"how quiet the church is here in the middle/ of the city, as though the road to God/ weren’t full of people in cars/ sounding their horns, one after the other."


Lieke Marsman [The Netherlands, 1990]

Lieke Marsman debuted at the age of 20 with Wat ik mijzelf graag voorhoud (‘What I Like to Impress on Myself’), which a year later earned her the C. Buddingh’ Prize and the Lucy B. and C.W. van der Hoogt Prize. Her second book of poetry, De eerste letter (‘The First Letter’), in which the theme of existential angst plays a prominent role, came out in 2014. Her first novel, Het tegenovergestelde van een mens (‘The Opposite of a Human Being’), published in 2017, combines prose, essay and poetry and discusses one of the most important and topical issues of the moment: climate change. Her recently published collection De volgende scan duurt vijf minuten (‘The Following Scan Will Last Five Minutes’) was written after she was diagnosed with cancer and deals with illness and healthcare as well as the state of contemporary Dutch politics.

READING: Friday 14 June, 18:40 hrs - Jurriaanse Zaal


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


Nederlands Letterenfonds
Gemeente Rotterdam
Droom en Daad
Lira Fonds
Stichting Dioraphte
Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds