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Marylin Simons

Marylin Simons tijdens Winternachten 2003 - foto Serge Ligtenberg
Marylin Simons tijdens Winternachten 2003 - foto Serge Ligtenberg

(1959, Surinam) left for the Netherlands to educate and develop herself. There she attended secondary school and followed that with higher vocational education. In 1982 Simons returned to Surinam. Here she began to write for the magazine De Tweede Ronde (The second round), the newspaper De Ware Tijd (The real time) and various other papers. In her story In naam van God en Obia (In name of God and Obia) Simons sketches in a beautiful, clear manner, a family drama. She received for this book in 2002 the Kwakoe Literature prize. This prize is actually connected to the similarely named multi-cultural Kwakoe festival in the Netherlands. She made her debut in December 2003 with the collection of stories Carrousel (Roundabout), published by the Surinamese publishers Okopipi. Marylin writes about ordinairy people of Surinam. People that she comes across on the street, in bus 9, along Paramaribo's Waterside, on the plantation and in the waiting rooms of hospitals. 'It's the ordinairy people', says Marylin, 'that provide the ingredients for an unusual story'.
WIN 2004

(WIN 2004)

Archive available for: Marylin Simons

  • Suriname 2004

    The final evening

    With: Albert Mungroo, Andy Fernandes, Annemarie Sanches, EKM Dido, Gibi Bacilio, Harvey Fräser, Jeffrey Quartier, Jit Narain, Marlène Oudsten, Marylin Simons, Mavis Noordwijk Koor, Mireille Pinas, Norine Blinker, Ronald Giphart, Roué Hupsel, Sitok Srengenge, Sombra, Terry

    A festive finale of this first edition of the International Literary festival Surinam. Consisting of prose, poetry and music. Performances from the foreign guests and many Surinam authors: including well known names and promising debutants. Such as Sombra, Ronald Giphart (The Netherlands), Gibi Bacilio (Curaçao), EKM Dido (South Africa), Sitok Srengenge (Indonesia), Norine Blinker, Norma Bouterse, Andy Fernandes, Harvey Fräser, Roway James, Marlène Oudsten, Mireille Pinas, Terry and Jeffrey Quartier. Also performances by the Mavis Noordwijk choir (a combination of the Kokriki choir and the ADEK choir) and a closing song by Albert Mungroo. Presented by Annemarie Sanches.

  • Winternachten 2003 – Winternacht 2

    A Surinamese View on Holland

    Three Surinamese women have their own view on our country. Two of them live in Holland: dramatist Thea Doelwijt and journalist and writer Mala Kishoendajal. She recently published the novel Boegbeeld on the politician Tara Singh Varma, who simulated terminal illnesss. The new Surinamese writing talent Marylin Simons comes over from Suriname for Winternachten. She won the Kwakoe literature prize for the best debut of the year. Michiel van Kempen, expert on Surinamese literature, leads the discussion.

  • Tournee NL 2003

    Winternachten Bijlmer

    With: Christine Otten, Cynthia Mc Leod, Gibi Bacilio, Marylin Simons, Nicole Terborg

    No better poet and performer than Gibi Bacilio from Curaçao. He performs together with the Surinamese writer Marylin Simons, winner of the Kwakoe literature prize, Cynthia McLeod from Suriname and the Dutch novelist and rapping poet Christine Otten. Moderated by Nicole Terborg. Dutch spoken. An evening organised in co-operation with Krater Theater Bijlmer (

    Tickets: 020 6952911

  • Tournee NL 2003

    Winternachten Rotterdam

    With: Gibi Bacilio, Kader Abdolah, Marylin Simons, Michiel van Kempen

    Why did the Antillian poet Gibi Bacilio and the Surinamese writer Marylin Simons return to their home countries after a long stay in The Netherlands? What made the Iranian fugutive writer Kader Abdolah choose for Holland? Dutch spoken.

    Tickets: 010 425 50 50.