Fikry El Azzouzi

Moroccan-Flemish author Fikry El Azzouzi made his debut in 2010 with Het Schapenfeest, which would be the first novel in a trilogy. Drarrie in de nacht followed in 2014 and Alleen zij rounded off the trilogy in 2016. His novel De Beloning (2019) was inspired by the 'man in the hat', one of the suspects in the terror attacks in Brussels in March 2016. He has also made his mark with theatre pieces such as Troost and Rumble in da jungle (2013), Reizen Jihad (2015) as well as Pax Europa and Alleen voor actrice Sara De Roo (2016). Together with his theatre company Jr.cE.sA.r, he has created Malcolm X (2016) and Dear Winnie (2019), two highly relevant and original multimedia theatre pieces. Besides also taking on the role as columnist for, among others, De Morgen and De Standaard, he has now written a first book for children, called Aicha en de verloren taal (2022). He has received both the Arkprijs of the Vrije Woord as well as the Ultima for Literature.