Toine Heijmans, Mariken Heitman, Simone Atangana Bekono, Myron Hamming and more are coming to Schiermonnikoog from 9 to 12 November for the second edition of literary festival Meet Me At the Lighthouse.

Leeuwarden City of Literature is hosting program sections at the festival with writers and publishers participating in the European project LIT-UP. In the LIT-UP project, Boeken fan Fryslân and Leeuwarden UNESCO City of Literature are working together with six European partners to raise awareness of literature in minority languages in Europe. This year the partners are meeting on Schiermonnikoog. Part of the LIT-UP program is open to visitors of the festival.

Writer Ixiar Rozas Elizalde (Basque Country) will perform at the opening on Thursday evening, open to all festival visitors. On Friday morning, there will be an inspiration session and networking opportunities for international project partners and people from the book trade. The Small Languages program on Friday afternoon is open to all festival visitors.

Program inspiration sessions and networking moments
Friday 10 nov. 10:45, De Stag – Langestreek 23 Schiermonnikoog

Participating in the inspiration sessions are: Mireille Berman from the Nederlands Letterenfonds, poet and writer Tsead Bruinja, Frisian children’s book ambassador Tialda Hoogeveen, writer Anita Terpstra, poet and writer Nyk de Vries and Ernst Bruinsma from Boeken fan Fryslân. The inspiration sessions are guided by prof. dr. M.P.J. (Mathijs) Sanders, professor in Modern Dutch Literature at the University of Groningen.

10:45 welcome by prof. dr. M.P.J. (Mathijs) Sanders
11:00 start inspiration session 1
12:00 networking lunch
13:00 start inspiration session 2
14:00 drinks at Hotel De 4 Dames
Admission is free, register at:

Programmaonderdeel Kleine talen
vrijdag 10 nov. 16:00, De Stag – Langestreek 23 Schiermonnikoog

Small languages ​​are unique, but their survival is sometimes threatened. The Frisian language is an example of this. What makes a language a minor language? A literary program about the power of tradition. In collaboration with Leeuwarden City of Literature in the context of LIT-UP, with international writers Ixiar Rozas Elizalde, Pia Prezelj and Paco Inclán. They will have a conversation with Mathijs Sanders, and recite, as will Tsead Bruinja. Dyami Millarson has conducted research into the Schiermonnikoog language and is generally concerned with the preservation of languages ​​that are in danger of disappearing. In this program he talks about the importance of preserving and passing on languages. Please note: this program is in English, and requires a ticket.

Tickets and more information at: