(Rotterdam, 1989) writes prose, plays and non-fiction. Her chapbook De benen van Petrovski (Petrovski's Legs), a literary account of her trip to the Ukraine, where her grandmother comes from and a large part of her family still lives, was published in 2016. It's a story about seeing and taking chances, about generational cohorts and their uncertain future, about a country in which Weeda is unsure whether she should feel at home. In the next four years she is conducting research in and about the Soviet Union for her debut, which will be published in 2020 by De Bezige Bij. Weeda graduated from ArtEZ Creative Writing in 2015. She creates the literary program Mooie Woorden (Beautiful Words) in Utrecht, teaches at institutes like ArtEZ and the Rockacademie, and has published work in De Revisor, Tirade, Das Magazin, De Titaan and De Optimist.(2017)
Archive available for: Lisa Weeda
A unique opportunity to meet two international literary stars and hear about their books, which have recently become available in the Netherlands. Lisa Weeda, writer and professor at ArtEZ School for the Arts, goes one on one for a half hour each with Nino Haratischwili (Germany/Georgia) and Alain Mabanckou (Republic of Congo) about their motivation to write, the source of their characters, and the worldwide success of their books.
Haratischwili had an international breakthrough in 2014 with The Eighth Life (for Brilka). In this award-winning, 1300-page epic, the Hamburg-based Georgian writer tells the story of the fictitious Georgian Jasji family.
The lastest book by Congolese novelist Mabanckou is Petit Piment, translated into English in 2017 with the title Black Moses. It humorously describes the life of a boy who escapes the strict regime of an orphanage to move to the coastal city of Pointe-Noire, where he lives among thieves and whores.