Short biography

Andrea Hensgen © Jeannette Faure
Andrea Hensgen © Jeannette Faure

Andrea Hensgen


June, July, August 2022

Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur des Landes Brandenburg

Andrea Hensgen grew up in a very small village on the French/Luxembourg border. This childhood among woods and meadows, barns and stables, cranky farmers and quirky neighbors is still the treasure from which her joy in storytelling draws. In order to put into practice the decision she made at an early age to become a writer, she completed a degree in literary studies in Saarbrücken. In the process, she discovered the great works of European literature.

Her engagement with the intellectual traditions of Europe has shaped her work to this day, ever since her first books, novels for young people. Philosophical questions are at the center of all her work. Her gaze is directed above all to those designs of successful life that European culture has produced. In the meantime, she has published novels, short stories and also a novella in the field of fiction. At the same time, her oeuvre includes children's books, picture books with and without words, and non-fiction books on early education and gardening topics.

Her work has received many awards and grants in various European countries.

Today, Andrea Hensgen lives in the middle of Sachsenhausen, a district of Frankfurt, just as lively and full of whimsical contemporaries as her village was back then.