Jürgen Banscherus (Germany)
Jürgen Banscherus was born in 1949. After studying arts and social sciences in Münster and Bonn, he practiceddifferent professions: scientific researcher, journalist, publishing lecturer, teacher in adult education. In 1983 he published his first lyric releases, his first children's book appeared in 1985, and since 1989 he has been a freelance writer. Meanwhile hasJürgen Banscheruswrote more than sixty children's and youth books translated into 26 languages.
He has received numerous awards, among others as the first children’s book author ever the renowned Annette von Droste-Hülshoff-Preis.
He is a member of the International PEN, is married to the education scientist BirgittaPielmeyer-Banscherus and has two adult children.