'Poetry and science are two completely different worlds,' says Flemish author Jan Lauwereyns. 'Science is a search for truth and poetry is a quest for beauty.' His Radiobooks contribution is a long narrative poem inspired by the myth of Europa.Listen to this book
Writer, poet and scientist Jan Lauwereyns was born in Antwerp in 1969. He studied psychology at Leuven University. He currently teaches neuropsychology at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand and has published numerous articles in scientific journals such as Nature and Neuron. Lauwereyns' critically acclaimed first collection of poetry ‘Nagelaten sonnetten' (Posthumous Sonnets) was published in 1999. It was nominated for the prestigious C. Buddingh' Prize and called ‘the most interesting poetry debut in recent years.' He followed it with Blanke verzen (Blank Verses) in 2001 and Buigzaamheden (Flexibilities) in 2002 for which he received the Hugues C. Pernath Award. His debut novel ‘Monkey Business' was published in 2003.