(Antwerp, 1972) is an actress and script writer. She changed her name into Neske Beks (previously: Vanessa Beks) since coming to Amsterdam in the 1990s to go to drama school. After long years of experience in the theatre as an actress, coach and writer, Beks decided in 2007 to opt for film. Her script Godenzoon (Son of God), was adapted for film by Wolke Klupell, and had its premiere in September. It is an absurdistic, comical and simultaneously sad story of a problematic family having to raise a child thrown into its lap which matures seven years at a time. In addition, Beks is doing research for her first documentary Putting the Likes of Us First) which she is going to make in cooperation with Tessa Boerman and Jos de Putter. In 2002 Beks won Hollands Nieuwe Toneelschrijfprijs with her one-act play Wrang (Sour).
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'Listen, drink a glass and feel how warm a winternight can be in the Wintercafé'. And it sure got very warm at the Wintercafé! With readings, short interviews and music by born improviser Behsat Üvez. On Saturday night hosts were Neske Beks and Wim Brands. The Wintercafé was graced with the internationally acclaimed singer and multi-instrumentalist Behsat Üvez.
The café opened with a brandnew story by writer Arthur Japin. Sympathize with the Ghanaian boy Kwaku, who yearns for the real life somewhere away from his own shabby neighbourhood. The programme was realized in cooperation with cultural institute DeBuren from Brussels, whom recorded Japins story as a 'radiobook' and broadcasts it worldwide. In Dutch.
In The Folds of Language Selim Temo (Kurdish), Kamran Nazirli (Azerbaijani) and Gündüz Vassaf (Turkey) read and talked about their daily struggle not to have their language kidnapped by politics or taboo. Turkish/Dutch/English.
As on Friday night, pupils from local secondary schools showed their poetic disposition and were reading their work on the topic of revelations. Poet Hélène Gelèns also read from her work.
A 'pre-read' at Winternachten round writer Tip Marugg (1923-2006). Journalist Petra Possel read from No-one Is an Island, in which she defies the myth of Marugg as a hermit. Poet Carel de Haseth read newly discovered poems, included in the collected works Heaven is Short-lived. The book and the collected works (edited by Aart Broek and Wim Rutgers) was published on 29 January.