Sensitive, erudite, clever – these are just a few keywords that come to mind when thinking of the Belgian poet, novelist and essayist Stefan Hertmans. We met him a number of times for various reasons: we interviewed him for his beautiful novel War and turpentine for De Boekensalon, spoke to him about his poetry for Awater and made portraits of him for the National Poetry Week. We created a candid and in-depth portrait of him for Psychologie Magazine and A Quattro Mani joined him for a report in Monieux for newspaper Algemeen Dagblad and magazine Leven in Frankrijk. They were all inspiring meetings with a captivating, versatile world citizen.