Gerda Dendooven (b. 1962) is highly regarded both as an author and as an illustrator and is internationally renowned for her plays for young audiences. She often employs archetypes and absurd humour. Dendooven has gone on to win just about every major Flemish and Dutch award, amongst others the Flemish Cultural Prize for Youth Literature (2004). The Woutertje Pieterse Prize 2017 is yet another acknowledgement of her talent.
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