Syds Wiersma was travelling through Ireland last summer for two months, working there on a new poetry collection. His travel and work was subsidised by the Dutch Fund for Literature. In April-May 2020 Wiersma intended to do the second part of his travel, through Northern Ireland. Unfortunately this was postponed by the corona crisis.
One of Wiersma’s stays last summer was in Galway, which is one of the two cultural capitals of Europe in 2020. Besides writing poetry, he connected there with a few Irish poets and invited them to exchanges and collaborations with Frisian poets. Wiersma submitted this exchange project to the programmers of the Leeuwarden/Fryslân City of Literature project. Here again corona was a spoiler.
Since Wiersma intends to write about meeting people, places, spaces, and time, he chose alternative ways of travelling: hitchhiking, walking, cycling, and if necessary public transport. About his experiences he wrote a few travel stories for the Frisian literary magazine Ensafh.
You can find the links to the five stories here: