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Cork Spring Literary Festival 2011THE CORK SPRING





Tomas Lieske to read at the Cork Spring Literary Festival 2011

Photo © Allard De Witte



Reading with James Harpur & William Wall, Wednesday 16 February, 9pm


Tomas Lieske (b. 1943) debuted at the age of 38 with poetry published in the literary journals Tirade and De Revisor. In 1992 his first prose work, Oorlogstuinen (War Gardens), gained him the Geert-Jan Lubberhuizen Prize. In 1996 his novel Nachtkwartier (Night Quarters) was nominated for the Libris Literature Prize, an award he finally received for his novel Franklin (2001). Magic, myth, and chance play a central role in Lieske’s universe. With the successful novel Gran Café Boulevard (2003) he was able to find a prosaic, tempting, and accessible form for expressing the ineffable. In the historical novella Mijn soevereine liefde (My Sovereign Love, 2005), Lieske hones his baroque narrative style sharper than ever. His collection of poetry Hoe je geliefde te herkennen (How to Recognize Your Lover, 2006) won him the VSB Poetry Award. Visit Tomas Lieske's page at Poetry International Web.

“His core business is style, and magic, myth and the indescribable have always played a principal role in this. At the same time, his poems tend towards prose, at least visually: they are often expansive and long-lined, with something of the symphonic about them.”
-Rob Schouten

(Extracts of Lieske's work available on page 9 of festival brochure.)


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