My experience at a Dutch Poetry Slam

As part of a college article, I had the unique experience of attending my first ever Dutch Poetry Slam event. The criteria being to look at how creative events impact a city. Keep reading to find out how the night went.

(Edit: I also managed to get the piece published on this website:, so if you want to have a look at it over there that would be lovely <3)


On the first Wednesday of every month poets and onlookers gather in the Theatercafé de Bastaard, in the buzzing cultural city of Utrecht, to take to the stage of U-Slam.

The event is a Poetry Slam Contest, free for anyone to enter, organised by the art organisation Het Literatuur Huis which is based in the city.4


Letters to Spring (in the Netherlands)

Dear Spring,

2nd of February 2018,

Yesterday I officially moved into my new apartment, in my new college, in a new town and in a new country. You’ve made me feel right at home, Spring, and the weather here is not much different from back home. Though everything around me is strange and new, I’m settling in OK and taking everyday as it comes. Thankfully I’ve already found people to embrace this new adventure with.