Edward van de Vendel
Edward van de Vendel (b. 1964) has rapidly developed into an all-round writer for children and teenagers. He once set up his own primary school, but opted in the end for writing, which was better suited to his idealism and talent. After two collections of children’s poetry, he broke through in 1999 with the poetic adaptation of Gijsbrecht, based on the seventeenth-century Dutch classic, for which he was awarded the prestigious Gouden Zoen. He received this award again a year later for his totally different, pioneering adolescent novel De dagen van de Bluegrassliefde (The Days of Blue Grass Love). He also won a Silver Slate award for the picture book Dom konijn (Silly Rabbit). An all-rounder with almost twenty books to his name, both prose and poetry for children and young people of varying ages. The social awareness that he shows in De gelukvinder (The Boy Who Found Happiness, 2008) is a new development and one that is to be welcomed.