Simone Atangana Bekono

Simone Atangana Bekono

Simone Atangana Bekono studied Creative Writing at the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem, the Netherlands. In 2017 her poetry collection How the First Sparks Became Visible came out and was awarded the Poëziedebuutprijs Aan Zee for best first collection in 2018. The collection was published in the UK by Emma Press in January 2021. In September 2020 her first novel Confrontations was published in the Netherlands by Uitgeverij Lebowski to much acclaim. The novel was shortlisted for several literary awards, including the prestigious Libris Literatuurprijs (the Dutch Booker).  The major Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant listed her as one of the three literary talents twice,  for the year 2020 and 2021. Simone is currently working on a new novel and collection of poetry.