Saara Turunenis an internationally acclaimed and award-winning author, playwright, and director. Her plays The Bunny Girl and The Broken Heart Story have garnered brilliant reviews and been translated into 13 languages and performed in several countries. She is known for her bold and direct style and much of her work examines the themes of art, identity and social norms. In addition to her work in theatre Turunen has authored two highly acclaimed novels, Love/Monster (2015) and The Bystander (2018). Her debut novel Love/Monster won the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize in 2015. Turunen was also granted with Finland prize in 2016, a high profile award given annually by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.