(pseudonym: Eugène Wilfried Wong-Loi-Sing, 1938). The work of Frits Wols encompasses poems, novella's, juvenile stories, short stories and novels. Nature is an important source of inspiration for this writer, who was born in the small village of Groningen in the district of Saramacca, Surinam. His first years as a teacher, spent in the rural interiour of Surinam, resulted in the beautiful novella entitled Het Groene Labyrint (The green labyrinth). Frits Wols spent many years in the Netherlands, where he studied English. Many of his poems are concerned with the clash of different cultures. This is also the theme for the novel Verbroken Cirkel (Broken Circle). As chairman of the Writers group '77 (1992-2003) Frits Wols has guided young writers and poets towards their first publication. Frits Wols is also well known as a story teller.
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The first night of the festival in Paramaribo offers a diverse program. Writers from five countries read from their novels and poetry. Hosted and presented by Arlette Codfried they talk about their own country and how people from different cultures live together there. Denise Jannah sings poems chosen from poets that represent the five different countries participating in this ffestival, amongst others from the winner of the State literature prize Orlando Emanuels. Cynthia McLeod, Rappa, Surianto and Frits Wols perform together with their foreign colleague writers Gibi Bacilio (Curaçao), EKM Dido (South Africa), Ronald Giphart (The Netherlands), Joke van Leeuwen (The Netherlands) and Sitok Srengenge (Indonesia). The dance group Tandava dances poems from Slory and Shrinivasi. The Fafiri Brothers will provide further musical accompaniment.