(Den Helder, 1938) writes plays and stories for both children and adults. In Surinam, her father's native country, she was a member of the writers group Moetete (1968), and was the co-founder of the Doe-theater (Do theater) (1970-1983), which after 1973 has grown into the first professional theater company of Surinam. From time to time she also worked for the Surinam television, for which in 1965 she wrote the scenario Grootvaders klok (Grandfather's clock), which was Surinam's first short television film. After having lived in Surinam for 22 years, Thea Doelwijt returned to the Netherlands (native country of her mother) in 1983, and lives and works here now. Doelwijt has written several books. Her most recent book is O sekoer! Help! (2000), a story about a Surinam boy who, together with his grandmother, has an adventure in France. In 2003 the book En toen en toen en toen (And then and then and then) appeared in Surinam. This consiists of a collection of compositions by children, especially written for Thea Doelwijt during the children's book festival in Paramaribo. In 1998 and 2003 Doelwijt revived in Surinam two popular opera's about the slavery period : De Gouden Koe (The golden cow), which was also performed in the Netherlands, and De Diamanten Du (The diamand Du), which will be on tour in the Netherlands in February 2004.
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Once apon a time there was a girl, that climbed to the top of a tower of books, high above the clouds. What is the view like up there? Is she safe? What will become of her? Authors Manon Uphoff and Thea Doelwijt, writer and performer Said El Haji, philosopher and writer André Klukhuhn, author and stand-up comedian Joke van Leeuwen and poet and rebel Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer wrote a fairy-tale for her. They give her a future, perhaps they will even present her with an ideal. Will she be happy? Listen to six adult fairy-tales and a conversation with the writers, led by Michaël Zeeman.
Three Surinamese women have their own view on our country. Two of them live in Holland: dramatist Thea Doelwijt and journalist and writer Mala Kishoendajal. She recently published the novel Boegbeeld on the politician Tara Singh Varma, who simulated terminal illnesss. The new Surinamese writing talent Marylin Simons comes over from Suriname for Winternachten. She won the Kwakoe literature prize for the best debut of the year. Michiel van Kempen, expert on Surinamese literature, leads the discussion.