‘In 2016, Dutch-language poetry has more guises than ever before. It is familiar, yet simultaneously alienating.’ - jury’s report on the VSB Poetry Prize 2017
The five nominated collections of poems in line for the VSB Poetry Prize - the leading award for Dutch-language poetry collections - were announced last night on VPRO’s ‘Nooit meer slapen’ [Never Sleep Again] radio programme. The collections are ‘Kwaadgesternte’ by Hannah van Binsbergen, ‘Koelkastlicht’ by Rodaan Al Galidi, ‘Lichtmeters’ by Ruth Lasters, ‘Dichter, bokser, koningsdochter’ by Delphine Lecompte and ‘Van groot belang’ by Nachoem M. Wijnberg. The winning collection will be announced and the prize awarded at the Grand Theatre, Groningen, on 26 January 2017 during the opening night of Poetry Week 2017. In the period leading up to this, the poets will present their nominated collections on various Dutch and Flemish stages during ‘VSB Poetry Prize on Tour’.