Waailân: poets on the island

From the 11th until the 13th of September, poets pack RIXT organizes their first writers’ weekend at the folk high school, Folkshegeskoalle Skylgeralân, on the island of Skylge/Terschelling. That weekend, poets of RIXT and from the island will meet for an exchange and will work together  on new poems which they will bring on stage with a final performance.

The weekend is the result of the RIXT poets’ wish to connect, to dive into poetry en to write poetry together and read on stage.

Not too long ago, the poets pack also wrote poetry together, with the well received Rigel fan Rink. A week long,  RIXT poets worked together on the relay poem, ‘De bui’. Similar to this, nine poets of RIXT and six poets from the island will create poetry together. They will do so with inspiration from each other and from the surroundings. Edwin de Groot, chair of the poets pack, will moderate the weekend.

The results of Waailân will be read on stage in the collective performance on Saturday, September 12th. This performance will take place at the Folkshegeskoalle at 20:30 o’clock. Entry is free, but there is a limited number of seats due to the safety measures.

Afterwards, the poems and a video of the performance will be published on the website of RIXT, www.rixt.frl to make the poetry of Waailân available to all.

picture: Geart Tigchelaar

The writers’ weekend Waailân: dichters op it eilân is supported by the Province of Fryslân, Tresoar and the Folkshegeskoalle Skylgeralân.

What:  Waailân: dichters op it Eilân
When: Saturday, September 12th, 20:30 o’clock
  Folkshegeskoalle Schylgeralân
Badwei Hoarne 11
8896 KC Hoarne Skylge

Want to attend the performance? Reserve at pr@rixt.frl

Poetry course for and with RIXT poets

This autumn, several writing courses will commence at Tresoar and we are very happy that among them is the first poetry course organized by Poet Pack RIXT!

The poetry course is set up due to the demand and wished at the Poet Pack RIXT and will reflect the diversity of poetry.  For this reason, not one course person will lead the course, but five. These are Kate Schlingemann, Edwin de Groot, Dien L. de Boer, Geart Tigchelaar and Tryntsje van der Veer.

These five skilful RIXT poets will discuss several topics, such as poetic elements, metaphors, clichés, visual poetry and presentation.

The course will be held in collaboration with Tresoar from the end of September until the end of November.  Due to the Covid-19 precautions  there has been set a maximum number of participants, and for this reason, the available places are completely taken by RIXT-poets.

Former course, FeRsefariaasje, at Tresoar. Picture: Tresoar

There will be other courses at Tresoar as well during the autumn 2020.

Rigel fan Rink – the week illustrated

The relay poem ‘De bui’ is completed!  During the week at the Skriuwersarke of late Rink van der Velde at De Feanhoop, RIXT poets have worked together in pairs on the shared poem, which started with the line of Rink,  ‘Rigel fan Rink’:

‘De mar nimt de bui net’

‘The lake doesn’t take the storm’

An English translation will be published on this site in due time.

The poets who worked on the poem are:

Cornelis van der Wal

Janneke Spoelstra and Rein de Lange

Kate Schlingemann and Edwin de Groot

Anne Heegstra and Simen de Jong

Carla van der Zwaag and Tialda Hoogeveen

Ypie Bakker and Tsjisse Hettema

Syds Wiersma and Dirk Geerdink

Yva Hokwerda and Jan Kooistra

We want to thank all poets for their enthusiasm, collaboration and creativity! It has been a lovely week on the Ark with an excellent and poetic result! 


During the week, Geart Tigchelaar was host and photographer.
All pictures below are taken by him.

Rein de Lange and Janneke Spoelstra
Janneke Spoelstra
Janneke Spoelstra and Rein de Lange

Edwin de Groot and Kate Schlingemann
Kate Schlingemann
Edwin de Groot with Ype

Anne Heegstra and Simen de Jong
Simen de Jong and Anne Heegstra

Tialda Hoogeveen and Carla van der Zwaag
Carla van der Zwaag
Tialda Hoogeveen

Ypie Bakker and Tsjisse Hettema
Tsjisse Hettema and Ypie Bakker

Syds Wiersma and Dirk Geerdink
Syds Wiersma and Dirk Geerdink
Dirk Geerdink and Syds Wiersma

Jan Kooistra and Yva Hokwerda
Jan Kooistra

The enjoyable final evening at pub Marktzicht
The enjoyable final evening at pub Marktzicht
The enjoyable final evening at pub Marktzicht
The enjoyable final evening at pub Marktzicht
The enjoyable final evening at pub Marktzicht
The enjoyable final evening at pub Marktzicht
The enjoyable final evening at pub Marktzicht

To make the ‘Rigel fan Rink’ possible, we want to thank:

Stifting FLMD and  it Fryske Gea to make the Ark available and ready for RIXT;

Omrop Fryslân for the daily telephone with the poets;

Poiesz Boarnburgum for the provision of food and drinks;

Pub Marktzicht, Ronald, for the warm welcome and enjoyable final evening in Drachten.

Pictures cannot be used without permission of the photographer
Geart Tigchelaar.