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Ramsey Nasr

Nasr Ramsey - foto Keke Keukelaar
Nasr Ramsey - foto Keke Keukelaar

(Rotterdam, 1974) was elected Poet Laureate in 2009. In 2011 a selection of the work which he had published since then appeared in book form: Mijn nieuwe vaderland. Gedichten van crisis en angst (My new native land. Poems of crisis and fear.) He opens with 'a random selection of fanmail', hate-mails he receives because of his stance against the vulgerisation of society and the Dutch minority government. 'I read so often that I have to sod of, out of the country… You get used to it', he said in De Volkskrant. Nasr - the son of a Dutch mother and a Palestinian father - is a keen observer, who puts his ideas in the limelight in ever changing art forms. He studied at drama school, played in various films and tv series (Overspel, 2011), directed an operetta which he had written himself, retranslated two Mozart operettas and published a novella, essays, travel stories, a play and four books of poetry. In 2006 he received the Journalist of Peace Prize of the Dutch Humanists' Peace Council for his contribution to an 'understanding between eastern and western cultures by testing rigid prejudice critically'. www.ramseynasr.nl

(WU 2012 GR)

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  • Winternachten 2012 – Winternacht 2

    Dream Birds

    Bernlef is one of Holland's finest poets; Ramsey Nasr has made a name for himself as - among many other things - Poet Laureate, and Like Marsman is an important up-and-coming talent. Their poetry readings are introduced by the lyrics of Trio Droomvogels. A festive conclusion of a Winternight full of literature and poetry. In Dutch.

  • Turkije 2010

    Reading with local writers from Antakya

    With: Anil Ramdas, Hassan Daoud, Ramsey Nasr, Ronelda S. Kamfer

    The four writers who travel on invitation of Winternachten, will perform tonight alongside local writers from the Antakya area: Sinan Seyfettinoglu, Mehmet Ali Solak, Mehmet Tekin, Duran Yasar, Kerim Donmez, Yaser Bereketoglu and Muhsin Boz. The discussion is in English, with Turkish translations. The readings of the foreign authors will be in the original languages, with projections of Turkish translations on screen.

  • Turkije 2010

    Reading and panel discussion: literature and society - Antakya

    With: Anil Ramdas, Hassan Daoud, Ramsey Nasr, Ronelda S. Kamfer

    Ramsey Nasr, Hassan Daoud, Ronelda Kamfer and Anil Ramdas read from their literary work, and talk about the expectations they have of the influence of literature on society. As a public figure, does the writer or a poet have a more than average social responsibililty?

  • Turkije 2010

    Reading in Ghetto - Istanbul

    With: Anil Ramdas, Hassan Daoud, Ramsey Nasr, Ronelda S. Kamfer

    Because of a bomb attack in Istanbul, the performances of Sunday afternoon were all cancelled. Therefore, an extra performance has been arranged for the writers who travel through Turkey on behalf of Winternachten. The final party of the ITEF festival in 'Ghetto' will open with readings by the Dutch/Surinamese writer Anil Ramdas, the Dutch Poet Laureate Ramsey Nasr, Hassan Daoud from Beirut and poet Ronelda Kamfer from South Africa.

  • Turkije 2010

    Reading and discussion - ITEF Istanbul

    With: Anil Ramdas, Hassan Daoud, Ramsey Nasr, Ronelda S. Kamfer

    Four writers and poets read from their work, and discuss it before and with their audience. The language is English, the readings are in the orgininal languages, with simultaneous projection of the Turkish translations. The South-African poet Ronelda Kamfer reads her poems in Afrikaans. Writer and journalist Hassan Daoud from Lebanon will read fragments from his recent novel. The Dutch 'poet laureate' Ramsey Nasr will perform his poetry, and the Dutch/Surinamese journalist and writer Anil Ramdas will read from his essays and articles.
    In D&R Etiler, Nispetiye Cad. No:17 - Etiler - Nisantasi, Istanbul.

  • Turkije 2010

    Writers Conference - part 2

    With: Anil Ramdas, Bejan Matur, Gündüz Vassaf, Hakan Gunday, Hamdi Koç, Hassan Daoud, Melida Tüzünoglu, Ramsey Nasr, Ronelda S. Kamfer

    Final session of a two day closed writer's meeting with the four writers travelling on invitation of Winternachten, and four Turkish writers: Bejan Matur, Hakan Gunday, Hamdi Koc and Melida Tuzunoglu, on the theme Global writing - global conscience. The sessions are chaired by writer Gündüz Vassaf.

  • Turkije 2010

    Writers Conference - part 1

    With: Anil Ramdas, Bejan Matur, Gündüz Vassaf, Hakan Gunday, Hamdi Koç, Hassan Daoud, Melida Tüzünoglu, Ramsey Nasr, Ronelda S. Kamfer

    Start of a two day closed writer's meeting with the four writers travelling on invitation of Winternachten, and four Turkish writers: Bejan Matur, Hakan Gunday, Hamdi Koc and Melida Tuzunoglu, on the theme Global writing - global conscience. The sessions are chaired by writer Gündüz Vassaf.

  • Winternachten 2010 – Winternachten 1

    Love's Golden Rules

    At the end of the evening writers Ramsey Nasr and Marja Pruis will go in search of Love's Golden Rules in the grote zaal. What are the most important and sincerest rules in love? And who has written about it in the most beautiful terms? Writing about love is an art because it's such a great and sweeping emotion. Because it's either over the top, or too sweet. How to prevent that from happening? And are there any writers who show this well? The writers read the most beautiful love lines. Dutch.

  • Winternachten 2010 – Winternachten 2

    The limits of chaos

    Sometimes it seems that art comes into being primarily where order has been removed. But maybe even the most disorganising artist needs footing. With his music cellist Ernst Reijsiger skims along the limits of what his instrument has to offer in terms of possibilities. Ramsey Nasr, poet laureate, in poems like Mi Have een Droom (Me Have a Dream) explores the limits of Dutch as a language, and being an actor and a director he often finds himself in the grey area of text and improvisation.
    With Jan Donker as host, these two artists talk about rules and chaos and the assumed freedom during improvisation. How chaotic can and must one be. Which rule will they never break? A programme full of recitation and unsettling music. In Dutch

  • Winternachten 2010 – Winternachten 2

    Decisive rules

    Whether literature offers solace or confusion, whether it shows the way or disorders, every writer must have been moved in the course of his or her life by a passage, a line, an image or a poem which gave direction to his or her life. Was it a boys' book? A text on a tile? A column? Or rather that highly valued, often quoted passage from world literature? Jonathan Safran Foer, Tash Aw, Ramsey Nasr, Joke van Leeuwen and Petina Gappah read those passages that changed their lives for good, and reveal what happened to them when they read those lines for the first time. The programme starts with a reading from his work by the Iranian author Shahriar Mandanipour.
    In English

  • Antillen/Aruba 2007

    Krusa Laman - Teatro Luna Blou Curaçao

    With: Boy Dap, Erich Zielinski, Gabeba Baderoon, Jennifer Martis, Jit Narain, Jopi Hart, Mario Kleinmoedig, Nukila Amal, Ramsey Nasr

    An evening with prose readings, storytelling, poetry, interviews and music. With Gabeba Baderoon from South Africa, Ramsey Nasr from The Netherlands, writer Nukila Amal from Indonesia, poet Jit Narain from Suriname, and from Curaçao performer/musician Boy Dap, writers Jopi Hart and Erich Zielinski and actress Jennifer Martis. Mario Kleinmoedig hosts the evening. Part of the evening is a discussion with the authors on globalization: 'Writing at the Crossroads of Globalization and National Context'.

  • Antillen/Aruba 2007

    Krusa Laman - Villa Maria Curaçao

    With: Boy Dap, Gabeba Baderoon, Izaline Calister, Jit Narain, Nukila Amal, Ramsey Nasr, Roland Colastica, Sonia Garmers

    An evening with storytelling, music and poetry by Gabeba Baderoon from South Africa, Ramsey Nasr from The Netherlands, Jit Narain from Suriname and Nukila Amal from Indonesia. From Curaçao there will be performances of singer/composer Boy Dap, novelists and poets Sonia Garmers and Joseph (Jopi) Hart, novelist Erich Zielinski and the actress and performer Jennifer Martis. The Curaçao/Dutch singer Izaline Calister sings stories put to music from Curaçao and The Netherlands. She will be accompanied by the percussionist Pernell Luciano Saturnino from Curaçao and the Dutch guitarist Edvard Verhoef. Actor and writer Roland Colastica from Curaçao is the MC of this multifacetted literary and musical evening.

  • Antillen/Aruba 2007

    Krusa Laman - Bonaire

    With: Annie Francees, Frans Booi, Gabeba Baderoon, Izaline Calister, Jit Narain, Monica Clarinda, Nukila Amal, Ramsey Nasr, Roland Colastica

    An evening with storytelling, music and poetry by Gabeba Baderoon from South Africa, Ramsey Nasr from The Netherlands, Jit Narain from Suriname and Nukila Amal from Indonesia. Authors Frans booi, Monica Clarinda and Annie Francis from Bonaire will read from their work. The Curaçao/Dutch singer Izaline Calister sings stories put to music from Curaçao and The Netherlands. She will be accompanied by the percussionist Pernell Luciano Saturnino from Curaçao and the Dutch guitarist Edvard Verhoef. Actor and writer Roland Colastica from Curaçao is the MC of this multifacetted literary evening.

  • Antillen/Aruba 2007

    Crusa Lama - Aruba

    With: Ernesto Rosenstand, Frank Williams, Gabeba Baderoon, Hubert Booi, Ito Tromp, Izaline Calister, Jit Narain, Nukila Amal, Ramsey Nasr, Roland Colastica

    An evening with storytelling, music and poetry by Gabeba Baderoon from South Africa, Ramsey Nasr from The Netherlands, Jit Narain from Suriname and Nukila Amal from Indonesia. The Aruban writers and storytellers Ernesto Rosenstand and Hubert Booi will be interviewd by Ito Tromp. Another Aruban writer, Frank Williams, will read from his work. The Curaçao/Dutch singer Izaline Calister sings stories put to music from Curaçao and The Netherlands. She will be accompanied by the percussionist Pernell Luciano Saturnino from Curaçao and the Dutch guitarist Edvard Verhoef. Actor and writer Roland Colastica uit Curaçao is the MC of this multifacetted literary evening.

  • Antillen/Aruba 2007

    Crossing the Seas - Sint Maarten II

    With: Clara Reyes, Gabeba Baderoon, Izaline Calister, Joseph Maccow, Lenworth Wilson, Leon Noel, Marisha Carty, Ramsey Nasr, Rhea Courtar

    An evening with storytelling, music and poetry by Gabeba Baderoon from South Africa, Ramsey Nasr from The Netherlands, from Sint Maarten the storytellers Jozef Makou and Leon Noel and the group of poets called The Young Poets Society. De Curaçao/Dutch singer Izaline Calister sings stories put to music from Curaçao and The Netherlands. She will be accompanied by the percussionist Pernell Luciano Saturnino from Curaçao and the Dutch guitarist Edvard Verhoef. Clara Reyes is the MC of this multifacetted literary evening.

  • Winternachten 2007 – WINTERNACHT 2

    Young poets - part 2

    'It is our explicit wish to remain anonymous', wrote poet Alfred Schaffer in his last anthology, Schuim (Foam). Nevertheless he and five other poets of the young generation read from their work. In this second part: the former Antwerp 'city poet' Ramsey Nasr, who debuted in 2000 with the collection 27 Poems & No Song. He read some poems from our-lady-zeppelin. WillemThies founded the literary punkrock magazine Zeroxat. Toendra (Tundra) is his first volume of poetry, published in 2006 and awarded with the C. Buddingh'-prijs. In the same year journalist, translator and poet Florence Tonk made her debut with the collection Anders komen de wolven (Otherwise the Wolves will Come). Poet Tsead Bruinja introduced them and talked with them.

  • Indonesië 2005

    Universitas Indonesia - optreden voor studenten Nederlands

    With: Antjie Krog, Ellen Ombre, Frank Martinus Arion, Ramsey Nasr

    Als afsluiting van de tournee in Indonesië traden de vier schrijvers op voor studenten van de vakgroep Nederlands van de Universitas Indonesia, in Depok, bij Jakarta. De studenten hadden een programma voorbereid, waarbij ook zij literair werk voordroegen in het Nederlands en Afrikaans. Na hun optredens gingen de schrijvers in op vragen uit de zaal.

  • Indonesië 2005

    Winternachten Overzee in het Erasmushuis

    With: Antjie Krog, Ellen Ombre, Frank Martinus Arion, Ramsey Nasr, Richard Oh

    Het laatste openbare optreden in deze tournee was in het Erasmushuis, het culturele centrum van de Nederlandse Ambassade in Jakarta. Hier traden alleen de vier voor Winternachten meereizende schrijvers op. Ze droegen voor uit hun werk en werden  geïnterviewd door schrijver en uitgever Richard Oh. De schrijvers lazen hun gedichten en proza-fragmenten in hun eigen taal, terwijl de Indonesische vertaling simultaan werd geprojecteerd. De populaire muziekgroep Krakatau trad voorafgaand aan het programma en na de pauze op.

  • Indonesië 2005

    Winternachten in Teater Utan Kayu - Jakarta (3)

    With: Ellen Ombre, Frank Martinus Arion, Ramsey Nasr

    Op de laatste avond van het driedaagse literatuurfestival in Teater Utan Kayu traden Ellen Ombre, Frank Martinus Arion en Ramsey Nasr op met  het Royke Kaopaha ensemble, Iswadi Pratama, de Turkse schrijfster Asli Erdogan, de Amerikaanse auteur Robert Olen Butler, Landung Simatupang en de Australische dichteres Jan Cornall.

  • Indonesië 2005

    Winternachten in Teater Utan Kayu - Jakarta (2)

    With: Antjie Krog, Frank Martinus Arion, Ramsey Nasr

    Op de tweede avond van het festival in Teater Utan Kayu traden Ramsey Nasr, Frank Martinus Arion en Antjie Krog op met het Royke Kaopaha Ensemble, Radhar Panca Dahana, Budi Darma, Arswendo Atmowiloto, de Turkse schrijfster Asli Erdogan, N. Riantiarno en de Amerikaanse auteur Robert Olen Butler.

  • Indonesië 2005

    Winternachten Overzee in Bandar Lampung - Sumatra

    With: Antjie Krog, Ramsey Nasr

    Na Bandung reisde het gezelschap naar Sumatra, naar de stad Bandar Lampung. Ook hier waren er optredens op twee avonden. Op deze avond traden Antjie Krog en Ramsey Nasr op met de Indonesiërs Isbedy Stiawan ZS, Dinar Rahayu, Marhalim Zaini, Shinta Febriany, Masnunah, de Turkse schrijfster Asli Erdogan en de Australische dichteres Lauren Williams.

  • Indonesië 2005

    Winternachten Overzee in Bandung

    With: Antjie Krog, Frank Martinus Arion, Ramsey Nasr

    De tournee van Winternachten startte in Bandung, met optredens op twee avonden. Op deze eerste avond  traden drie van de vier voor Winternachten meereizende schrijvers op. Andere optredenden waren de Indonesiërs Soni Farid Maulana, Nur Wahida Idris, A.S. Laksana, Kurnia Effendi, de Australische Jan Cornall en de KeTUK Group.