Ingrid Mennen is the author of picture books for children, some of which have been translated into various languages. She studied Afrikaans and English literature, art history and museology (UP, US and UCT). Ingrid lives in Newlands, Cape Town, with her husband. They have three grown-up children. Ben and the Whales and Ink are the first picture books she created with her daughter, illustrator Irene Berg. Ben en die Walvisse/Ben and the Whales has been awarded the M.E.R. Prize for best illustrated children's book 2013 and the Tienie Holloway Medal for Children’s Literature 2015.