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Bibliodiversity, Fair Speech and Cultural Resilience –
an Interview with the Feminist Author and Publisher Susan Hawthorne

This spring, I had the great pleasure to meet Susan Hawthorne, who was invited to Berlin by the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin and spoke on account of the publication of the German translation of her book “Bibliodiversity”, translated by Doris Hermanns and published by Verbrecher Verlag in March 2017 (link). In […] Read more

“A Counter-History of Crime Fiction” by Maurizio Ascari – Rediscovering the Origins of a Genre

Today, Katarina Živković, one of our students at the Centre for British Studies in Berlin, reviews Maurizio Ascari’s A Counter-History of Crime Fiction and tells us why it captured her. While doing research for a university paper, I happened to stumble upon a slender little volume that claimed to provide […] Read more

The Literary Field in France – a Glimpse at our Neighbours

France will be the Guest of Honour at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair. How familiar are you with their culture, literature and markets so far? The Literary Field Kaleidoscope offers you a first glimpse at our neighbouring literary field – and next week an interview with an independent bookseller in […] Read more

World Book Day

Many countries all over the world celebrate World Book Day on 23 April. Many, but not all of them. The British, those little rebels, celebrated it on 2 March this year. Why? I don’t know and couldn’t find out. Explanations are very welcome. The United Nations ‘invented’ this day in […] Read more

London Book Fair 2017

Serdecznie witamy to London – and do widzenia again! This week, the London Book Fair opened and closed its doors to agents, authors, booksellers, translators, academics, and many other people working in the literary field. Curiously enough, the official LBF page doesn’t really say anything about visitor numbers – so […] Read more

British Films at the Berlinale

In this review article, Jürgen Enkemann comments on the three British movies screened at this year‘s Berlin International Film Festival, the Berlinale 2017. They feature love and deceit, gentrification and midlife crises as well as a historical fight for independence. However, it seems as if previous contributions were stronger than […] Read more

#BritLitBerlin 2017: Diverse Voices, New Directions

On 26-28 January, the 32th British Council Literature Seminar opened its doors at the ever-inspiring Werkstatt der Kulturen (link). Seven authors and many seminar participants discussed the topic “Diverse Voices, New Directions”. This is the attempt of a summary plus links for further reading (at the end of the post). Read more