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Nyk de Vries




Reading Saturday 18th September 10pm

(Please note that the above is the correct event information. Page 15 of festival brochure is incorrect. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.)


Nyk de Vries is a writer and musician. He was born in Noardburgum in Friesland. At present he lives and works in Amsterdam. Since 2000, he has written two novels, Rozijnkonijn and Prospero, and a collection of ultra-short, absurdist prose poems, Motorman & 39 andere prozagedichten. All of his fiction has been published in both Frisian and Dutch. In the course of his creative work, De Vries unintentionally happened upon the prose poem. He considers the texts to be byproducts of his own stream of thoughts about apparently unimportant or trivial matters. His poems are short, strange and melancholic, and he strives for compactness, combined with a surprising twist. De Vries’ regular performances of his prose poems are characterised by a forceful style of delivery. Usually supported by music, he has appeared on a variety of stages, from literary and theatrical festivals like Wintertuin, Dichters in de Prinsentuin, Oerol and Noorderzon to noisier places such as Escape nightclub and the pop circuit. As a musician he plays with Meindert Talma. In Spain he belongs to the Planeta Pato, a group originating from Madrid, in which he performs his prose-poems in Spanish.


Click here to visit Nyk de Vries at Poetry International Web.

(Extracts of Nyk de Vries's work available in festival brochure.)


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