Erik Vlaminck (b. 1954) writes autobiographically inspired prose and plays in which his experiences in psychiatric nursing and care for the homeless are incorporated. In 1992, the novel Quatertemperdagen (Ember Days) became the first in a six-part naturalistic family saga set partly in a village in Belgium and partly in Canada after the Second World War. The main character is a great-uncle whose unexpurgated stories stimulate the writer to delve into family secrets and long-concealed chronicles. The author himself also appears in the last part of Het schismatieke schrijven (Schismatic Writing, 2005), to explain his position and his intentions. Angélique (2003), a short story and stage monologue, is about a nun who was raped in the Congo who returns to Belgium, to miserable care. In the tradition of Louis Paul Boon he writes with great psychological insight about family and ordinary people. His penultimate novel, Suikerspin (Candyfloss) was received enthusiastically by the press. Erik Vlaminck teaches at the Writers’ Academy in Antwerp and chairs of the Association of Flemish Authors.