Marco Kunst (b. 1966) studied philosophy and worked as a philosophy teacher at an art school. He lives in Amsterdam with his wife and daughter and has been a full-time writer since 2010. His body of work includes books for all ages in a range of genres, including history, science fiction, fantasy and fairy tales. With his imaginative young-adult novels Wiped (2004) and Isa’s Dream (2008), Kunst has shown that he does not shy away from telling great stories in the tradition of Dutch classics by the likes of Tonke Dragt and Paul Biegel. He says that he writes ‘because stories give the world sense, colour and meaning’. He received the Charlotte Köhler Stipendium in 2007, a prize for promising early-career authors. Kunst has won numerous literary awards.