Saara Turunen is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning author, playwright and director. Much of her work examines the themes of art, identity and social norms. Turunen is known for her two higly acclaimed novels, Love/Monster 2015 and The Bystander 2018, but also for her work in theatre. Her plays have garnered brilliant reviews, translated into numerous languages and performed all around the world. Turunen was granted with Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize in 2015, with Finland Prize in 2016, and City of Helsinki’s The Artist of the Year Prize 2018, all high profile awards given in Finland.