Hague, it had the feel of a “real” festival along the lines of, say, the Cheltenham Literature Festival in the UK. The Crossing Border base is very broad and involves diverse writers and musicians from around the world. The organisation also runs regular, more intimate literary events in The Hague called Border Kitchen.

We covered several of the hundred or so events and our reviews can be read by clicking on the appropriate picture below. The events are listed in reverse chronological order . . .


Gavin Bryars plays THE SAMUEL BECKETT SONGBOOK on 4th November




Richard Powers’ GREAT AMERICAN ECO-NOVEL on 3rd November





Carrie Fransman GRAPHIC NOVELS on 2nd November





THREE MEN AND A POTATO Cynan Jones & Tommy Wieringa on 2nd November






Oyinkan Braithwaite  – MY SISTER THE SERIAL KILLER on 1st November



Sir Ian Kershaw on ROLLER COASTER RIDE on 1st November




MICHAEL PALIN on 30th October 2018