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Tessa Leuwsha


TESSA LEUWSHA (Amsterdam, 1967) lives in Suriname, South-America, since 1996. She studied tourism management and English in Amsterdam.
She wrote the guidebook Wereldwijzer Suriname (Elmar), which from 1997 up to now has been published in several revisions.
In 2002 she was awarded the incentive Kwakoe Literature Award for her story For William.Her debut novel, de Parbo-blues (Augustus, Amsterdam-Antwerpen), was well received by the media. De Parbo-blues was nominated for the Dutch Women & Culture Award in 2006 and the Debutant Award 2006.

Tessa Leuwsha’s second novel Solo, een liefde, (Augustus, 2009) on ambition and desire in colonial Suriname was well reviewed by distinguished media in the Netherlands, such as NRC Handelsblad, the VPRO gids and HP/de Tijd. Solo, een liefde was nominated for the Black Magic Woman Literature Award 2009.

Her latest book Fansi' stilte (2015) follows the live of her Surinamese grandmother back to the days of slavery. Fansi's stilte received positive attention by both television and written press in the Netherlands and in Suriname.  

Tessa Leuwsha has written columns, articles and book reviews for various media in Suriname. She took part in several international literary festivals, including the Winternachten festival in The Hague and the festivals Werelden in ontmoeting and Boekids in Paramaribo.

The Foundation High Dive Creation, for which Tessa Leuwsha is chairman, promotes literature among young people in Suriname. At this moment Tessa Leuwsha works with the foundation Bonama and the Danpaati River Lodge on the realization of a community center in the interior. This community center in the village Dan includes a library as well as audiovisual material for children. For grown ups a literacy program has started.  

upper suriname region Tessa Leuwsha 

Community center in the village Dan, Upper Suriname region 


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