Jules Deelder [The Netherlands, 1944]
As a poet who is inextricably bound up with the city of Rotterdam, Jules Deelder took part in the Poetry International Festival no fewer than ten times between 1970 and 2000. In 2014, his life and poetry career were the subject of a special evening programme at the festival full of expected, and unexpected, guests. The enfant terrible of the Dutch poetry world has been managing to captivate his audience for decades with his quirky mix of urban humour and irony, but above all with the authenticity of his performances. The poet, and his work, comes from a place that has little time for pretentiousness and grandstanding. His poetry pulls no punches – bold and to-the-point, yet always deeply sensitive to human hope and human failure, it takes an unflinching look at life and all its imperfections.
READING: Friday 14 June, 20:10 hrs - Jurriaanse Zaal