The vitality of contemporary Dutch poetry is nowhere better experienced than through the work of
Simone Atangana Bekono, Radna Fabias and Anne Vegter. Simone Atangana Bekono’s poems
explore myth, history, identity and womanhood through a fascinating collage of voices and imagery
in her debut chapbook How the first sparks became visible (tr. David Colmer). Radna Fabias
combines montage-like depictions of life on Curaçao, (an island in the Caribbean Sea and a country
within the Kingdom of the Netherlands), with a young woman’s perspective in her award-winning
debut Habitus (tr. David Colmer). Anne Vegter, named the first female poet laureate of the
Netherlands in 2013, is a formally inventive writer, in poems that are playful, humorous and erotic.
Her collection Island mountain glacier is translated by Astrid Alben. They will read from their work
and then in conversation with Martin Colthorpe, Programmer of New Dutch Writing.
Part of New Dutch Writing, supported by the Dutch Foundation for Literature.
In person event as part of Ledbury Poetry Festival, also to be livestreamed on Zoom.