Rihana Jamaludin

Photo Karla Hoffman


Rihana Jamaludin (Paramaribo, 1959) worked as an artist and later on as a teacher and a coach for new immigrants in Holland, before she took up writing in 1998. Her short stories were noticed and she received a few awards, resulting in the publication of Minnewake (short stories) in 2008.

By then she was already working on two other books, and in 2009 the historical novel De Zwarte Lord (The Black Lord) was published. With this novel she earned a Debutants Grant from the Dutch Foundation for Literature (Nederlands Letterenfonds).

In 2011 the novel Kuis (Chastity) was released. This book was the Literature reading choice in 2012 for high school students in Suriname and at Curacao.

Her next book Luchtdanser (Sky Dancer) was about freerunning and urban exploring and a modest hit at multicultural schools in 2016.

Last year 2021 her newest YA historical novel was published, Geheimen van het tuinhuis (Secrets of the Summer House).

Also, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam exhibited four of her art works in 2021 (linoprints and paintings) and purchased two works.