Aston competes in “Sauerkraut Cup” football tournament

On May 1st, 2010, German Departments from up and down the country met in Manchester for the football tournament “Sauerkraut Cup”. 20 teams from UK universities as well as one team from the German Embassy in London and a team of football-enthusiastic German writers took part. The event also included a “fan song” competition – in German – as part of the DAAD’s “think german” programme to promote the learning of German as a foreign language in the UK. The Aston team had a great time, played very well, but unfortunately missed the quarter-final stage by only one goal!

All in all, the event was highly enjoyable and students are eager to compete again next year!

For more pictures, go to our Facebook page “German at Aston” at !



Another Aston student makes an impression…

Karina Burrowes wasn’t the only Aston placement student featured in a German local newspaper. Bethany Stanney, who was interviewed for the paper’s “Faces & Stories” section, is currently working as an English language assistant in a Realschule in Walsrode, a small town in Lower Saxony.

She says she loves teaching the students about things that aren’t in their schoolbooks; as a native speaker, she is able to teach them those “small words” that make a language authentic. When she brought her Blackpool school uniform to class, it led to a spirited discussion about the pros and cons of uniforms; and students who do exceptionally well are rewarded with “Blackpool rock”, a sweet delicacy from Beth’s home town.

bethany stanney walsrode

Writer in Residence 2010


This year, Aston will welcome Jörg Albrecht as the DAAD sponsored Writer in Residence.

Jörg was born in 1981 and has received critical acclaim reputation with a number of screen plays and the two novels he has published so far.

His latest novel, Sternstaub, Goldfunk, Silberstreif (2008), is a literary account and a (popular) cultural history of the German contribution to space travel, from here to nowhere. It has been widely acclaimed as one of the most original books to emerge in German literature recently.

Recent publication by Uwe Schütte

edited by Uwe Schütte edited by Uwe Schütte

Edmund Mach, Uwe Schütte (Hg.): Meine abenteuerlichen Schriften. Gedichte und Prosa 1965–1996. Wien: Picus Verlag (ISBN 978-3-85452-643-8)

Uwe has recently published a collection of poems and prose writings of Austrian author Edmund Mach which provides valuable insight into this fascinating writer who spent most of his life in psychiatric care.

Go here for a review of the book in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung.

Go here for a short clip on Uwe’s book and on Mach for Austrian TV.

Go here for more information on the book on the publisher’s website.

StudentSpeak Undergraduate conference

On 5 June 2010, Aston’s department of Sociology and Public Policy is pleased to host StudentSpeak – a conference which will allow undergraduate students to make real contributions to defining, studying and intervening in the pressing social problems of our time and provide a forum for critical discussion amongst peers and academics.

For more information, go here or contact Dr. Sarah Amsler on .

Writer in Residence 2009

Lorenz Schröter Lorenz Schröter

In 2009, our Writer in Residence was Lorenz Schröter: In addition to being known as a German “pioneer of pop journalism”, Lorenz has published a number of novels – Das Buch der Liebe (2007), Lucy (2002), Venuspassage (2001) etc. He has lived in Hongkong, cycled around the world, and travelled through Germany in the company of a donkey (Mein Esel Bella, 2000). His first collection of nautical trivia, Das kleine Kielschwein (2006) has been translated into 7 languages (The little book of the sea, 2007) and was followed by Das kulinarische Kielschwein (2007) and Die kleine Kielsau (2008).

Writer in Residence 2007

Jan Volker Röhnert Jan Volker Röhnert

In 2007, the award-winning German poet and writer Jan Volker Röhnert came to Aston to hold student workshop and to read from his works. He has written about the renowned German poet Rolf Dieter Brinkmann, has translated from both French and English, and has published a number of poetry collections, e.g. Metropolen (2007), Sonnenquartette (2006), Die Hingabe, endloser Kokon (2005).

In one of the workshops, a group of 1st year students created a back-translation of Jan’s poem “Nach Kenneth Koch”, inspired by Kenneth Koch’s poem “A big clown-face-shaped clowd“:

Nach Kenneth Koch Einer Wolke großes Clowngesicht

Flog eben hier vorbei

Ohne daß Dich irgend jemand sah.

Für eine Wolke ziemlich wohlgebaut

Blieben dir gerad ein paar Minuten

um zu leben.

Du sprachst etwas, oder es schien mir so:

Weit aufgesperrter Mund, der sich

Mit einer engelsgleichen Wolke unterhält

Die eilig vor ihm in die Höhe steigt.


Im Wagen der grünen Metrolinie, unter

dem Wort Wolke saßt

du engelsgleich und last

in einem Buch und sahst

mich an als ich lange am

Wort Wolke hing,

bis die Station erschien.

 by Jan Volker Röhnert

After Kenneth Koch  A great clown-face of a cloud

was just floating by,

without anyone even seeing you.

For a cloud you were quite substantial

but only a few minutes left to live.

You said something, or so it seemed:

wide-open mouthed, you spoke with

an angelic cloud rising swiftly up above.


In the green line subway car

you sat angelic, beneath the CLOUD

reading page by page,

I saw your fleeting gaze,

as I sat fixed on CLOUD above

‘til the train came to a stop.

by Jan Volker Röhnert

 translated by LG1001-2