Tom Lanoye (Belgium) is an award-winning, highly acclaimed novelist, poet and playwright. He is a best-selling author and makes regular appearances at major European festivals. His novel Fortunate Slaves (2013) sold over 50,000 copies and was shortlisted for both the Libris Literature Prize and the AKO Literature Prize 2014. His bestseller Speechless (2009) was awarded several major prizes and has been voted one of the most popular 'new classics' in Flemish literature. He lives in Antwerp and Capetown.