I'm born in Groningen and I grew up in Winsum, where we lived in the rectory on the wierde of Obergum. At the age of 13 I moved to Emmen in Drenthe. Then I lived in Wachtum, a small village north of Dalen. I always cycled to school and was interested in the history of my surroundings. Although we don't speak Groningen at home, I like to hear music in my dialect, for example:
In the city of Groningen I see Kasper Peters, the former city poet, who recently published the beautiful book Bird flyfishhas published his poems and pictures of Anne Caesar van Wieren, known from the newspaper NRC and De Morgen. His Laif Fieke Gosselaar, who presents a program in dialect in Radio Noord She also publishes her poems in Grunnegs and her stories in Dutch. This poem is from her first collection of poems Nova Zembla:
t Is heur stee doar
vlak noa leste boerderij
veurdat laand allinneg
wieder gaait noar zee.
Zai rieden op Harleys as t winter is
en bekieken mekoar as zochzölf.
Zai draaien t gas open en de man
in leren jaze zegt dat hai hoesman is.
De vraauwen raaizen mit noar doagen
dat Harleys haarder goan,
kenoalen braider binnen,
Groningen is seen internationally as an example of a bicycle-friendly city, where a film is always shown of an intersection, where cyclists get the green light at the same time: You drive out of the city to Garnwerd through a ancient mound landscape, which was created by man.