Rodaan Al Galidi
Rodaan Al Galidi is a poet and writer. Born in Iraq and trained as a civil engineer, he has lived in the Netherlands since 1998. As an undocumented asylum seeker he did not have the right to attend language classes, so he taught himself to read and write Dutch. Al Galidi has previously published five novels and seven books of poetry in Dutch, and has been nominated for a number of prizes. His novel The Autist and the Carrier Pigeon (2009) was crowned with the prestigious European Union’s Literature Prize in 2011—the same year he failed his citizenship course. 2016 saw the publication of his well-received poetry collection Refrigerator Light. How I Found the Talent for Living is his sixth novel.