Gilbert F. J. Van Hoeydonck is an Australian writer based in Melbourne.
He was born in Belgium and studied Dutch and English at the University of Antwerp. In 1978 he took up a limited tenure lectureship in Dutch Literature at the University of Melbourne, where he taught for six years.
Gilbert became an Australian citizen in 1983 and worked for the Victorian Government as a policy adviser and project manager in child protection and public mental health services. He participated in some high–profile child death inquiries and played a key role in the implementation of clinical outcome measurement across Victoria’s mental health services.
Gilbert now works as an independent writer and a part–time volunteer, teaching English to recently arrived migrants and refugees. He has published a number of short stories and is preparing The Shadows Cast by a Falling Child, his first novel, for publication.