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Famous Writers from Belgium

List of famous writers from Belgium, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Belgium is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Belgian writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Belgium and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different writers, like Jef Cassiers and Pierre Pestieau.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Belgian writers?" and "Which writers are from Belgium?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Belgium in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Belgium, but they're all of Belgium descent.
  • 1
    Dec. at 62 (1577-1640)

    BirthplaceSiegen, Germany


    Sir Peter Paul Rubens (; Dutch: [ˈrybə(n)s]; 28 June 1577 – 30 May 1640) was a Flemish artist. He is considered the most influential artist of Flemish Baroque tradition. Rubens's highly charged  ...more

    #360 of 1,355 The Greatest Minds of All Time#14 of 31 The Greatest Painters Of All Time#5 of 73 Famous Baroque Artists, Ranked

  • 2
    Dec. at 86 (1903-1989)

    BirthplaceLiège, Belgium


    WorksThe Clockmaker, Les Fiançailles de M. Hire, Maigret Hesitates, Maigret Goes Home, Maigret and the Headless Corpse

    Georges Joseph Christian Simenon (French: [ʒɔʁʒ simnɔ̃]; 13 February 1903 – 4 September 1989) was a Belgian writer. A prolific author who published nearly 500 novels and numerous short works, Simenon  ...more
  • 3
    Dec. at 86 (1862-1949)

    BirthplaceGhent, Belgium


    WorksThe Treasure of the Humble, Pelléas and Mélisande, Mary Magdalene, The supreme law, La intrusa

    Maurice Polydore Marie Bernard Maeterlinck (29 August 1862 – 6 May 1949), also known as Count (or Comte) Maeterlinck from 1932, was a Belgian playwright, poet, and essayist who was Flemish but wrote  ...more
  • 4

    BirthplaceSint-Agatha-Berchem, Brussels, Belgium


    WorksLionheart, Double Impact, The Order, Kickboxer 2, Full Love

    Jean-Claude Camille François van Varenberg (born 18 October 1960), professionally known as Jean-Claude van Damme (French pronunciation: ​[ʒɑ̃ klod vɑ̃ dam], Dutch: [vɑn ˈdɑmə]) and as JCVD, is a  ...more

    The Insane Story Of Frank Dux, Whose Life Allegedly Formed The Basis For 'Bloodsport'#283 of 289 The Coolest Actors Ever#1602 of 2,753 The Most Influential People of All Time

  • 5
    Dec. at 43 (1910-1953)

    BirthplaceLiberchies, Belgium


    WorksThe Best of Django Reinhardt, I got rhythm (A Jazz Hour With Series), Django Reinhardt - The Definitive Collection, The great Django Reinhardt, The Genius Of Django Reinhardt

    Jean Reinhardt (23 January 1910 – 16 May 1953) stage name Django Reinhardt (French: [dʒãŋɡo ʁɛjnaʁt] or [dʒɑ̃ɡo ʁenɑʁt]), was a Belgian-born Romani-French jazz guitarist and composer, regarded as one  ...more

    #136 of 525 Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?#3 of 135 The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time#30 of 542 The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time

  • 6
    Dec. at 69 (1914-1984)

    BirthplaceBrussels, Ixelles, Belgium

    NationalityFrance, Belgium, Argentina

    WorksThe Winners, Circe, Cuentos Clasificados 2, Fantomas contra los vampiros multinacionales, El Perseguidor

    Julio Cortázar, born Julio Florencio Cortázar American Spanish: [ˈxuljo koɾˈtasaɾ] (listen); (26 August 1914 – 12 February 1984) was an Argentine novelist, short story writer, and essayist. Known as  ...more
  • 7

    BirthplaceBrussels, Belgium


    WorksLast Tango in Paris, Cleo from 5 to 7, Vagabond, The Gleaners and I, One Hundred and One Nights

    Agnès Varda (French: [aɲɛs vaʁda]; 30 May 1928 – 29 March 2019) was a Belgian-born French film director, photographer and artist. Her work was pioneering for, and central to, the development of the  ...more
  • 8
    Dec. at 75 (1907-1983)

    BirthplaceEtterbeek, Belgium


    WorksTintin in Tibet, The Blue Lotus, The Secret of the Unicorn, Cigars of the Pharaoh, Tintin in the Congo

    Georges Prosper Remi (French: [ʁəmi]; 22 May 1907 – 3 March 1983), known by the pen name Hergé (; French: [ɛʁʒe]), was a Belgian cartoonist. He is best known for creating The Adventures of Tintin,  ...more
  • 9

    BirthplaceBrussels, Belgium


    WorksLa Collectionneuse

    Patrick Nicolas Jean Sixte Ghislain Bauchau (born 6 December 1938) is a Belgian actor best known for his role as Scarpine in the 1985 James Bond movie, A View to a Kill; Sydney (Jarod's mentor) in  ...more
  • 10

    BirthplaceBrussels, Belgium


    WorksJeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, From the East, A Whole Night

    Chantal Anne Akerman (French: [akɛʁman]; 6 June 1950 – 5 October 2015) was a Belgian film director, screenwriter, artist, and film professor at the City College of New York. She is best known for  ...more
  • 11
    Dec. at 49 (1929-1978)

    BirthplaceSchaerbeek, Brussels, Belgium


    WorksFar West, Franz

    Jacques Romain Georges Brel (French pronunciation: ​[ʒak ʁomɛ̃ ʒɔʁʒ bʁɛl] Pronunciation ; 8 April 1929 – 9 October 1978) was a Belgian singer, songwriter, actor and director who composed and  ...more
  • 12
    Dec. at 78 (1929-2008)

    BirthplaceBruges, Belgium


    WorksMira, The Village on the River, De Dans van de Reiger, The van Paemel Family, Thursday We Shall Sing Like Sunday

    Hugo Maurice Julien Claus (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɦyɣoː ˈklʌu̯s]; 5 April 1929 – 19 March 2008) was a leading Belgian author who published under his own name as well as various pseudonyms. Claus'  ...more
  • 13
    Dec. at 85 (1899-1984)

    BirthplaceNamur, Belgium, Belgium

    NationalityFrance, Belgium

    WorksMiserable Miracle, Connaissance par les gouffres, Michaux, Par des traits, Ecuador

    Henri Michaux (French: [miʃo]; 24 May 1899 – 19 October 1984) was a highly idiosyncratic Belgian-born poet, writer, and painter who wrote in French. He later took French citizenship. Michaux is best  ...more
  • 14

    BirthplaceNamur, Belgium, Belgium


    WorksMan Bites Dog

    Benoît Poelvoorde (French pronunciation: ​[bənwa pulvoʁd]; born 22 September 1964) is a Belgian actor and comedian.  ...more
  • 15

    BirthplaceBrussels, Belgium


    WorksWhen the Sea Rises, Henri

    Yolande Moreau (born 27 February 1953) is a Belgian comedian, actress, film director and screenwriter. She has won three César Awards from four nominations.  ...more
  • 16

    BirthplaceEngis, Belgium


    WorksRosetta, The Child, Two Days, One Night, The Kid with a Bike

    Jean-Pierre Dardenne is a film director, film producer, screenwriter, cinematographer and film editor.  ...more
  • 17
    Dec. at 83 (1912-1995)

    BirthplaceWondelgem, Belgium

    NationalityBelgium, United States of America

    WorksFur Person, The Education of Harriet Hatfield, Crucial Conversations, Plant Dreaming Deep, Journal of a Solitude

    May Sarton is the pen name of Eleanore Marie Sarton (May 3, 1912 – July 16, 1995), a prolific American poet, novelist and memoirist. She is considered an important contemporary figure in American  ...more

    #250 of 345 The Greatest American Writers of All Time#134 of 250 The Best Gay Authors

  • 18

    BirthplaceBrussels, Belgium

    NationalityBelgium, England

    WorksThe Last King of Scotland, The Eagle, Mrs Brown, Brideshead Revisited, How I Live Now

    Jeremy Brock MBE (born 1959) is a British writer and director whose works include the screenplays Mrs Brown, Driving Lessons, The Last King of Scotland, Charlotte Gray, and The Eagle. Brock has also  ...more
  • 19

    BirthplaceHerve, Belgium

    NationalityCanada, Belgium

    WorksSéraphin: Heart of Stone, Pandora's Beauty

    Charles Binamé (born May 25, 1949) is a Quebec director. He was born in Belgium and came to Montreal with his family at a young age. He joined the National Film Board of Canada as an assistant  ...more
  • 20

    BirthplaceAntoing, Belgium


    WorksLa tournée du patron, Histoires d'os, Brune ou blonde?, BD Pirate : Pierre Tombal, tome 9

    Raoul Cauvin (born 26 September 1938) is a Belgian comics author and one of the most popular in the humorist field.  ...more
  • 21

    BirthplaceNamur, Belgium, Belgium


    WorksThree: After life, Rapt, Two: An Amazing Couple, One Night, The TrilogyⅡ:On the Run

    Lucas Belvaux (born 14 November 1961) is a Belgian actor and film director. His directing credits include the Trilogie, consisting of three films with interlocking stories and characters, each of  ...more
  • 22



    WorksThe Giants, Eldorado, Ultranova, Muno, Travellinckx

    Philippe "Bouli" Lanners (born 20 May 1965) is a Belgian actor, author and film director. His film The Giants was nominated for twelve Magritte Awards, winning five, including Best Film and Best  ...more
  • 23

    BirthplaceEurope, Metropolitan France, France, Bouches-du-Rhône, Marseille

    NationalityFrance, Belgium

    WorksThe Quarry, Gilles' Wife, Tenderness, Black Ocean, Sounds of Sand

    Marion Hänsel (born 12 February 1949) is a Belgian film director, producer, actress and screenwriter. Her film Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea was entered into the 1995 Cannes Film Festival.  ...more
  • 24

    BirthplaceIxelles, Belgium


    WorksMr. Nobody, Toto the Hero, The Eighth Day, Maedeli la brèche, L'imitateur

    Jaco Van Dormael (born 9 February 1957) is a Belgian film director, screenwriter and playwright. His films especially focus on a respectful and sympathetic portrayal of people with mental and  ...more
  • 25

    BirthplaceZenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

    NationalityBosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium

    WorksNo Man's Land, Triage, Cirkus Columbia, Baggage, An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker

    Danis Tanović (born 20 February 1969) is a Bosnian film director and screenwriter. Tanović is best known for having directed and written the script for the 2001 Bosnian movie No Man's Land which won  ...more