Large number of applications for Poet of Fryslân


As many as 36 poets have applied for the job of Poet of Fryslân. Until September 10, candidates could enroll for Poet of Fryslân by sending a Friesian poem and sending a brief motivation.

From today the public can also hear his voice. The jury, Tamara Schoppert, Obe Alkema and Peter van Lier, has made a pre-selection of three candidates from all submissions. On the website of Poet of Fryslân:, everyone can vote on his or her favorite poem of one of three candidates.

Then the jury, with respect to the public votes, decides which of the three candidates is proposed as the first Poet of Fryslân. On Friday, November 24th, Deputy Sietske Poepjes, in Herman Gorterkerk in Balk will announce who wille be the first Poet of Fryslân.

The project ‘Poet of Fryslân’ is an initiative of the province of Fryslân and is carried out by the Afûk. With the appointment of the Poet of Fryslân, the province wants to ask more attention to the art of poetry in a wider audience.

Ryzji yn it Frysk – Presintaasje 24 maaie – galery melklokaal


Ein maaie ferskynt ‘Ryzji yn it Frysk’, in mei de hân ynbûne, twatalige [Nederlânsk-Frysk] bibliofile útjefte, mei gedichten fan de Russyske dichter Boris Ryzji (1974-2001), oerset troch Eeltsje Hettinga en Elske Schotanus.

New poem Poet of Frylân: ‘Skip fûgel lân’.


Above the Wadden Islands is one of the busiest shipping routes in Europe. Things went wrong at the beginning of January when the Panamanian cargo ship MSC Zoë lost 345 containers with hazardous substances and plastic material. An ecological disaster. With gas and salt extraction, yet another attack on the Wadden Sea Region, which has been “Unesco World Heritage” since 2009.