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Bernke Klein Zandvoort

Bernke Klein Zandvoort - foto Lona Aalders
Bernke Klein Zandvoort - foto Lona Aalders

(Amersfoort, 1987) made her debut in 2013 as a poet with the anthology of poetry Uitzicht is een afstand (A view with a distance) which was immediately nominated for the C. Buddingh Prize and which won her the Liegend Konijn debut prize. The press lauded this book of poetry too. After her Image and Language studies at the Rietveldacademie in Amsterdam Klein Zandvoort moved to London, where she now researches the relationship between language and image. Her poetic debut was preceded by a study about the meaning of words. Like that of many other 'Rietveld poets' her work is amorphous and extremely imaginative. No interpunction or titles. In the first lines 'vlokken schapen' (flakes of sheep) pass by, someone walks on a wishywashy road and later she writes sentences like: 'calmness having wrung itself around my throat.' Bernke Klein Zandvoort also makes videos, writes essays, recites from her work and has been a regular guest with VPRO Radio.

(WU 2014 GR)

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  • Winternachten 2014 – FRIDAY NIGHT UNLIMITED

    Friday Night Wintercafé: Who's Afraid of Youth

    The Wintercafé is the meeting point of the festival, where writers and audience come together and are welcomed by MC Francis Broekhuijsen. In this first hour pupils of the Johan de Witt College present their poems, the result of a series of workshops at their school. They perform together with poet Bernke Klein Zandvoort. Meanwhile in the Wintercafé: snacks and drinks and the Paagman bookstall sell their books.