Hannah van Binsbergen
(1993) debuted in 2016 with the poetry collection Kwaad gesternte (Born Under a Bad Sign), which immediately led to a nomination for the 2017 VSB Poetry Prize. Van Binsbergen, who studied philosophy at the University of Amsterdam, investigates in her book how one can lead a meaningful life in a world dominated by market forces and strife. The dream of progress stands in sharp contrast to the individual who does not feel at home in a world he cannot grasp. She writes about the exhaustion of the earth, about unaffordable medicines. Despite her sad view of humanity, there is hope - the hope carried in words which, she believes, can make the difference. Words of poets who engage and participate fully in society.(2017)
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Within De verborgen ruimte (The Secret Space), the map is newly read and drawn by nine poets. Which sounds and tones belong in it, what has not yet been said, and what is continually misunderstood? Who is on the sidelines or smack in the centre? The Secret Space could be in suburbia, in a body, in a factory farm, or in an addictions clinic. This has consequences - whoever peeks into the secret space loses a number of his or her certainties. When the map is redrawn, no one finds their way home.
The "VSB Poetry Prize on Tour" forms part of The Secret Space - among the performing poets are the authors of three volumes nominated for the VSB Poetry Prize: Kwaadgesternte (Born Under a Bad Sign) by Hannah van Binsbergen, Lichtmeters by Ruth Lasters and Koelkastlicht (Refrigerator Light) by Rodaan Al Galidi. In addition, Marieke Rijneveld, Dominique de Groen, Mira Feticu, Obe Alkema, Simone Atangana Bekono and Ton van 't Hof will read from their work. The Secret Space is organized and presented by the poet Maarten van der Graaff, winner of the C.Buddingh' Award 2014 for his debut collection Vluchtautogedichten (Getaway Car Poems). Programme in Dutch