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Annemarie Estor

Annemarie Estor
Annemarie Estor

(1973) is a poet, essyaist and illustrator of her literary works. She has twice won the Herman de Coninck Prize: for her debut poetry collection Vuurdoorn me (Firethorn Me) in 2011 and for De oksels van de bok (The Buck's Armpits) in 2013. In 2015 she published Dit is geen theater meer (This Isn't Theatre Anymore). An erotic or more generally sensual and sensory approach is characteristic of her poetry. Her collection Niemandslandnacht (No-Man's-Land Night) is a "crime poem" about a divided city where little is what it seems: It's a world of extremes, exotic but often terribly recognizable. It was awarded the 2018 Jan Campert Prize. In 2020 she published the poetry collection De bruidsvlucht (The Bride Flight) en the long poem Een nieuwe biotoop (A New Biotope) in Zwemlessen voor later (Swimming Lessons for Later), a collection of climate poems by 160 Dutch and Flemish poets.

(WN 2021)

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  • Erfstukken

    Erfstukken

    With: Annemarie Estor, Babah Tarawally, Babeth Fonchie, Eva Meijer, Fleur Kotten, Jens Meijen, Jessica Bacuna, Kenneth Aidoo, Mignon Nusteling, Rachel Sender

    At the request of Writers Unlimited, five authors wrote a letter to a family member of another generation asking: "What concern or fear about this time would you like to present to a family member in the past or in the future?" Five artists responded to the letters and created an unique illustration. Graphic designer Herman van Bostelen turned it into a paper gem: from leporello to postcard.

    We launch the analogue issue (in Dutch only) of Inheritance with an online program. Enjoy the conversations with four authors and illustrators involved: Eva Meijer, Fleur Kotten, Babeth Fonchie and Jessica Bacuna talk about the special collaboration from our favorite bookshop in The Hague, De Vries Van Stockum. (Dutch spoken)

    With: authors Annemarie Estor, Babeth Fonchie, Jens Meijen, Eva Meijer and Babah Tarawally and artists Mignon Nusteling, Jessica Bacuna, Rachel Sender, Fleur Kotten and Kenneth Aidoo. Read the English translation via our site. Paper edition (in Dutch) available (€7,50) via The Haguestore or webshop De Vries Van Stockum.

    Read and watch the English translations of Inheritance:


    Program concept: Joëlle Koorneef (Writers Unlimited)
    Design: Herman van Bostelen
    Book sales: De Vries Van Stockum Boeken
    Videoregistration: Wilbert Eerland

  • Slow Winternachten festival februari & maart 2021

    Annemarie Estor in Tout-monde - #BackToEarth

    With: Annemarie Estor

    Oh Man,
    Oh Man,
    Illustrious silk-pyjamaed occupier
    of lofts, conference rooms,
    palazzos and penthouses!
    'Tis I who awaken thee!

    In no uncertain terms, human excrement addresses itself to man, his creator. In this highly original poem, mankind is admonished: we think it stinks but it is also the beginning, because "From me springs the Garden of Eden".

    At the request of Winternachten international literature festival The Hague, poet Annemarie Estor gave a voice to 'non-humans'. A voice that is missing in our vision of the world and is of great added value. The reading by Estor of her poem Canto excrementis - in its English version, translated by Rosalind Buck - was filmed on location by Nils van der Linden and shown for the first time in the programme #BackToEarth: Tout-monde, streamed live on Saturday 16 January 2021.

    The image that we have of our world is purely human: a human-centred picture. It's up to us to give non-humans a voice and a stage. That's why in #BackToEarth: Tout-monde, the programme created by Nisrine Mbarki for the online Winternachten festival 2021, we gave the floor to the non-human elements of our world. It was an existentially poetic evening in which the world was experienced from a different, more complete, perspective.

    Annemarie Estor (Belgium) is a poet, essyaist and illustrator of her literary works. She has twice won the Herman de Coninck Prize: for her debut poetry collection Vuurdoorn me (Firethorn Me) in 2011 and for De oksels van de bok (The Buck's Armpits) in 2013. In 2015 she published Dit is geen theater meer (This Isn't Theatre Anymore). An erotic or more generally sensual and sensory approach is characteristic of her poetry. Her collection Niemandslandnacht (No-Man's-Land Night) is a "crime poem" about a divided city where little is what it seems: It's a world of extremes, exotic but often terribly recognizable. It was awarded the 2018 Jan Campert Prize. In 2020 she published the poetry collection De bruidsvlucht (The Bride Flight) en the long poem Een nieuwe biotoop (A New Biotope) in Zwemlessen voor later (Swimming Lessons for Later), a collection of climate poems by 160 Dutch and Flemish poets.

  • Slow Winternachten festival februari & maart 2021

    Tout-monde - #BackToEarth

    With: Amahl Raphael Khouri, Annemarie Estor, Chris Keulemans, Nisrine Mbarki, Shishani, Sulaiman Addonia, Vamba Sherif

    The image that we have of our world is purely human: a human-centred picture. It's up to us to give non-humans a voice and a stage. In this program created by Nisrine Mbarki, we give the floor to the non-human elements of our world. It was an existentially poetic evening in which the world was experienced from a different, more complete, perspective.

    4:36 - Shishani (Netherlands), song performance I.
    10:24 - Vamba Sherif (Netherlands), interview.
    24:44 - Shishani, song performance II.
    28:40 - Sulaiman Addonia (Belgium), video reading.
    35:57 - Annemarie Estor (Belgium), video reading.
    43:43 - Amahl Raphael Khouri (Egypt), video reading.
    49:58 - Amahl Raphael Khouri / Sulaiman Addonia, interview.
    1:12:53 - Vamba Sherif, interview.
    1:18:12 - Shishani, song performance II.

    The term Tout-monde (whole-world), coined by the Caribbean poet and philosopher Édouard Glissant (1928-2011) advocates the use of language and poetry as a tool of resistance. We can look at the world from the point of view of other people, animals, plants and even objects by identifying with them. In the Netherlands, writer Eva Meijer calls on philosophers, writers and artists to get to work on this.

    We discussed this theme with writer and journalist Vamba Sherif who always explores the history of his family in North and West Africa, irrevocably linked to the African earth. In his novel Het land van de vaders (The land of the Fathers) he tells about his native country Liberia, where the religion of nature was adhered to by praying to trees, rocks and rivers.

    We asked three guests to give a voice to beloved non-humans who, in their view, should have one. These include the Eritrean-Ethiopian author Sulaiman Addonia; the Belgian writer and poet Annemarie Estor and the transgender Jordanian playwright living and working in Berlin and Cairo, Amahl Raphael Khouri.

    In their works the search for an individual, free voice plays an important role. They are especially adept at taking on alternative voices that lack the usual perspectives on the world and are therefore of great added value.

    The authors' readings of their stories were filmed on location, in their own habitat by respectively Ahmed El Saaty (Khouri), Shalan Alhamwy (Addonia) en Nils van der Linden (Estor). Afterwards, writer and journalist Chris Keulemans lead a live conversation with Addonia and Khouri to reflect on what issues the assignment raised.

    Shishani brings worlds together with an earthly and powerful voice and was therefore the singer-songwriter par excellence to engage us with the non-human.

    Read here the contributions written for this programme on request of the Winternachten international literature festival The Hague:


    (Find the Dutch-language versions here/Lees hier de Nederlandstalige versies)
    Learn more here:


    Read and watch on here:

    Sulaiman Addonia
    Facebook
    'Murder, migration and mother love, the making of the novelist Sulaiman Addonia, interview, The Guardian, 2019

    Annemarie Estor
    website

    Chris Keulemans
    Facebook
    Video: Chris Keulemans hosts an interview with authors Rosabelle Illes (Aruba) and Antoine de Kom, Winternachten festival 2020

    Amahl Raphael Khouri
    Video: conversation with Amahl Raphael Khouri; host: Alice Guthrie, Arts Canteen, July 2020

    Nisrine Mbarki
    Facebook
    Video, from 58'40'': recitation by Nisrine Mbarki in Fatena's Poëziësalon, December 2020

    Vamba Sherif
    website

    Shishani
    website
    YouTube-channel Shishani

  • Winternachten 2021

    #BacktoEarth: Tout-monde (Whole World)

    With: Amahl Raphael Khouri, Annemarie Estor, Chris Keulemans, Nisrine Mbarki, Shishani, Sulaiman Addonia, Vamba Sherif

    The image that we have of our world is purely human: a human-centred picture. It's up to us to give non-humans a voice and a stage. In this program created by Nisrine Mbarki, we give the floor to the non-human elements of our world. It was an existentially poetic evening in which the world was experienced from a different, more complete, perspective.

    The term Tout-monde (whole-world), coined by the Caribbean poet and philosopher Édouard Glissant (1928-2011) advocates the use of language and poetry as a tool of resistance. We can look at the world from the point of view of other people, animals, plants and even objects by identifying with them. In the Netherlands, writer Eva Meijer calls on philosophers, writers and artists to get to work on this.

    We discussed this theme with writer and journalist Vamba Sherif who always explores the history of his family in North and West Africa, irrevocably linked to the African earth. In his novel Het land van de vaders (The land of the Fathers) he tells about his native country Liberia, where the religion of nature was adhered to by praying to trees, rocks and rivers.

    We asked three guests to give a voice to beloved non-humans who, in their view, should have one. These include the Eritrean-Ethiopian author Sulaiman Addonia; the Belgian writer and poet Annemarie Estor and the transgender Jordanian playwright living and working in Berlin and Cairo, Amahl Raphael Khouri.

    In their works the search for an individual, free voice plays an important role. They are especially adept at taking on alternative voices that lack the usual perspectives on the world and are therefore of great added value.

    The authors' readings of their stories were filmed on location, in their own habitat by respectively Ahmed El Saaty (Khouri), Shalan Alhamwy (Addonia) en Nils van der Linden (Estor). Afterwards, writer and journalist Chris Keulemans lead a live conversation with Addonia and Khouri to reflect on what issues the assignment raised.

    Shishani brings worlds together with an earthly and powerful voice and was therefore the singer-songwriter par excellence to engage us with the non-human.

    Read here the contributions written for this programme on request of the Winternachten international literature festival The Hague:


    (Find the Dutch-language versions here/Lees hier de Nederlandstalige versies)
    Learn more here:


    Read and watch on here:

    Sulaiman Addonia
    Facebook
    'Murder, migration and mother love, the making of the novelist Sulaiman Addonia, interview, The Guardian, 2019

    Annemarie Estor
    website

    Chris Keulemans
    Facebook
    Video: Chris Keulemans hosts an interview with authors Rosabelle Illes (Aruba) and Antoine de Kom, Winternachten festival 2020

    Amahl Raphael Khouri
    Video: conversation with Amahl Raphael Khouri; host: Alice Guthrie, Arts Canteen, July 2020

    Nisrine Mbarki
    Facebook
    Video, from 58'40'': recitation by Nisrine Mbarki in Fatena's Poëziësalon, December 2020

    Vamba Sherif
    website

    Shishani
    website
    YouTube-channel Shishani

  • Winternachten 2019

    Feast of Writers

    With: Aad Meinderts, Annemarie Estor, Douwe Draaisma, Hans Aarsman, Hassnae Bouazza, Jan van Aken, Jenny Arean, Maartje Meijer, Marja Pruis, Mathilde Santing, Maxime Garcia Diaz, Nelleke Noordervliet, Pauline Krikke, Robert van Asten, Sumai Yahya

    Appearances by singer, cabaret artist and actress Jenny Arean (accompanied on piano by Peter van der Zwaag), singer Mathilde Santing (accompanied by musicians Bastiaan Mulder and Guus Bakker), memory psychologist and author Douwe Draaisma, jazz pianist and composer Maartje Meijer and photographer and writer Hans Aarsman made this a fantastic Schrijversfeest edition.

    They performed to honour the winners of the literary prizes that the Jan Campert Foundation awarded on behalf of the City of The Hague. These were handed out during this Winternachten festival afternoon by the Mayor of The Hague, Pauline Krikke, and Robert van Asten, alderman for mobility, culture and strategy.

    The Schrijversfeest was opened by young poet Maxime Garcia Diaz who reads from her own work. Then high-school students recited their poetry written during workshops at school. Among them Sumai Yahya, who won the Young Campert Prize last year. The audience decided which of three student nominees won this award for a young Hague poet this time.

    Nelleke Noordervliet received the Constantijn Huygens Prize for her complete oeuvre. Since 1987 she has published a large number of novels, novellas, stories, essays and radio commentaries. Themes of historic ties, freedom, the collective and responsibility characterize her work. Her latest novel is Aan het eind van de dag (At the End of the Day, 2016)

    Jan van Aken received the F. Bordewijk Prize for his novel De ommegang (The Procession). It takes place in Europe during the year 1400, "a time when fierceness prevails, death is always lurking, and the equally brilliant and opportunistic protagonist attempts to defend his position so that he can build a cathedral", according to the jury.

    Annemarie Estor received the Jan Campert Prize for Niemandslandnacht (No-Man's-Land Night). This swirling prose poem, which reveals itself further at every reading, evokes a world that is both surreal and contemporary.

    The biannual J. Greshoff Prize went to Marja Pruis for her essay collection Genoeg nu over mij (Enough Now about Me). "I" must deserve you, writes the journalist, critic and writer. She certainly deserves this prize for her full-out and unabashed thinking and writing.

    This programme is a collaboration with the Jan Campert Foundation / Literature Museum.