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.

Poetry video premiere Poet of Fryslân – ‘How many words’


The fifth of a series of poetry videos by Nyk de Vries as Poet of Fryslân premiered yesterday on Omrop Fryslân TV. This fifth poetry film is a film adaptation of the poem ‘Spring’. In the project with filmmaker Herman Zeilstra, seven poems by the Poet of Fryslân will be filmed. During this year, several […]

Poet of Fryslân performs at Poetry International Rotterdam


Exclusively for Poetry International, Nyk de Vries, together with the Rotterdam Artvark Saxophone Quartet, created the poetic music performance “TAGELYK”.