Arjan Hut


Arjan Hut about Leeuwarden

‘I love the sound of a train in the distance’

‘Ik hâld fan it lûd fan in trein yn de fierte’

Like a cat, I balance on the edge of the balcony and look down. Sunlight is streaming through the gardens and ...

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Arjan Hut (1976, Drachten) is a Frisian-language writer and poet. He made his debut in 2004 with the collection Nachtswimmers, and his most recent collection, Aurora Bossa Nova, came out in 2016. In 2005 he was made the first poet laureate of the Frisian capital city, Leeuwarden. The Frisian language is supposedly well-suited to crooning about the local landscape, farming life and natural environment; the closest that Hut comes to cows, however, is when the refrigerated meat lorries drive past his apartment en route to the supermarkets before sunrise. Instead, he uses Frisian as a personal, urban language.

‘Those that see Arjan Hut wandering through Leeuwarden with his dreamy gaze can hardly believe that he’s busy absorbing every last detail of the city. Indeed, this ‘new Leeuwarder’ knows the city more deeply than many a native,’ writes author Henk Wolf about Hut. Hut himself: ‘I’m more of a bossanova-poet than a saudade-poet.’

For citybooks Arjan Hut wrote about the city he calls home, Leeuwarden.