Dutch poet Jules Deelder dies

The Dutch poet, Jules Deelder, has passed away after a short illness, NOS reports. He was 75 years old. 

Deelder was a writer, poet, musician and performer. He wrote about topics like drugs, jazz, and the city of Rotterdam, where he was from.He worked with musicians like Herman Brood, Benjamin Herman and Bas van Lier to record his poetry and set it to music. Known for being direct and no-nonsense, he was given the honorary title of night mayor in the port city, after he helped to reinvigorate its nightlife.

Although Deelder’s work is mostly in Dutch, you can still enjoy his love of jazz via this Spotify playlist. We’ll miss him. 

Feature image: Wim de Jong/Flickr. 

Ailish Lalor
Ailish Lalor
Ailish was born in Sydney, Australia, but grew up by a forest in south-east Ireland, which she has attempted to replace with a living room filled with plants in The Hague. Besides catering to her army of pannenkoekenplantjes, Ailish spends her days convincing her friends that all food is better slightly burnt, plotting ways to hang out with dogs and cats, and of course, writing for DutchReview.


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