RIXT poet Syds Wiersma travels through Ireland for four months

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Syds Wiersma was travelling through Ireland last summer for two months. He was working there on a new poetry collection. This travel and work are subsidised by the Dutch Fund for Literature. In April-May 2020 Wiersma will do the second part of his travel, through Northern Ireland.

One of Wiersma’s stays last summer was in Galway, which will be one of the two cultural capitals of Europe next year. 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.

Since he intends to write about meeting people, places, spaces, and time, Wiersma has chosen altenative ways of travelling: hitchhiking, walking, cycling, and if necessary public transport. About his experiences he is writing a series of travel stories for the Frisian literary magazine Ensafh.

You can find the links to the first two stories here:

Thoor Ballylee
Letterfrack
Brandon Creek

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