"The slowness of your pace might have been distressing"

Poet

Sayaka Osaki [Japan, 1982]

Sayaka Osaki, one of the rising stars of the Japanese poetry world, describes herself as a “noisy animal” that “walks about, speaking endlessly”, constantly reflecting on the ideas and things, both large and small, that fill her world. But there’s nothing noisy about Osaki’s poems. On the contrary – the world of her poetry seems to be above all one of silence, an eerie quiet that is at once soothing and disturbing. She writes in a simple, everyday language that gives expression to the everyday reality around her and the way that people are constantly and drastically changing that reality. She observes and describes, leaving as much open as possible, letting the evocative language speak for itself.

READING: Friday 14 June, 19:30 hrs - Jurriaanse Zaal

Buy Tickets

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

OPENING NIGHT

THURSDAY 13 JUNE

Join the golden anniversary’s kick off celebrations!

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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

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

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SUNDAY 16 JUNE

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

PASSE-PARTOUT

13, 14, 15 AND 16 JUNE

Access to all festival events (with the exception of workshops)

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

Sponsors

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