Two new competitions for Germanists

Two new competitions have opened for German students of all ages:

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The 4
th DAAD-IMLR German Writing Competition

Following on from the success of the last three years’ competitions organised by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the IMLR, we are again joining forces to launch the fourth writing competition for all learners and lovers of German.

This year, the task ties in with the 500th anniversary of Luther’s publication of his 95 theses that sparked the Reformation. Put yourself in the shoes of a time-travelling spy: you overhear a conversation between Luther or one of his German, Austrian or Swiss contemporaries (real or imagined) and a figure from public life in 2017 Britain. Is the German-speaking 16th-century time traveller debating Brexit with Boris Johnson or comparing sporting skills with Andy Murray? Does Jamie Oliver try to revolutionise the cooking skills of Reformation Germany? Write down what you hear! The only two rules: the dialogue must be written in German and it must not be longer than 350 words.

The competition is open to students at secondary schools, sixth-formers, undergraduates, postgraduates and anybody else who feels up to the challenge! Submissions are welcome from single authors and from pairs of contributors, and they must be submitted online.

The online portal to submit dialogue contributions will be open from 6 October. Watch this space! For any queries in the meantime, please contact Vanessa at Huebner@daad.org.uk

Further information

Closing date: Monday, 23 October 2017

Prizes 

  • A workshop with translation and theatre practitioners
  • Book prizes
  • VIP guided tours through exhibitions in London

Prize-Giving: The prize-giving will take place on Monday, 11 December 2017, in London.

The competition is organised by the DAAD London, the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR) and the Goethe Institute London, and is supported by the German and the Swiss Embassies in London and the Austrian Cultural Forum.

 

Two Chairs Creative Writing Competition (English/ German)

The ‘Two Chairs Creative Writing Competition’ invites creative written responses to the Hafis-Goethe Denkmal in Weimar. The sculpture, depicting two chairs, embodies issues of inter-cultural encounter and communication, both from the point of view of ‘cultural specificity’ and also by exploring the possibility of non-binary relationships between faiths, communities and cultures in the widest sense.

Some basic points to note are:

  • You can write in English or in German;
  • Your piece can be a poem, short story or piece of prose no more than 1000 words in length;
  • The entry categories will be under 18s and over 18s, with a piece in English and in German picked from each (four winners in total); prizes will be £250 each.
  • The competition launches on Monday 25 September 2017. The final date for entries is 2 March 2018, 5pm.
  • Entires should be sent electronically (see particulars) to Dr Carly Hegenbarth: C.Hegenbarth@warwick.ac.uk

The winning entries will be selected by a panel of judges including poet Ian McMillan, Prof. Karen Leeder (Oxford), and up-and-coming UK poets Hanan Issa and Momtaza Mehri. Winners will receive a £250 cash prize each, and an invitation to performance and writing workshop with McMillan, Issa and Mehri in Oxford, May 2018.

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WDR podcast on WG Sebald

WDR has just published a podcast on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the death of German writer and academic WG Sebald, who is considered to be one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. The podcast looks back on the life and works of Sebald who emigrated to England at the age of 22. The podcast also includes contributions by Aston’s expert on WG Sebald – Dr Uwe Schütte.

You can listen to the podcast (in German) here.

Writer in Residence Ulrich Peltzer

German at Aston is proud to be hosting critically acclaimed writer Ulrich Peltzer as part of the German Academic Exchange Service’s (DAAD) Writer in Residence programme. Peltzer is with us from 28 Nov until 8 Dec.
During his time at Aston, the author will read from his latest novel Das bessere Leben. He will also give a research seminar on “Political Writing Today: Film and Prose”, where he will discuss his novels and his film scripts for some of Berlin School director Christoph Hochhäusler’s films with Prof Julian Preece from Swansea University.
On 7 Dec, Peltzer will appear at Birmingham’s Waterstones bookshop to discuss his break-through novel Teil der Lösung (Part of the Solution) and his experience as an author living and writing in Berlin.

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Ulrich Peltzer and Uwe Schütte

Rauriser Literaturpreis 2016 awarded to Hanna Sukare

Our literary expert Uwe Schütte was a member of the jury who awarded this year’s Rauris Prize for Literature to Hanna Sukare. The award recognises the best German-language prose debut of the year. Not strictly speaking a young debutante, Sukare is 59 years old and lives in Vienna. Her excellent novel Staubzunge was published by Otto Müller in Salzburg.

 

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Rauris is a small alpine town in the Salzburg region of Austria. It is famous for its annual literary festival which will take place this year from 30 March to 3 April. Find out more about the event here.

 

 

 

 

Sebald Radio Programme with Uwe Schütte

On Tuesday, 26 January, at 8.04 pm the Saarländischer Rundfunk (SR) will broadcast a 2.5 hrs programme on the writer W.G. Sebald. On the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day, the programme will discuss, amongst other topics, howW.G. Sebald Sebald’s literary writings dealt with the atrocities of the Holocaust. Infos on the programme can be found on the Sebald blog VERTIGO.

Among the  experts interviewed is our colleague Uwe Schütte, whose PhD was supervised by Sebald. He will argue, however, that it is a mis-conception to regard Sebald as an author of Holocaust fiction. Sebald, in his view, actually questioned the uniqueness of the Holocaust, which he considered a part of an overarching destructive tendency he called the “natural history of destruction”.

You can listen to the programme via the SR Lifestream here.

Uwe Schütte on Pop Music and Literary Writing

The leading German literary magazine VOLLTEXT was re-launched today with its title story written by our colleague Uwe Schütte.

SScreen Shot 2015-12-21 at 21.19.52tretching over seven pages, “Poetry + Electricity = Rock’n’Roll” takes its title from a quote by Patti Smith. The essay deals with the overlap between pop music lyrics and high-brow poetry but also looks at novels recently written by pop musicians.

You can download Uwe’s essay here.