For the Little Roaches we don’t necessarily have to stick to known text forms. A short story can easily be combined with a poetic text. And in a booklet full of recipes you can find a poem. Over the past year, Gerda Blees and her brand new husband Robert Schuit (also known as writer Joubert Pignon) received much praise. As visual artst/cartoonist and writer/poets the got carte blanche to give a very own twist to two booklets for parents-to-be. This booklet focuses on the viewing point of a mother to be. This resulted in two unique books that can be read together or separately. Gerda Blees (b. 1985) made her debut in 2017 with the short-story collection Aan doodgaan dachten we niet (We Didn’t Think About Dying). Her first volume of poetry, Dwaallichten (Wandering Lights), appeared the following year. We Are Light is her first novel and received unanimous rave reviews from the Dutch press. It was awarded the European Union Prize for Literature 2021. Blees lives in a commune in Haarlem and is studying Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. Her work is translated in German, English and Italian. More info on the site of the Dutch Literary Fund (www.letterenfonds.nl) Little cockroaches is a new collection by Loopvis that will start in June 2019. Loopvis plans on a grand entrance in the Netherlands and Belgium bookshops where they will roll a complete card mill, filled with 32 little Cockroaches. Each booklet comes with a matching envelope. Themed Little cockroaches will become small collectibles. As for Themes, think of a story to comfort someone who has a hard time, something about birthdays, being sick or sad, about the death of a relative or pet, about moving, about friends (or the lack of, about getting used to a new school or sister, or about a safari in your own back yard... the list is endless. Categories: There will be 4 categories: fiction, poetry, young and culinary. The aforementioned topics can be found in all these categories. A collection of poems about death in the poetry category, a story about friendship in Young, consoling recipes in a culinary booklet and celebrating a literary treatise on birthday in Literature. Illustrations The most important thing of course is the content. Each booklet is illustrated in 2, 3 or 4 colors, in comics style, or line drawing, or 4 color illustrations. All styles and art are welcome! Frequency: after the first batch of 32 little cockroaches, every two months four to eight new titles come out, divided over the different categories. In addition, a series of 'special editions' will appear at various times during the year. A series of cockroaches around a certain (current) theme such as sports, public holidays and so on. Specifications The booklets are 12x17 cm and count 16 pages with a cover of thicker paper. They are bound with a bindrsstitch, which makes them considerably more elegant than stapled booklets. Everything is produced within the Netherlands. The printing is done by a sustainable printer in Groningen and all paper comes from Europe. The name: even should the earth be devastated, cockroaches will survive. The same applies to us, makers of texts and illustrations: however difficult and how minimal the earnings are, people will always keep writing, drawing, dancing, etc. We hope that our Little cockroaches will spread all over the world, just like a plague. And finally: the name lingers. Whether you are horrified by cockroaches or not, it is something that you won’t immediately forget!