“You will always be our brothers and sisters” – Poetry and Indigenous Languages from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales

“Strength lies in Celtic and European unity” – this could have been the motto of Tuesday’s event entitled Muttersprache which took place at the Centre for British Studies and was co-organised by The Literary Field Kaleidoscope, Read more

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

Caution: Reading in Progress! We’re all mad here…

Sandra van Lente meldet sich aus London, wo sie zusammen mit Dr Anamik Saha an der Goldsmiths Universität im Projekt „Rethinking ‚Diversity‘ in Pubishing“ aktiv ist. Hier stellt sie kurz drei Bücher vor, die ihren Weg vielleicht nicht unbedingt in den deutschen Buchhandel finden werden (was sehr schade wäre): Bernardine […] 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

Knights Of Books Make the Perfect Christmas Present: Treat the Small Human in Your Life to One This Year

Our guest author Melanie Ramdarshan Bold introduces us to the indie publisher Knights Of, whose books want to “give windows into as many worlds as possible”, and explains how they have been disrupting the UK publishing industry. And as Christmas is around the corner, Melanie also included some recommendations for […] Read more

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

Dead Ladies – Very Much Alive!

You can complain about the sad fact that women and their achievements are underrepresented in mainstream media as well as school and university curricula and public events – or you can do something about it and initiate change. A team of three committed Berliners chose the latter and created “The […] 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

Representation of Women in the Literary Field – Can Blogs make a Difference?

On Wednesday, 14 September 2016, the German Women in Publishing – BücherFrauen e.V. – in Berlin invited their audience to discuss the opportunities that blogging offers in terms of participation and representation of women in the atmospheric Literaturhaus in Berlin. The two bloggers Zoë Beck (www.zoebeck.net and www.herlandnews.com) and Sabine […] Read more