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Joke van Leeuwen

The Netherlands

© Chris van Houts

As a child, Joke van Leeuwen (1952) wrote and illustrated her own newspaper, but it wasn’t until 1978 that things really started happening for her. This was also the year she published her first children’s book and won every prize at the Cameretten festival for her first comedy show. She has appeared on stage many times and she has also always illustrated her own children’s books. Since the 1990s, Van Leeuwen has also written poems and books for adults. Her work has been translated into more than 20 languages and has won many awards. She received the C. Buddingh’ prize for her debut poetry collection, won several Zilveren Griffels (Silver Stylus awards) for her children’s books, and she has three oeuvre prizes to her name. On Sunday 16 September Van Leeuwen will be discussing her latest novel Hier (Querido) at the ILFU Book Parade.