Tom Lanoye, born in 1958 in Sint-Niklaas (Belgium), lives and works in Antwerp and Cape Town. He studied Dutch and English literature and sociology at the University of Gent. He is firmly established in Belgian culture with his plays, novels, poems, columns and short stories. He has been the recipient of countless prizes and awards, and in 2007 he was the first Belgian ever to win one of the most important Dutch literature prizes, De Gouden Ganzenveer (The Golden Goose Feather). In Germany he is best known for Schlachten (Battles), an adaptation of Shakespeare’s history plays. He enjoyed great successes with his plays Mamma Medea and Atropa.