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Ruth Lasters

Ruth Lasters
Ruth Lasters

(1979) was born in Antwerp, studied Roman philology in Brussels. Her literary debut, the novel Poolijs (Polar Ice), was awarded with the Flemish Debut Prize in 2007. She published her second novel Feestelijk zweet (Festive sweat) in 2010 followed by her third novel Vlaggenbrief (Flag Letter) in 2014. Her poetry debut Vouwplannen (Folding Plans) was awarded with the Debut Prize Het Liegend Konijn (The Lying Rabbit, 2009). In 2015, she published her second poetry collection Lichtmeters (Light Meters) for which she received the Herman De Coninck Prize and a nomination for the VSB Poetry Award. Next to writing prose and poetry, she likes writing columns and, now and then, an opinion piece for Belgian newspaper De Standaard. She also works as equal opportunities coordinator and teacher at a secondary school in Borgerhout.

(WU 2017)

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  • Winternachten 2017 – Friday Night Unlimited

    The Secret Space - Poetry

    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