Crown Princess Mathilde was busy Friday and Saturday as she attended two separate events in Belgium which promoted the literacy arts. Yesterday, she was at Antwerp’s Permeke Library for the 2010 Y-Poetry, and today she was in Brussels for Youth Book Week.
The 2010 Y-Poetry is an opportunity for teenagers to present their works. Sponsored by the Dutch School of Poetry, adolescents from London, Amsterdam, Berlin and Antwerp compete for the best poem. The theme for this year was how nice it is to live in a city.
Mathilde was invited to this by promoter Rik Eeraerts. “I wrote Princess Mathilde a letter which I gave more information about the project. I sent her an invitation to the finals, “He said.
He got an answer instantly. “She really wanted to come.”
The Crown Princess awarded this year’s winner Yoni Sel with a cup and a kiss on the cheek.
Inside, the Crown Prince and Peumans discussed with 108 children between the ages of 9 and 12 on how other children could become interested in reading. Five different propositions were talked about : all children have the right to be to read every day, all children are entitled to a free reading time at school, all children have the right to have their own books, all children have the right to choose what they read and even children who can not read well, are entitled to great books.