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.
Geert van Istendael (Belgium, 1947) writes poetry, novels, fairy tales and essays. He studied sociology and philosophy at the Catholic University of Leuven. He worked as a journalist for Belgian public television news, (VRT, Dutch language) 1978-1993. His special topics were: Belgian politics; urban and community problems in Brussels; Germany, especially the GDR. He was the president of Belgian (Dutch speaking) PEN-centre (2007-2010). Now he is a honorary president. From 1993 on, he works as an independent writer based in Brussels.
Maud Vanhauwaert (1984, Belgium) is a writer and performer. In 2011 her first poetry album was published, called Ik ben mogelijk ('I am possible'). It was awarded the Vrouw Debuut Prijs (Price for female débuts). Maud examines creative ways to bring poetry on stage. She won the 'Frappant TXT' competition (2012) and became finalist in the World Championship of Poetry Slam (2012) and in the prestigious 'Leids Cabaret Festival' (2014). Maud obtained a master degree in Literature and Linguistics at the University of Antwerp and also a master degree in the Theatre Academy of Antwerp, where she currently teaches.