Iva Procházkováwas 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.
Her first children's book - Who´s Lost Their Marbles? - was about to be published but this was postponed indefinitely for political reasons.
Prochazkova wrote many other plays but these were allowed to be staged only in small theatres outside of Prague.
The writer immigrated to Austria.
Her play Widow Of a Poet was staged in Austria and Germany.
Her children's book TheSummer Wears Donkey`s Ears (published by Beltz und Gelberg) was on the German "Best Books of the Year" list.
Prochazkova and her husband founded The Sly Cat, a theatre for children, in Constance.
The book Season Of Secret Wishes was published. Prochazkova cooperated with a young people's theatre - On The Dock - in Bremen, Germany.
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.
Prochazkova was nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award
She worked as a producer for the Czech TV.
Prochazková wrote a script for her first full-length film Kidnapped Home, adapted from her novel. The premiere was in the winter of 2002.
Prochazkova was nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award