Tiri Trinidad & Kathleen Thielman-Winklaar
Tiri (Reginald) Trinidad is known as singer of folksongs on the occasion of the celebration of Rinconday and Carnaval. In 2005 he was for the seventh time the King of Carnaval. Tiri is solosinger in the bands Tutti Frutti and Glenn & Friends. In 2004 he went on a tour with Tutti Frutti in the Netherlands. With Krusa Laman 2005 he has his first experiece with literary performance.
Kathleen Thielman (1963) is a teacher in primaryschool. As a storyteller she participated in bookweeks for children on Bonaire. She presents a weekly radioprogramme for childeren on a local radiostation. In 2004 she appeared in Rèke Buriko Rèke, a farytale of Grimm in Papiamentu, on Bonaire, Curaçao, Aruba and Saba.
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A programme with literature and music from Indonesia, the Netherlands, South-Africa, Suriname, Saint Martin, Curaçao and Aruba, with MC Tica Sealy-Nicolaas. Six authors travel from island to island in these weeks, for the festival Crossing the Seas. This evening they perform with their Bonairian fellow-authors Henri Toré and Linda Coffie. The Dutch former 'Dichter des Vaderlands (inoffical 'poet laureate') Gerrit Komrij will perform his poems. One of the main writers from Indonesia, Putu Wijaya, wil read one of his wonderful stories. The Dutch/Surinamese novelist Clark Accord - known through his debut-novel De Koningin van Paramaribo (The Queen of Paramaribo) - wil read from his latest novel Tussen Apoera en Oreala (Between Apoera and Oreala). Poet Diana Ferrus comes from Cape Town. She became known through her poem on Saartje Baartman, the 'Hottentot-Venus', a black South-African woman who in the 19th century was forced to travel through Europe as a kermiss-attraction. Myra Römer, born in Curaçao, now lives in The Netherlands. Early she a surprising writers' debut with Verhalen van Fita (Stories of Fita), about a girl growing up in Curaçao in the fifties. Drisana Deborah Jack is a poet from Saint Martin. All foreign authors will read in their mother tongue, while their text is simultaneously projected on a screen in Papiamento, the language of Aruba. Also in the programma a presentation of Bonairian poety by the local performers Tiri Trinidad & Kathleen Thielman-Winklaar.