Eva Gerlach (b. 1948) writes both poetry for adults and poetry for children. She published her first collection for adults, Verder geen leed (No Further Distress), in 1979. Her first volume of children’s poetry, Hee meneer Eland (Hey Mr. Moose), was published in 1989 and promptly awarded the ‘Zilveren Griffel’ (Silver Slate Pencil), an important children’s literature prize. Her entire oeuvre was awarded the highly prestigious P.C. Hooft-prijs in 2000. Her most recent collection, Situaties (Situations), appeared in 2006. At the start of her career as a poet - she made her debut in 1979 she carefully kept herself out of the public eye, refusing to give interviews or read from her work. All that has changed. Eva Gerlach (Margaret Dijkstra) lives in Amsterdam, is married and has two children.