Benny Lindelauf

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English publication of Tortot!

Tuesday November 7th, 2017 · 03:54 PM

In November ‘Tortot, the cold fish who lost his world and found his heart’ will be in bookshops all through the UK. It is published with bravoure by Pushkin Children’s books and Laura Watkinson made a magical translation:

‘Hack, hack, hack, chop the foe in the pot!

Whack, whack, whack, let’s cook him nice and hot! 


(Nederlands) nominatie Kinder- en Jeugdjury Vlaanderen

Wednesday May 24th, 2017 · 12:24 PM


Tortot has again been nominated! This time in Belgium for the Children-and Youthjury Flanders’. Eight books have been nominated in the readers agegroup 14-16 years. Fellownominee Gerda van Erkel will also enter the competition, with her book ‘When Mountains cry’ together with six other nominees. Readers will read the book between september 2017 and april 2018…


nomination ‘Golden Frame’ for Tortot

Thursday March 30th, 2017 · 12:48 PM


‘How Tortot lost his fish’s heart has again been nominated. This time it’s nominated for ‘the Golden Frame’ a prize for the best book for young people between 12 en 15 years. The jury only choose two books in the category  ‘originally dutch work’. My  fellow-nominee is Gerda van Erkel for her book ‘when mountains cry’. The winner will be announced at 21th of April.


Nomination Woutertje Pieterseprijs 2017

Wednesday February 22nd, 2017 · 06:39 PM


‘How Tortot lost his fish’s heart’  of Ludwig and me has been nominated for the Woutertje Pieterseprijs 2017. The nomination is very welcome. The chances of winning the prize? The other six nominated books are strong competitors and beautiful books, so we’ll see. The event will be held at the 8th of April at de Brakke Grond in Amsterdam.


visiting Bologna

Thursday February 16th, 2017 · 10:25 AM


From 3-9 april 2017 I will be visiting Italy. A small reading tour in honour of my nomination for the Premio Strega. I will make my appearance on the childrens bookfair in Bologna, but we will also visit some school and libraries. I’m talking in plural now, because Anna Becchi (translator, organisator, chefcook and literairy bulldozer) will accompany me on the trip. She said: ‘Bologna is a dangerous city.’ I already got visions of the Italian maffia but the danger appears to come from an unexpected (culinairy) angle: fresh pasta and pizza and icecream. Italy in spring, what a punishment.

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