Category Archives: Literary Events

Riveting Germans: Writers and translators reflect 30 years after the fall of the Wall.

I was thrilled to hear about this event, Riveting Germans: After the Wall, hosted by Rosie Goldsmith of the European Literature Network and featuring, among others, one of my favourite German writers, Julia Franck. ( Her novel The Blind Side … Continue reading

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The Radetzky March Spring Readalong- Part 2

Well, I’ve marched through Part Two this weekend and enjoyed much of the novel. I’m going to ramble on a bit in general and then answer some of the questions. This section covers the period when Carl Josef has been … Continue reading

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The Radetzky March Spring Readalong- Part 1

What fun to be reading along for #germanlitmonth with Joseph Roth’s The Radetzky March! Now this book, in the elegant Penguin Classics Edition translated by Joachim Neugroschel, was already on my shelves. I’d read it before and it only clicked … Continue reading

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A gem of a festival in South West France- Festilitt at Parisot.

What could be more delightful than to spend a warm golden October weekend in the south of France amongst books and book lovers? This is what the small village of Parisot in the département of Tarn-et-Garonne has offered for the … Continue reading

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Meike Ziervogel and Hamid Ismailov- ‘The Art of Translation’ at Off the Shelf, Sheffield

One of the many treats on offer at this year’s Off the Shelf Festival of Words in Sheffield was an evening with Meike Ziervogel and Hamid Ismailov.  Meike Ziervogel  is the founder  of Peirene Press, a small  independent publishing house in … Continue reading

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Sunjeev Sahota- The Year of the Runaways

As a Sheffielder I was intrigued to see that Sunjeev Sahota’s Man Booker shortlisted ‘The Year of the Runaways’ is set in Sheffield, but after reading it walking round the Botanical Gardens will never be the same again : three … Continue reading

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Hooray for Independent Bookshops

I’ve been delirious with delight at finding another brilliant Independent bookshop-Review Bookshop in Bellenden Road, Peckham, London-which has a remarkable selection of foreign fiction in translation, eg My Documents, a collection of short stories by the Chilean writer, Alejandro Zambra, … Continue reading

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Highlights of the Literary Translation Centre at London Book Fair 2015

The sessions I enjoyed most at the LBF’s Literary Translation Session this year there were not to do with the nuts and bolts of translation, but rather with broader questions of bringing literature to new audiences in translation. So I … Continue reading

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Ulrike Almut Sandig- Poetry reading at University of Sheffield

Thanks very much to the Dept of Germanic Studies at the University of Sheffield for organising this event where the German poet, Ulrike Almut Sandig read from her poetry and prose collections. Ulrike Almut Sandig grew up in the former … Continue reading

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25th Anniversary of the Berlin Wall !

Yes and how to imagine what this was like for the people of Germany? There are plenty of films around dealing with life in a divided Germany (see Margarete von Trotta’s ‘Das Versprechen’, Christian Petzold’s ‘Barbara’ and of course ‘Das … Continue reading

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