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Dewi de Nijs Bik

Dewi de Nijs Bik - foto Stefan Rustenburg
Dewi de Nijs Bik - foto Stefan Rustenburg

(1990) made her debut with the poetry collection Indolente (de Arbeiderspers, 2023), in which she searches for a language that makes our shared past tangible - along the way, an unexpected historian presents himself: the oyster. Her work has also appeared in the literary magazines DW B, nY, Poëziekrant and SAND Journal, among others, and as audio work online on DIG and with the VPRO. She wrote articles and interviews for Dutch monthly Moesson for ten years, was an editor at Perdu and is a board member of the Auteursbond (Authors' Union). She recites her poems on various stages in the Netherlands and Belgium.


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  • Alfred Birney in gesprek met Ellen Deckwitz - Met voordracht van Dewi de Nijs Bik

    Between East and West: A postcolonial journey of discovery with Alfred Birney and Ellen Deckwitz

    With: Alfred Birney, Dewi de Nijs Bik, Ellen Deckwitz

    In this episode of the Writers Series, Alfred Birney, author of, among others, ''De tolk van Java'' (The Interpreter of Java), will go into conversation with Ellen Deckwitz about his new book, ''Zwerfpost" (Wandering Mail). This book is a personal selection from 25 years of articles, blog posts, columns, essays, critiques, lectures, studies, sketches, diatribes, travelogues, and portraits of unknown writers with dissenting voices about the Netherlands versus Indonesia. At its core lies the perspective of the Indo, caught between East and West, emblematic of the misunderstood and unseen figure.

    Ellen Deckwitz discovered upon her Indo grandmother's passing that she is the only one in her family who heard her grandmother's life story. In the years that followed, she engaged in conversations with numerous people whose roots also lie in former Dutch East Indies. Armed with these experiences and her personal insights, she will interview Alfred Birney in her original characteristic, witty, sensitive, yet sharp manner.

    Alfred Birney (1951) is the author of a substantial body of work including novels, novellas, stories, and essays, in which his Dutch-Indonesian family history occupies a central place. His novel ''De tolk van Java'' (The Interpreter of Java) (2016) was awarded the Libris Literature Prize and the Henriette Roland Holst Prize. In 2019, his diary "Niemand bleef" (Nobody stays) was published in the Privé Domein series, for which he was awarded the Littéraire Witte Prize 2020.

    Ellen Deckwitz is a poet, presenter, theater maker, and writes weekly columns in both NRC and De Morgen. In 2021, Ellen Deckwitz won De Johnny, the lifetime achievement award for stage poetry. In 2022, she won the Tollens Prize for her body of work. Together with Joost de Vries and Charlotte Remarque, she hosts the Literature podcast Boeken FM and hosts the daily podcast Poëzie Vandaag. Since January 2024, she has been the Stadsdichter of Amsterdam.

    Dewi de Nijs Bik has previously been published in publications such as Poëziekrant and DW B. She was selected for the Paris residency of deBuren and for the mini-tour Vers van het Mes. Since 2012, she has conducted in-depth interviews for the Indo monthly magazine Moesson.

    "A novel in which, as a reader, you almost feel complicit in the described cruelties due to the sublime style, yet also experience the strength to want to survive." - Libris Literature Prize 2017

    "A merciless novel about the role of colonial Netherlands during the Indonesian struggle for independence in the former Dutch East Indies." - NRC

    "Such a masterpiece. Read this bloody book!" - Adriaan van Dis on DWDD

    "Impressive novel." - AD

    "Seldom have I read a book in which history is written so mercilessly while the need to settle scores with one's parents is so high." - De Standaard

    This Writers Series program is in Dutch.

  • Writers Unlimited 2024 – Saturday Night Unlimited

    Garbage In, Garbage Out: Poetry event

    Is the lyrical voice a chatbot confidently making statements based on an outdated dataset?

    Maarten van der Graaff, who curated Garbage In, Garbage Out, asked these poets to listen carefully to chatbots skimming the Internet to answer our questions. What does the tone of chatbots forging all that information into sentences mean for poetry?

    What is the role of the body in writing, reading and listening to poetry? Who or what do you actually hear when listening to a poem: an intimate voice, or a cacophony? Can the poem be a garbage collector?

    Garbage In, Garbage Out is an event featuring both formerly published poetry as well as work newly written for the occasion by and with Ronelda Kamfer, Simone Atangana Bekono, Astrid Lampe, Dewi de Nijs Bik and (via a previously recorded video presentation) Zheng Xiaoqiong.