#cocreatePOETICA is a unique collaboration between #cocreateSA, an initiative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and Open Book Festival. The purpose of the collaboration is to provide a platform for poetry, spoken word and rap to explore the shared culture and history between the Netherlands and South Africa and its implications for the present and future in a way that voices the young generation.

Within this platform there is an interaction and exchange of ideas and between Dutch and South African poets resulting in new mutual understandings. These understandings are translated into poetry reaching both South African and Dutch publics.

Radna Fabias

Radna Fabias was born and raised in Curaçao. She is a graduate of HKU University of the Arts Utrecht. In 2018 she debuted as a poet with the poetry collection Habitus which was awarded the C. Buddingh’-prize, the Awater Poetry prize and the Herman de Coninck prize. Most recently the collection won the Netherlands’ Grand Poetry Prize (2019). She was hailed as the Dutch literary talent of 2019 by De Volkskrant. Fabias’ poetry has been translated into English, French and Spanish.

Simone Atangana Bekono

Simone Atangana Bekono graduated from Creative Writing ArtEZ University of the Arts in 2016 with a collection of poems and letters called hoe de eerste vonken zichtbaar waren (how the first sparks were visible). hoe de eerste vonken zichtbaar waren has since been republished by Wintertuin Uitgeverij in collaboration with Lebowski Publishers and has been awarded with the Poëziedebuutprijs Aan Zee. Simone is currently working on a novel that will be published by Lebowski Publishers.

Photo Courtesy of Masha Bakker

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