Storytelling and Political Activism: “Refugee Tales” and its Call to End Indefinite Immigration Detention in the UK

Our guest author Jana Wiggenhauser writes about the Refugee Tales project, questions of representation and agency, the power of storytelling, and what might happen if people actually listen and take action.  “Maybe the real story begins here in this office, before you press record and we look in the mirror […] Read more

“Das Buchorchester” – Women in Publishing and the Making of Books

It is a truth universally acknowledged that you need more than an author in order to create a book. While translators are at least sometimes mentioned on the cover or imprint, other people and their tasks are even less visible: editors, graphic designers, editors, typesetters and many more. On top […] Read more

Kann man eine Lüge dichten? Thekla Dannenbergs Bericht von der Leipziger Buchmesse

Kann man eine Lüge dichten? Thekla Dannenberg fasst ihre Eindrücke von der Leipziger Buchmesse zusammen, die von der Debatte um rechte Verlage, aber auch von Copyright-Fragen und den Überlebenschancen kleiner Verlage bestimmt war.  Wie schon in Frankfurt war auch die Buchmesse in Leipzig von der Debatte um rechte Verlage geprägt. […] Read more

Nasty, Impressive, Moving, and Inspiring Women

On this year’s International Women’s Day, Sandra van Lente writes about the essay collection Nasty Women and the publishing house that produced it: the independent Scottish publisher 404ink, founded and run by Laura Jones and Heather McDaid. I would like to use this year’s International Women’s Day to draw your […] Read more

Writing in Migration – Berlin’s First African Literary Festival

With this short post Sandra van Lente would like to draw your attention to the literary agency InterKontinental and the festival its founders organise this April: “Writing in Migration”. Let me start with “Writing in Migration”. The festival celebrates African literature and takes place 26-28 April at the Babylon in […] Read more