In our dedicated language focus – this year, Going Dutch – we look to interweave the most exciting elements of poetry from overseas with some of our favourite voices back home. Our first Border Crossings of 2018 does just that. Picked by Bloodaxe to be featured in Ten: Poets of a New Generation, Will Harris writes poems which explore and celebrate the contingency of culture. A debut collection of his many-layered poems appeared with HappenStance in 2017. Joining Will on stage is our first Dutch poet of the festival, Thomas Möhlmann, editor of the Dutch poetry magazine Awatar. His first collection of poems won the Lucy B. & C.W. van der Hoogt Prize in 2007 and his latest collection is Where we live (2013). Thomas is also one of the poets behind a project in which poetry responds to the popular TV show Game of Thrones.
Supported by the Dutch Foundation for Literature, with assistance from the Royal Netherlands Embassy