Rodaan Al Galidi
Rodaan Al Galidi (1971) is a poet and writer. Born in Iraq, trained as an architectural engineer, he has lived in the Netherlands since 1998, where he taught himself to read and write Dutch. He has written five novels and seven volumes of poetry, and has been nominated for a number of prizes. The Autist and the Carrier Pigeon (2009) was awarded with the prestigious European Union’s Literature Prize in 2011, the same year he failed his citizenship course.