RAAK! six sharp-witted, pugnacious authors in a boxing ring


Podium Literature and lectures

featuring Frederik Willem Daem, Bregje Hofstede, Gaea Schoeters, Roderik Six, Lara Taveirne & & Jeroen Theunissen + Battle of the Magazines

Thursday 15 October 2015
Ouverture des portes : 19:00
Price : €5 /€7
Location : BOZAR - Rotonde Bertouille Plan

Slap – bang – wallop! This year’s boxing match won’t be fought with flying fists and a pair of boxing gloves, but with hard-hitting words and snappy formulations.

Festival curator/author Saskia De Coster has invited six promising authors to put each other through the proverbial wringer as part of an unprecedented war of words in an actual boxing arena.

There will be three rounds in which two authors will be presented with a statement, which they are expected to fight tooth and nail to defend in no more than 400 words. The referee in charge is set to oversee proceedings as he or she adds fuel to the fire by catapulting additional questions into the ring. One of the pair answers, the other author responds.

Who will come out the least scathed? The audience decides!



Doors: 19:00

Start: 20:00


Care to witness this unique battle? Book a seat using the online registration form.



Round 1: Roderik Six versus Bregje Hofstede




Topic: ‘Imagination’ versus ‘Efficiency’

Roderik Six: a writer ‘with firmly descended balls’ (according to Humo). One of the heavyweights as the author of the novel, Vloed (Bronzen Uil, 2012), a reviewer at Focus Knack and a former jury member of the Gouden Boekenuil.


At the tender age of 26, Bregje Hofstede’s debut, De hemel boven Parijs (2014), was nominated for the Libris Literature Prize and the Gouden Boekenuil Award. Alongside being a writer, she lectures in history of art at Radboud University.


Round 2: Frederik Willem Daem versus Lara Taveirne



Topic: ‘City’ versus ‘Countryside’

Frederik Willem Daem takes a size 8 shoe and worryingly had trouble with his knees from a young age. Not one to be beaten by mere knee aches, he set up art magazine, Oogst, along with Jozefien Van Beek. Made his debut in September 2015 with a collection of short stories published by De Bezige Bij.


Lara Taveirne’s debut novel, De kinderen van Calais, was nominated for a Bronzen Uil Award in 2014. As a director and author, her work is filled with love but equal measures of sadness and a ‘cruel beauty’. Moreover, she firmly believes you can dance on unstable heels.


Round 3: Gaea Schoeters versus JEROEN THEUNISSEN.



Topic: ‘Massa’ versus ‘Elite’

Gaea Schoeters came into this world, left fist first, on the hottest day in years, debuted with a series of short stories and wrote the travel book, Meisjes, Moslims & Motoren, and the novel, Diggers. Expect an uppercut of razor sharp raillery from this author, journalist and script writer.


Jeroen Theunissen lives with his girlfriend and their young son in a forest in the Flemish Ardennes. The literary work of Theunissen is a bit unruly, but often hailed. The fifth novel of this dauntless writer, Onschuld, was published in the fall of 2014 and tells the story of a war photographer who returns from Syria.

Dutch spoken.


Warm-up: Battle of the Magazines


Charlie magazine, DW B or Boeken Magazine?

Which magazine will be taking home the honorary ‘Best Magazine in the Low Countries’ title?


 Coproduction: Passa Porta  




This event is part of the imaginative city festival BANG! Curated by Saskia De Coster. Due to the construction work currently being undertaken, KultuurKaffee has opted for a nomadic existence and, together with a guest curator, assembles twice a year a multidisciplinary programme of events at various locations dotted around the city of Brussels. Autumn 2015 sees author Saskia De Coster welcoming her festival guests at Bozar.


An initiative by KultuurKaffee in association with Andermansland