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Tine Mortier

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Tine Mortier (b. 1970) is a Flemish writer. She studied translation (English-Spanish) in Ghent and lived for a year in South America. Mortier writes books for children, short stories and reviews for, among others, Leeswelp and Cutting Edge. She also teaches creative writing in Kortrijk and regularly gives writing workshops. Her work is published by De Eenhoorn.

Tine Mortier debuted in 2005 with the children’s book Zoeperman, a story about a four-year-old superhero. Since then she has published about twenty books, including De 6e dag (2007), Angèle de Verschrikkelijke (2010) and Mare en de dingen (2010; published in English as Maia and What Matters), which was illustrated by Kaatje Vermeire. Her latest work is Min of meer per ongeluk (2015), a highly imaginative story about loss and letting go, and the magical power of the imagination. In her other work too Mortier tackles difficult themes such as loss and mourning, and racism and being different.

Mortier’s work has won several awards, among others the Vlag en Wimpel (for Angèle de Verschrikkelijke) and the Premie van de Provincie West-Vlaanderen (for Bruin!). Her work has been translated into eight languages, including French, English, Chinese and Arabic.

In December 2015 Tine Mortier’s adaptation of Stijn Streuvels’s Kerstvertellingen was put on in the Lijsternest, where she will spend a month-long residency in the autumn of 2016. During this time she will work on a theatre book for children in 3rd primary and, in collaboration with Esther Platteeuw, on a horror story in the form of a graphic novel.

Learn more about the writer and her work on her website.

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