Alena Ježková

Born 6.10.1966, grew up in central Prague, graduated from the College of Philosophy at Charles University in the fields of Czech language and education (1989) and a doctorate at Academy of Contemporary Art in the field of art theory (2007).

Worked as an independent publicist, later functioned six years as a reporter, editor, and vice editor-in-chief of the weekly magazine, Reflex. In the years 2000 - 2002, served as the director for the Bureau of public relations at the Municipality of Prague. In the years 2002 - 2004, worked in public relations and communications agencies. Since 2004, acts as an independent consultant in the field of public relations, for example, was involved on the project of creating a singular presence of Czech Republic abroad. Lately, is mainly devoted to writing books aimed at popularizing history for both children and adults.

Is the author of permanent historical exhibits, King's Court at The Powder Gate, and The Bells of Prague at St. Nicholas cathedral in Prague. Presently, is involved in the project Pearls of Czech Republic, which is a part of the program EXPO 2010, as well as a ČT project, Seven Wonders of Czech Republic.

Bibliography:

  • Hrochoslon (Hippofant; Knihcentrum, 1998) - a fairy tale for children
  • Praha babka měst (Prague Mother of Cities; Albatros 2002) - a nontraditional historical Prague guidebook
  • Staré pověsti české a moravské (The Oldest Czech and Moravan Legends; Albatros 2005) - a modern adaptation of the oldest Czech myths and legends
  • Karel IV. (Práh, 2005) - a popular biography of Charles IV
  • Příběhy z Dalimila (Stories of Dalimil´s Chronicle;Národní knihovna, 2006) - annotated illuminations of Dalimil's chronicle
  • 77 pražských legend (77 Prague Legends; Práh, 2006) - a selection of Old Prague legends and myths, in English, Fr, Sp, It, Ger, Rus languages too
  • Strážci pražských ulic (Custodians of Prague Streets; Mladá Fronta, 2006) - stories of Prague house symbols and insignia
  • 55 českých legend z hradů, zámků a měst (55 Czech legends Práh, 2007) - a selection of legends from notable places in Czech Republic
  • 22 Czech Legends (Práh, 2007) - a selection of the most beautiful of Czech myths in English, Fr, Sp, It, Ger languages
  • Příběhy českých knížat a králů (Stories of Czech Kings and Princes; Albatros, 2007) - stories of prominent people in Czech history
  • House Insignia of Ancient Prague (Práh, 2008) - stories of Prague house symbols and insignia in English, Fr, Ger, Sp, It
  • Prahou kráčí lev (The Lion Prague Hunt; Práh, 2008) - a poetic tale about Prague for children, in English too
  • 33 moravských legend (33 Moravian Legends; Práh, 2009) - a selection of Moravian myths
  • Řecké báje (Greek Myths; Albatros, 2009) - a new retelling of old Greek myths and legends
  • 3 mothers and father (with autors N. Kocábová and B. Nesvadboví; Brio, 2010) - three novels about one thema
  • Baba Jaga, kostlivá noha (Albatros, 2011) - a new retelling folk Russian fairy tales
  • Dračí polévka (Albatros 2011) - story of Vietnamese boy growing up in Prague

Awards:

  • 2003 - Zlatá stuha (Gold Ribbon)for the book Praha, babka měst
  • 2003 - Teachers' award for advancement of children's interest in reading for the book Praha, babka měst
  • 2002 - An honorary award from the publisher Albatros for the book Praha, babka měst
  • 2006 - Teachers' award for the book Staré pověsti české a moravské
  • 2006 - Librarians' award for the book Staré pověsti české a moravské
  • 2006 - Teachers' award for the book Příběhy českých knížat a králů
  • 2006 - Nominated for the Zlatá stuha (Gold Ribbon) award for the book Staré pověsti české a moravské
  • 2006 - Publisher's award Albatros for the book Staré pověsti české a moravské
  • 2007 - International award White Raven for Staré pověsti české a moravské
  • 2007 - Publisher's award Albatros for the book Příběhy českých knížat a králů
  • 2008 - 1st place in the children's poll for the most-read book 55 českých legend
  • 2008 - Teachers' award for the book Příběhy českých knížat a králů
  • 2008 - Nominated for the Zlatá stuha (Gold Ribbon) 2007 award for the book Příběhy českých knížat a králů
  • 2009 - Nominated for Magnesia Litera for the book Prahou kráčí lev
  • 2009 - Most Beautiful Children´s Book 2008 for Prahou kráčí lev
  • 2009 - Teachers' award for advancement of children's interest in reading for the book Prahou kráčí lev
  • 2009 - 2nd place in the children's poll for the most-read book of 2008 for the book Prahou kráčí lev
  • 2010 - Honour list IBBY 2010 for the book Příběhy českých knížat a králů
  • 2010 - Librarians' award for the book Řecké báje