Ulrike Almut Sandig [Germany, 1979]
Ulrike Almut Sandig writes poetry, prose and radio plays. She started as a kind of guerrilla poet, pasting her poems on the lampposts and walls of her hometown of Leipzig. In 2007 she published her first collection, Zunder (‘Tinder’). Her work has inspired numerous poetry films, and she also uses film in her own work. Her poems are musical and highly rhythmic, in a language that combines sober seriousness with humour, irony and nostalgia. Exploring urban realities, they are interwoven with references to nightmares, the Bible, fairy tales and nursery rhymes. Ulrike Almut Sandig enjoys working with composers and musicians, and does so frequently. The rhythmic musicality of her work perfectly lends itself to these kinds of collaborations. Her performance at the festival is to be no exception: the Ukrainian poet and musician Grigory Semenchuk, with whom she forms the poetry band Landschaft, will be joining her on the stage.
READING: Friday 14 June, 18:20 hrs - Jurriaanse Zaal