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Inese Zandere | Latvia

(b 1958 in Dobele) –  she graduated from the University of Latvia with a degree in philosophy in 1981; she taught philosophy and sociology at the Latvian State University and worked as an editor at the Avots publishing house and in the daily newspaper “Diena”, and was a publisher of a children’s newspaper from 1987 to 1990. She is one of the founders-editors of the magazine “Rīgas laiks”, which focused the centre of intellectual life in Latvia since its first edition in 1993. She is also one of the founders and editors-in-chief of the publishing company “Liels un mazs”. She is a member of Latvian Writers Union, Latvian Authors’ Society. She published three collections of poetry for adults and fifteen volumes of poetry and fairy tales for children. Her collection of poetry for adults Melnāsčūskas maiznīca (2003)  received Ojārs Vācietis Prize, “Diena” Annual Culture Award and the national Literary Prize in 2004. She received the award of the Ministry of Culture for contribution to the development of children’s literature (2007) and the Three Star Order – the highest state award of the Republic of Latvia (2008). She’s engaged in the activity of IBBY-Latvia (International Board on Books for Young People). Her Iekšiņa un Āriņa (2002), a volume of poetry for children, with four editions thus far, is enjoyed by both readers and literary critics and has received four literary awards for children’s literature, including the state Literary Award in 2003. Her poems, fairy tales, games and scenarios for educational events for children have been used by Latvian National Opera and the Latvian Public Radio  Radio Theatre in their theatre productions.  Many poems inspired composes to compose pieces of music and several served as a basis for animated films.  Zandere’s work has been translated into many languages, including Russian, English, Swedish, German, Lithuanian, Hungarian, Czech, Ukrainian, Poland, Bulgarian and Moldovan.

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