Dichter fan Fryslân

Poet of Fryslân

Eeltsje Hettinga

The clatter of the dyke

She hears the clatter of the dyke,
sea-bound horse’s small blue eye,

trotting on the brick road, dream-drunk,
horseshoes striking sparks in twilight.

Giddyup, girl, giddyup, calls the wind
and give voice to the inland ocean

of your heart, become the snorting of
the waves, the current off the coast

and all the water’s stories, deep
as the sainted silence of the things.


Translation: David Colmer


Poet of Fryslân

The Poet of Fryslân writes six to ten poems a year, and knows how to reach and tie to an audience with his poetry. The poems are highly preferred in the Frisian language or in a Frisian regional language.

The Poet of Fryslân acts as a poetic ambassador and takes care of Fryslân’s poetic representation in a modern and inviting manner. Inside and outside the province. Preferably inspired by actual events or special moments that occur in our province. The Poet of Fryslân knows, in a contemporary and accessible way, how to present current and social themes in poetry.

The Poet of Fryslân is expected to perform a number of times a year on yet to be determined occasions.

Eeltsje Hettinga

Eeltsje Hettinga has been elected the first ever Poet of Fryslân. The appointment is for two years. Deputy Sietske Poepjes will appoint the Poet of Fryslân on November 24, 2017 in the Herman Gorterkerk in Balk.

As the Poet of Fryslân, Hettinga acts as a poetic ambassador over the next two years. He writes six to ten poems a year, most inspired by striking and current events in the province. The Poet of Fryslân receives a fixed fee of € 2,500, – per year and € 250, – for each poem.