Leonard Nolens (Fl), Elvis Peeters (FL), Rozalie Hirs (Nl), Rodaan al Galidi (NL/Irak), Anneke Brassinga (Nl) presented by Dirk Hülstrunk. Our special guest is the Flemish singer-songwriter Tijs Delbeke
Polyphony from a tight space: Dutch-language poetry. Resonant, lyrical, musical, playful, terse, absurd, multimedia, multiculture, rural, urban, biographic, universal, personal and political, classical and experimental. Five award-winning writers from Flanders and the Netherlands illustrate the great diversity in this tiny geographic area. Leonard Nolens has long been tipped for a Nobel Prize in Literature. Translater and poet Anneke Brassinga reflects existential experience in magical language. Iraqi refugee Rodaan al Galidi ranks as a leading voice in a new multicultural society. Rozalie Hirs is both a poet and a recognised composer who often works across media and borders. Erwin Mortier, poet, successful novelist, art critic and journalist, was the first Flemish winner of the coveted Dutch AKO prize for literature. Local writer and sound poet Dirk Hülstrunk will interview these Dutch-language writers and read the German translations. Huelstrunk, from Frankfurt/Main, is renowned internationally as a sound poet, spoken word poet, authors, lecturer, presenter and curator of art and literary events. The Flemish singer-songwriter and rock musician Tijs Delbeke will provide musical accompaniment.