Iva Procházková was born in Olomouc, Czechoslovakia, in 1953. She spent most of her childhood in Prague. After graduating from J. Neruda grammar school, she could not go on to university for political reasons. She worked in various jobs, among others as a cleaner and a cook. In 1983 she emigrated to Austria with her husband, the film director Ivan Pokorný, and their children. She spent eleven years in exile first in Austria and then in Germany. She wrote plays and books, the latter mainly for children and young people, with some of them gaining substantial recognition. After returning to the Czech Republic in 1995, she began to work together with Czech publishers such as Melantrich, Albatros, Amulet, Mladá Fronta, Arsci and others. She has worked for the Czech TV and is currently devoting all of her time to writing. She now lives in Prague.
Born 1953 in Olomouc, Czechoslovakia. Has lived and worked in Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic
Graduation from Neruda Grammar School in Prague.
Not allowed to enrol at the Film Academy ( FAMU ) because of her political background.
Her father, the writer Jan Prochazka, was one of the opposition leaders during
The Prague Spring (1968).
Her first play Venus` Hill was staged at the Realistic Theatre in Prague.
The play was banned by the communist regime.
1976 Her first children’s book – Who´s Lost Their Marbles? – was about to be published but this was postponed indefinitely for political reasons.
1976-83 Prochazkova wrote many other plays but these were allowed to be staged only in small theatres outside of Prague.
1983 The writer immigrated to Austria.
Her play Widow Of a Poet was staged in Austria and Germany.
Her children’s book The Summer Wears Donkey`s Ears (published by Beltz und Gelberg) was on the German “Best Books of the Year” list.
1986 Prochazkova and her husband founded The Sly Cat, a theatre for children, in Constance.
1988 The book Season Of Secret Wishes was published. Prochazkova cooperated with a young people’s theatre – On The Dock – in Bremen, Germany.
1989 Prochazkova’s book Season Of Secret Wishes won the Deutscher Jugendliteratur Preis for the best children’s book. Season Of Secret Wishes was translated into a number of languages and also published in the USA by Lothrop, Lee&Shepard Books, New York.
The writer has cooperated with many German publishers.
After the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia started working for the Czech TV in Prague.
Iva Prochazkova returned permanently to the Czech Republic and continued her literary activities.
1998 Prochazkova was nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award
1998-2001 She worked as a producer for the Czech TV.
2001 Prochazková wrote a script for her first full-length film Kidnapped Home, adapted from her novel. The premiere was in the winter of 2002.
2005 Prochazkova was nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award
List of awards and other distinctions
The Summer Wears Donkey´s Ears * The book was on the 1985 List of Best German Children´s Books; it was also awarded The Prize of the Czech Publisher Albatros 1996.
The Season of Secret Wishes * The book won the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis 1989, the Czech Prize for Young Literature, the Golden Ribbon 1992 and it was also on the list of the Best Children´s Books of the Year 1989 in the USA.
The Owl´s Song * The book was awarded the Czech Prize for Young Literature, the Golden Ribbon 1999 and got the IBBY Certificate of Honour for Writing 2000.
Five Minutes to Dinner *The book was awarded The Austrian State Prize for the Best Children’s Book 1993, the Prize of German Doctors 1993, The Literary Prize of Nordrhein-Westfallen 1994, the Czech Prize for Young Literature, the Golden Ribbon 1996 and The Prize of the Czech Publisher Albatros 1997.
Carolina, A Brief Life Story * The book was awarded The Prize of the Czech Publisher Albatros 1998.
Kidnapped Home * The book was awarded Suk 1998, the Prize of Czech Teachers.
Vincent Goes to Africa * The book was awarded Suk 2000, the Prize of Czech Librarians.
Eliah And The Granny From The Egg * The book was awarded Suk 2002, the Prize of Czech Teachers.
Rhubarb, Where Are You? * The book was awarded The Prize of the Czech Publisher Mladá Fronta 2004.
Christopher, don’t be silly and climb down again! *The book was awarded the Czech Prize for Children’s Literature, the Golden Ribbon 2005 and Suk 2004, the Prize of Czech Teachers.
Mice Belong In Heaven * The book was awarded The Czech Prize Litera Magnesia 2006 and the Czech Prize for Young Literature, the Golden Ribbon 2006.
Dance of Castaways * The book was awarded Friedrich Gerstacker Award, Germany’s oldest prize for youth literature and The Evangelical Book Award 2008
1998 * Prochazkova was nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award.
2005 * Prochazkova was nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.
2008 * Prochazkova was nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award.
The Naked * The book was awarded The Czech Prize Litera Magnesia 2010 and nominated for the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis 2009