Festivalwriter Simone Atangana Bekono in Top 3 Literary Talent
Meet the author in the festivalprogram Fifty Ways to Free Your Language with poet and writer Antjie Krog (South Africa) and writer Petina Gappah (Zimbabwe) during Friday Night Unlimited on 17 January in Theater aan het Spui. Tickets here available.
Simone Atangana Bekono graduated in Creative Writing from ArtEZ in 2016 with what would immediately become her debut: Hoe de eerste vonken zichtbaar waren (How the First Sparks Were Visible, 2017). It won the 2018 Poëziedebuutprijs Aan Zee (Poetry Debut Prize on the Sea). The collection asks questions such as how social stamps such as race and gender influence our life experience, and what the sound of the new language is that expresses this. Through her poetry and letters, the author investigates the most fruitful manner of relating to the debate around (sexual) racism, Eurocentrism and today's polarization. She has been published in De Optimist, Samplekanon and De Gids, and appeard at the Nacht van de Poëzie (Night of Poetry), Writers Unlimited and Read my World. She was selected for the Slow Writing Lab and for CELA, a development process for writers and translators in six European countries. She is currently working on her first novel.