(photo: Bianca Sistermans)
The new international literary festival of Amsterdam
OPENING UP ( Friday evening)
While the public strolls in and evenings falls, majestic trees highlighted in soft blue, green and yellow turn the Amsterdam Tolhuistuin into a fairytale cathedral. A drink in the Gazebo Bar, buzz at long tables under a Tuareg canvas vault. On the main stage, at one end of a prolonged tipi tent of huge dimensions, writer-presenter Christine steams up the opening revue of Read My World in a pleasant pace. In her opening speech master travelwriter Lieve Joris honours her inspirators, Norman Mailer, Truman Capote, VS Naipaul and Riszard Kapuscinsky. But more so the women and men who made her feel what ‘home’ is about during her many travels in Africa, South America and China.