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The National Museum is fortunate to count among its long-time friends and supporters the Belgian poet, Bruno Neuville. Bruno’s association with the Museum started in 2007 when he was still a Communications Management lecturer at Thomas More University College (then Katholieke Hogeschool) in Mechelen, Belgium. For almost a decade Bruno’s Communications Management students visited Bloemfontein every year to complete a three-month academic course at the Central University of Technology (CUT); an internship at an NGO; and practical oral history training at the National Museum. Bruno has always been supportive of the Museum’s Batho Project and thanks to him the Belgian government financially supported the installation of the permanent Batho exhibition in the Museum. Bruno is now retired and, among others, he uses his spare time to serve as a tour guide at the Kazerne Dossin holocaust museum in Mechelen. He is also a seasoned traveller who has a special interest in the history of the holocaust.

Moreover, Bruno is a talented poet who has published nine volumes of poetry, including his latest one, Ergens waar ik nergens moet zijn (Fluxenberg, 2021). Bruno, who describes himself as “reiziger, bedachtzamer, soberling, heler, familieman, wegger, rustzoeker, dagboeker, dichter…”, to name a few, writes mostly in Flemish, his mother tongue. Translated freely, the title means Somewhere where I must be nowhere. Bruno’s new collection of poems covers a variety of themes, ranging from the joy that nature brings to the fragility of life. The inclusion of poems that address the Covid-19 pandemic, isolation, and quarantine, makes this collection particularly relevant for today.  Belgium, a densely populated country, was hard hit during the early stages of the pandemic. Poems that touch on this subject include Bijzonder weidse quarantaine and Uit coronadagboek.

It is hard to single out a personal favourite but a poem which deserves mentioning is this simple yet elegant one:

 

LAAT VANDAAG

als geen ander

de dag

aan de vader

van de gedachte

 

de avond

aan zijn moment

uit het leven

 

de nacht

aan het begin

van zijn reis

 

laat morgen

de dag zijn

verhaal vertellen

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