Peter Verhelst (b. 1962) is a novelist, scriptwriter, myth and theatre maker, poet and picture book author all in one. As a child he wanted to become a painter, but decided to write from a live model instead. His work has been praised for its powerful images, the sensuality and richness of its language and the author’s unbridled imagination. His breakthrough came in 1999 with the novel 'Tonguecat', which won him the Gouden Uil and the Flemish State Prize for Literature. In 2018, he wins the Sybren Polet Prize for Literature, a prize for authors with an experimental literary oeuvre.
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