Jaap Robben (b. 1984) is a writer, poet and theatre director. Since 2000 he has written poems and short stories for both children and grown-ups and has published four collections of stories: Twee vliegen (Two Flies, 2004), De nacht krekelt (The Night is Full of Crickets, 2007), Zullen we een bos beginnen? (Shall we Start a Wood?, 2008, shortlisted for the Gouden Uil for Children’s Literature), De Zuurtjes (The Sourballs) and Als iemand ooit mijn botjes vindt (If Anyone Finds My Bones, 2012). Birk is his first novel for adults.