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Spot on Young Poets - poems by teenagers in lockdown

Stian Olesen - Spot on Young Poets | Winternachten slowfestival
Stian Olesen - Spot on Young Poets | Winternachten slowfestival

Writers Unlimited has asked eight young people to write a poem about the theme of the 26th Winternachten Festival: "It's up to us". All previously participated in the Spot on Young Poets program for high school students in The Hague and reached the final of the Jonge Campert prize. Watch their video poems now in the Slow Winternachten festival.

Spot on Young Poets is the education project of Writers Unlimited, poet and poetry teacher Diann van Faassen and Museum Meermanno | House of the Book. During poetry workshops at secondary schools in The Hague, pupils are taught poetry writing and recitation. The pupils then perform their poems during the Winternachten festival; out of three finalists, the winner of the Young Campert Prize is selected.

This year it was not possible to organize the poetry workshops and the festival performances, but Diann van Faassen walked with eight former participants through the parks and streets of The Hague and explored the theme with them.

The result is an extraordinary series of video poems created by the young poets themselves. It is a poignant testimony of a generation, full of desire to express their perspective and outlook on life, but hardly able to do so due to the Covid-19 measures. With their imagination, they give a voice to their contemporaries that is usually under-represented in the public debate.

Watch the video poems of the Spot on Young Poets-participants here; Dutch spoken.

Posted on: Thursday 28 January 2021