The Low Countries

This English-language blog, which is linked to the yearbook, The Low Countries, offers news about language, culture and society in the Low Countries for a broad foreign public.

  • 24 November 2014

Dutch Inventor Boyan Slat Wins UN Award for Plan to Clean up Oceans

Dutch Inventor Boyan Slat Wins UN Award for Plan to Clean up Oceans

Dutch inventor Boyan Slat (born in 1994) won the Champions of the Earth Award. His project ‘The Ocean Cleanup’ has made him the youngest winner ever of this award for inspiring environmental initiatives. The Champions of the Earth Award is organised by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Slat wanted to tackle the so-called ‘plastic soup’ in the ocean and has come up with a V-shaped device with long floating arms, placed in strategic spots in the sea. All the floating plastic is driven towards one point, where his installation catches it for recycling.

  • 17 November 2014

Flemish writer Bob Van Laerhoven Wins American Award

Flemish writer Bob Van Laerhoven Wins American Award

Baudelaire's Revenge by the Flemish authorBob Van Laerhoven has won the USA Best Book Award 2014 in the category 'Fiction: mystery/suspense'. The thriller was translated into English by Brian Doyle.

  • 14 November 2014

A forgotten front of the Great War (6): Lest we forget

A forgotten front of the Great War (6): Lest we forget

In a series of 6 blogs Wim Chielens discusses the ‘forgotten front’ of Ploegsteert (Belgium) and Fromelles (France), with photos by Michaël Depestele. This is the sixth and final part: Lest we forget.

  • 22 October 2014

A Fair Face passed away - Patricia Carson (1929-2014)

A Fair Face passed away - Patricia Carson (1929-2014)

Patricia Carson was born in Oreston, United Kingdom in 1929 and studied history in London.

After her wedding with Raoul Van Caenegem, professor of medieval history at the University of Ghent who would become an expert in English law, she lived permanently in Ghent and made her speciality of studying the relations between Great Britain and the Low Countries throughout the centuries.

Her most successful book, many times reprinted is The Fair Face of Flanders (1969), translated into Dutch, French, German and Bulgarian. She also wrote Ghent, a town for all seasons (1972), translated in Dutch, French and German, and James Van Artevelde: The man from Ghent (1980).

On 8 July 1996, she was made a member of the Belgian nobility, with the personal title of baroness. She was also a well respected member of the Advisory Committee of our yearbook The Low Countries.