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Learn from life with Elizabeth Day

Join us for a talk with bestseller author Elizabeth Day, who devoted a podcast and now book on how to deal with life’s struggles. Dutch actress and children’s book author Maryam Hassouni is present as well.

Dit is een Engelstalig programma. Voor Nederlandse programmatekst, zie onderaan.

Elizabeth Day, known in the UK and beyond for her highly successful novels (such as The Party, 2017 and Paradise City, 2015), is an expert at bouncing back after life knocks you down. Tonight she will be our guide through the troubled waters of twenty-something life. Starting from personal experience, Day discovered with her podcast How to Fail – which grew into a book by the same name, published this year – just how meaningful it is to share what you have learned.

We will dive into Elizabeth Day’s life story, with the help of popular culture, and discuss how fictional characters (who are, usually, ‘failing’ at life) can be inspirational and motivational tools. Joining us as well is Dutch children’s book author and actress Maryam Hassouni, among other things actress in Flikken Rotterdam (2017), Soof (2013-16), Dunya and Desie (2008) and writer of Hoekjes van geluk (2017). In 2006 she experienced severe backlash from the industry after receiving an Emmy award, resulting in a better perspective towards emotional and professional pitfalls.

Together we ask ourselves the following questions: What is real failure anyway? How do fiction stories help us deal with failure? (What) can you learn exactly from your setbacks?

Nederlandse tekst

Elizabeth Day, bekend in het Verenigd Koninkrijk en daarbuiten vanwege haar zeer succesvolle romans (zoals The Party, 2017 en Paradise City, 2015), is een expert in overeind krabbelen nadat het leven je neerslaat. Vanavond zal zij onze gids zijn door de woelige wateren van het leven. Vertrekkend vanuit persoonlijke ervaring, ontdekte Day met haar podcast How to Fail – die in 2019 uitgroeide tot een boek met dezelfde naam – hoe betekenisvol het is om te delen wat je leerde van je fouten.

Samen duiken we in het levensverhaal van Elizabeth Day, en ontdekken we hoe fictieve personages (die meestal ‘mislukken’ in het leven) een inspirerende en motiverende werking hebben. Ook Nederlandse kinderboekenauteur en -actrice Maryam Hassouni, bekend van Dunya en Desie in Marokko (2008) en Hoekjes van geluk (2017), komt hierover meepraten. In 2006 had ze te maken met kritiek uit de industrie na het ontvangen van een Emmy Award, wat resulteerde in een betere houding tegenover emotionele en professionele valkuilen.

Want wat is écht falen eigenlijk? Hoe helpt fictie ons om te gaan met falen? Wat kun je precies leren van je tegenslagen?

Dit programma is i.s.m. Ambo I Anthos Uitgevers.


Elizabeth Day

Elizabeth Day is an English journalist, broadcaster and novelist. Day was a feature writer for The Observer from 2007 to 2016 and has written four novels: Scissors Paper Stone (2012), Home Fires (2013), The Party (2017) and Paradise City (2015). Her book How to Fail (2019), alongside the podcast by the same name have reached a large (worldwide) audience.

Maryam Hassouni

Maryam Hassouni is a Dutch television and film actress as well as children’s book writer. In 2006 she won an Emmy Award for her role in Offers, recently she featured in, among others, Flikken Rotterdam (2017) and Soof (2013-16). She played in Dunya and Desie (2008) and is writer of the children’s book Hoekjes van geluk (2017, Rose Stories).