Benny Lindelauf (b. 1964) teaches creative writing to adults and children. From his debut book on, Omhooggevallen, which was a witty story about a girl with a vivid imagination, he has had a noticeably authentic style as well as content. The promise of the first book was confirmed with Schuilen in een jas, a stirring story about love and sickness. The book made the shortlist of The Golden Owl, a prestigious Flemish literary prize. Imagination, wit and drama are crucial ingredients woven together in an exceptional way. Lindelauf once said: ‘Writing is actually like moving from one house to the next over and over again’. With Negen open armen Benny Lindelauf has won the Thea Beckmann Award 2004, the prize for the best historical juvenile book published in 2003.