"darling there’s no shame/ in love starting feet-first/ love is a hanging bat/ sleeping up-side-down"

Poet

James Noël [Haïti, 1978]

James Noël is regarded as the rock star of Haitian poetry. Even before his first collection was published, he had achieved widespread acclaim with the poem “Bon nouvèl / La Bonne Nouvelle” which was set to music by singer Wooly Saint Louis Jean and became a hit in Haiti. Noël writes in both French and Creole in order to – as he puts it – “empty his body of all words” and “become lighter than paper”. His poetry crackles with a fierce, passionate energy – his love of life and his fighting spirit suffuse all of his work. Noël’s poems are full of social criticism, but they always leave room for lyricism and celebration of the beauty of language.

Many thanks to the Embassy of the Republlc Haiti in the Netherlands for their support.

READING: Sunday 16 June, 15:40 hrs - Jurriaanse Zaal

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Pick your favorite festival day – or days – or purchase a passe-partout so you can visit the entire festival. 

OPENING NIGHT

THURSDAY 13 JUNE

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FRIDAY 14 JUNE

Access to all readings and events on Friday 14 June (with the exception of workshops)

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SATURDAY 15 JUNE

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SUNDAY 16 JUNE

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PASSE-PARTOUT

13, 14, 15 AND 16 JUNE

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Location

The 50th Poetry International Festival will kick-off on 13 June in the Main Auditorium of de Doelen. On 14, 15 and 16 June most events will take place in or around the Jurriaanse zaal. De Doelen is situated within walking distance of Rotterdam Central Station

Entrance Main Auditorium – Schouwburgplein 50, Rotterdam
Entrance Jurriaanse zaal – Kruisplein 30, Rotterdam

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