Ted van Lieshout

Ted van Lieshout

 

Netherlands

 

Ted van Lieshout studied at the Art Academy of Amsterdam and began designing book covers and illustrating a Dutch children’s weekly magazine. While illustrating a selection of Dutch poetry he began to write poetry for children and adults. Influenced by the loss of his own father and brother, his poems often deal with conflicting feelings and with difficult but realistic issues. His style has experimented with minimalism and word play, often with a melancholy humour, and he expertly uses both words and illustrations to tell his stories. His works include Ik ben een held (I am a hero, 1991), Gebr. (Brothers, 1996) and Hou van mij (Love me, 2009). More recently he has written and illustrated Driedelig paard (A horse in three parts, 2011) and written the picture book Boer Boris gaat naar zee (Farmer Freddie goes to the seaside, 2013). Ted van Lieshout has won the Dutch Griffels and Vlag en wimples awards for writing several times and in 2009 he won the most prestigious Dutch children’s literature award, the Theo Thijssensprijs. He was nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2014 and 2015 and was a finalist for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2014.