An Archive Full of Voices: Wasafiri celebrates 35 years and 100 issues!

I had the great pleasure to attend the celebrations of Wasafiri Magazine’s 35th anniversairy and its 100th issue on Saturday, 9 November at the British Library in London. Founding editor Susheila Nasta together with editor and new publishing director Malachi McIntosh took guided us through their captivating programme entitled “An […] Read more

Killing it in Yorkshire: the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate

Sandra van Lente went to Harrogate to see what the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Festival was all about. Harrogate is one of “the” places to go you are interested in crime fiction – this seems to be true for readers as well as agents, editors and other “book professionals”. This […] Read more

Transitioning from Migration – The final day at Berlin’s African Book Festival 2019

Our guest author Wiebke Beushausen attended the last day of the African Book Festival and wrote two reports about the panels “Your Next Good Read” and “Should All Writers Be Feminists?” for the Literary Field Kaleidoscope. This year’s African Book Festival went by way too quickly. After three days full […] Read more

Transitioning from Migration – Berlin’s African Book Festival 2019

“TRANSITIONING FROM MIGRATION: Africa is often regarded as a continent of migration, of countries described vividly […] as ones that citizens flee from. African literature can contribute to our understanding of the causes, processes and aspirations that perpetuate this trend. In this way African literature invites us to imagine an […] Read more

From London to Leipzig – Bookfairs, Projects, Politics

Sandra van Lente berichtet von einigen Eindrücken auf ihren Kurzreisen zu den Buchmessen in London und Leipzig, von Forschungsprojekten, Buchorchestern und engagierten Gastlandautorinnen. London Book Fair – die letzte vor dem großen B*? Letzte Woche war ich nach langer Zeit zum ersten Mal wieder auf der Londoner Buchmesse. Früher fand […] Read more

#BritLitBerlin 2019: “Cities in Contemporary UK Literature”

Our guest authors Sonya Permiakova attended this year’s #BritLitBerlin conference about “Cities in Contemporary UK Literature” and shares some of her impressions with us. The programme of this year’s British Culture Literature Seminar was brought together by award-winning poet Michael Symmons Roberts – and it was due to his effort […] Read more

“Quite groggy and very happy”: An account of the first months in the Literaturhaus under the new dual leadership of Janika Gelinek and Sonja Longolius

Gesa Stedman and Sandra van Lente asked the two new directors of the Literaturhaus in an interview about their experiences with the Literaturhaus’ new concept: whether it has worked so far to engage the whole house in Fasanenstraße in their events, to open up their focus to incorporate European literature […] Read more