Historian and publicist Jan Minno Rozendal was chosen by the jury of Other Words Fryslân for a residence in Macedonia. sOf the two submitted plans, the jury found that Rozendal’s was the strongest. Next week, he will travel to the Macedonian city of Bitola for an eight week residence.
Rozendal wants to work on a biography of Douwe Kalma during his stay. As founder of the Jongfryske Mienskip and writer of the essay ‘Fryslân and the Wrâld’, Kalma gave an enormous boost to the self-awareness and self-esteem of the Frisians more than a hundred years ago. Rozendal wants to write a scientifically sound biography and sees his stay in Macedonia as a prelude to this ambitious writing project.
Rozendal (1979) was born in Zwaagwesteinde and now lives in Groningen. He studied history in that city. In the summer of 2014, he received old memoirs that he incorporated into his debut novel Drift, which was released in early 2017. A year later, his second work De Fluchste Blanke was published. Both books are historical novels: the first is set around 1910, the second around the Second World War. In the past year and a half, he has also been working on a biography of the poet and Frisian activist Anders Minnes Wybenga (1881 – 1948), which was published in September 2018.
Previously, Frisian writer André Looijenga also went to Bitola for the Other Words project. Bart Kingma and Gerard de Jong stayed in San Sebastián (Basque Country), Hein Jaap Hilarides in Maribor (Slovenia) and Karen Bies in Belmullet (Ireland).
Other Words/Oare Wurden is being carried out by Tresoar and commissioned by the province of Fryslân. The project is part of the ECC-program Lân fan Taal, which aims to position Friesland as a knowledge center for multilingualism.