Stefan Hertmans (1951) is one of the most distinguished and prominent Flemish authors. He is a recipient of numerous accolades, both domestic and international. He is a poet, writer, and essayist with an enviable opus of works. He has published six novels, two volumes of short stories, eight volumes of essays on literature and philosophy, an autobiographical book on contemporary urban problems, and some fourteen volumes of poetry. He received numerous prizes and nominations for his work. He also lectures at some of the most prestigious European universities. He was professor of art criticism, aesthetics and text analysis at University College Ghent till 2010.
The regular guest on international stages excites both domestic and foreign readers with his erudite, poetic literature, in which he often touches upon the topics of remembrance, childhood, and the relationship between fact and fiction. Despite a successful writing career spanning over three decades, the author finally achieved his breakthrough with his most recent novel titledOorlog en terpentijn(War and Turpentine), which was published at the centennial of World War I and immediately sparked the interest of the most influential publishing companies around the globe.It landed on the Top 10 Best Book of the Year list by New York Times and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
Maxime Coton (1986, Belgium) is a writer and director living and working in Brussels. For his films and books, he has won several awards in Belgium and France. In his artistic work, he tries to find balance between poetic and political topics. He has published four poetry books: La biographie de Morgane Eldä in 2004, Le geste ordinaire in 2011, Où votre oeil s'efface in 2013 and L'imparfait des langues in 2014, as well as a collection of short stories Resplendir in 2014.
Els Moors (1976, Belgium) is a Flemish poet and novelist. Her debut Er hangt een hoge lucht boven ons (There is a tall sky above us; 2006) was nominated for the C. Buddingh’ Prize and was awarded the prestigious Herman de Coninck prize for best poetry debut. Her second collection of poetry, Liederen van een kapseizend paard (Songs of a capsizing horse), was published in 2013 and won the J. C. Bloem price. Moors’ work shows evidence of a strong feel for composition, both in content and in form. Undoubtedly, this strong feel for composition and the equally sharp provocative nature of the poems are the reason why Els Moors is considered one of the rising stars of Dutch language poetry. In 2008 Els Moors also debuted as a prose writer, with Het verlangen naar een eiland (Longing For An Island), a novel about love, sex and the yearning for the Other. In 2010 she published Vliegtijd, a collection of stories.
Els Moors is coming to Days of Poetry and Wine through European poetry platform Versopolis.