Toon Tellegen was born in 1941 on one of the islands in the south-west of the Netherlands. He is one of the best-known Dutch writers, with a long list of awards to his name. In 2007 he received two major prizes for his entire oeuvre. He considers himself in the first place a poet and has published more than twenty collections of poetry to date, but he is also a novelist and a prolific and popular children’s author. Toon Tellegen lives in Amsterdam with his wife, and worked as a GP until his recent retirement. In 2011, his collection Raptors, translated into English by Judith Wilkinson, won The Poetry Society’s Popescu Prize for European Poetry in Translation.