Program archive

  • Thu
    12
    Apr
    2018
    19:30Eintritt frei

    Bilingual reading and book release with Andrea Scrima and Heike Geißler (english/german)

    Join us for a bilingual reading event hosted by Lettrétage and the Berlin Writers' Workshop. We're celebrating the rerelease of Andrea Scrima's novel "A Lesser Day" and its new German edition, "Wie viele Tage". Scrima will be joined in reading by novelist Heike Geißler ("Rosa", "Nichts, was tragisch wäre", "Saisonarbeit") and appear in conversation with Berlin Writers' Workshop co-founder, Rebecca Rukeyser.

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  • Sat
    14
    Apr
    2018
    20:00Eintritt frei

    Reading and Book Launch with Kate McNaughton

    ©Amy Newiss

    Join us for the Berlin launch of “How I Lose You”, a novel by Kate McNaughton, which has just been published in the UK by Doubleday and in France by Les Escales. There will be a reading and Q&A (moderated by fellow author Jessica Miller) before the evening turns to drinks and music. When Eva and Adam fall into bed one Friday night, tired and happy after drinks with friends, they have their whole lives ahead of them. But their story ends on page twelve.

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  • Thu
    24
    May
    2018
    19:30Eintritt frei

    The Berlin Writers' Workshop and Lettrétage present a trilingual reading event with Gregor Guth (Austria), Alan Mills (Guatemala) and Rebecca Rukeyser (USA).

    © Johanna Richter

    Gregor Guth, geboren 1979 in Wien. Studium der französischen Kulturwissenschaften in Wien und Paris. Studium am Deutschen Literaturinstitut Leipzig. Startstipendium für Literatur des österreichischen Bundeskanzleramtes 2014. Seine Kurzgeschichten und Gedichte wurden in zahlreichen Zeitschriften und Anthologien veröffentlicht (u. a. in LICHTUNGEN, kolik  sowie im Sammelband zum MDR-Literaturwettbewerb). Er lebt in Berlin.

     

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  • Fri
    25
    May
    2018
    21:00Eintritt 5/4 €

    SAND 17 Launch Party. Featuring John Beer, Jennifer Kronovet, Nate McCarthy, James Shea, Dorothy Tse and Tse Hao Guang.

    © SAND

    Five acclaimed poets and one prose writer will collectively circumnavigate the globe to present micro-readings and celebrate SAND’s worldly new 17th issue. Two share the name Tse, two make allusions to T.S.E., another speaks Yiddish, and the last one just braved the Australian outback. Stick around for DJ sets, drinks, and dancing into the wee hours, and don’t forget to pick up a freshly printed copy of SAND. Featuring John Beer, Jennifer Kronovet, Nate McCarthy, James Shea, Dorothy Tse and Tse Hao Guang.
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  • Sun
    03
    Jun
    2018
    Sun
    17
    Jun
    2018
    14:00Eintritt frei

    Ein Hörspaziergang mit Hör-Regenschirmen von  Stephanie Green (GB) und Sonja Heyer (D) im Viktoria-Park, Berlin Kreuzberg

    Ort: Viktoria-Park Berlin Kreuzberg, entlang des Wasserlaufs,
    Beginn: Café Golgatha. Zeit: 3./10./17. Juni 14:00-18:00 Uhr

    click more for english version

    © Sonja Heyer

    Berlin UMBRELLA ist ein poetischer Soundwalk mit Hörregenschirmen durch den Viktoria-Park in Berlin Kreuzberg. In einem Gedicht der englischen Poetin Stephanie Green, vertont von der Berliner Klangkünstlerin Sonja Heyer, wird die Spree von ihren drei Quellen bis zu ihrer Mündung akustisch eingefangen und erzählt  vom eiszeitlichen Ursprung in der Oberlausitz über die Entwicklung des Radialsystems, vom Mord an Rosa Luxemburg an der Lichtensteinbrücke 1919 bis zum Fall der Mauer 1989, von der wechselvollen Geschichte und Gegenwart der Stadt. Berlin UMBRELLA umfasst sechs Verse, die – gleich einem Haiku – in selbstgewählter Reihenfolge gehört werden können. Besucher*innen können Hörregenschirme im Café Golgatha leihen und damit durch den Park spazieren, verweilen und Schirme mit anderen Besucher*innen tauschen.

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  • Wed
    06
    Jun
    2018
    20:00Eintritt 5/4 €

    Reading with Barrett Watten and Daniel Tiffany

    Barrett Watten plans to read “Plan B”, a poem written in the aftermath of our national catastrophe, as a kind of “knowledge base” for the symbolic rubble of the election and the state of political crisis it produced. The keyword 'Gleichschaltung', drawn from the German experience in March 1933, is used as a call not to “normalize” the result of the election—an imperative that continues for many. Both terms appear at regular intervals through the poem. Also evoked is the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald—a 1975 maritime disaster on the Great Lakes (and ballad by Gordon Lightfoot) that is iconic for residents of Michigan, for whom it represents the destruction of the state as well as the wreck itself. The poem is translated into German by Munich performance poet Franziska Ruprecht, and will be presented in multi-media format, along with other works.

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  • Tue
    10
    Jul
    2018
    20:00Eintritt 3 €

    Reading hosted by Traci Kim – lineup TBA, submission deadline June 10

    © Literally Speaking

    Literally Speaking is Berlin's fiction reading series that features local writers and the authors who inspire their stories. Each month, five writers share their original work, as well as an excerpt from an author of their choice that highlights the month’s theme. The purpose of the excerpts is to get everyone in Berlin’s literary community “on the same page.” It’s a way to see what’s catalyzing our local writers and bring us closer together through literature.

    For submission guidelines and inquiries, check out Literally Speaking’s Facebook page or email LiterallySpeakingBerlin@gmail.com.

  • Wed
    25
    Jul
    2018
    20:00Eintritt 8 €

    Performance and workshop/lecture with Tomomi Adachi, Andreas Dzialocha and Marcello Lussana

    © naya collective

    “AI in Experimental Improvisation” is a project by Tomomi Adachi, Andreas Dzialocha and Marcello Lussana. Based on artificial neuronal networks they developed a performance AI (artificial intelligence) named "Tomomibot" which "learns" from musical improvisations to interact live with a human voice improviser. The event consists of a performance by Tomomi Adachi and the AI performer plus a workshop/lecture in English by Andreas Dzialocha and Marcello Lussana.

    Funded through the Initiative Neue Musik Berlin e.V.

  • Tue
    11
    Sep
    2018
    20:00Eintritt 5/4 €

    Trilingual (English, French, German) poetry, performance, récital concert and road movie with Sabine Venaruzzo and Benoît Berrou. Staging: Frédéric de Goldfiem. 

    © Eric Clément Demange

    It all starts with a question: What is it worth? To be? To be here? What follows is a vast project of leaving "On the roads" across Europe, and more ambitiously, to make the world poetic. A reconquest of the territories with a red suitcase, boxing gloves and the word as a weapon. The audience is invited to become a witness, even an accomplice.

  • Fri
    28
    Sep
    2018
    19:30Eintritt 3 €

    Deutsch-englische Lesung: Premiere von "The Hour Between Dog and Wolf" mit Autorin Silke Scheuermann und Übersetzerin Lucy Jones.

    © Seagull Books

    A young woman who has been living abroad returns to her hometown of Frankfurt am Main in Germany. Her sister Ines—a beautiful, impetuous painter—who still lives there, soon appears and promptly asks for financial help. But the returning sister knew this was coming—it is how their relationship has always worked. And this time, she’s determined that things will be different.
    But our plans don’t always hold up to life’s surprises —and when the sister finds herself about to drift into an affair with Ines’s lover, the two women grow unexpectedly closer. "The Hour Between Dog and Wolf" is a tale of disorientation in a modern, rootless society that has become increasingly erratic and self-absorbed and powerful exploration of the difficulties of intimacy and addiction.

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  • Wed
    31
    Oct
    2018
    20:00Eintritt: 4€

    Lesung in englischer Sprache, Moderation: Traci Kim

    © Literally Speaking

    Literally Speaking is Berlin's fiction reading series that features local writers and the authors who inspire their stories. Each month, five writers share their original work, as well as an excerpt from an author of their choice that highlights the month’s theme. The excerpts aim to get everyone in Berlin’s literary community “on the same page.” It’s a way to see what’s catalyzing our local writers and bring us closer together through literature.

    lineup TBA, submission deadline October 15

  • Fri
    02
    Nov
    2018
    19:30Eintritt frei

    Lesung in englischer Sprache mit Sarnath Banerjee und Dave Besseling

    Berlin Writers' Workshop presents a reading event celebrating the work of Sarnath Banerjee and Dave Besseling, both dealing with experiences of the Indian society. Through his graphic fiction, Banerjee explores themes like masculinity, bureaucracy, rumour, class-system, religion and the uncanny. Whereas Dave Besseling has published the non-fiction books, Liquid Refuses to Ignite, a memoir, and Laid In India, a sociological reportage.

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  • Tue
    11
    Dec
    2018
    19:00Eintritt frei

    Mati Shemoelof, Abdulkadir Musa und Dr. Hila Amit Abas im Gespräch mit Rainer Zimmer-Winkel. Musikalische Impulse durch Improvisation: Gidi Farhi und Dury de Bagh.

    ©AphorismA Verlag

    Please see english version below.

    „Jahre über Jahre habe ich in Israel gebraucht, um zu verstehen, wie meine Familie aus den Geschichtsbüchern gelöscht und in der Gesellschaft marginalisiert worden ist.“ Der israelische Autor, Journalist und Aktivist Mati Shemoelof stellt seine Neuerscheinung …reißt die Mauern ein zwischen ‚uns‘ und ‚ihnen‘ vor, in der er biographische Reflexionen mit Lyrik kombiniert. Außerdem gibt es einen kleinen Vorgeschmack auf Shemoelofs ersten deutschen Gedichtband, der zur nächsten Leipziger Buchmesse im März beim AphorismA Verlag erscheinen wird. Rainer Zimmer-Winkel, Herausgeber und Geschäftsführer von AphorismA, wird den Abend einleiten. Musikalische Improvisationen von Gidi Farhi und Dury de Bagh begleiten die Lesung. Die Veranstaltung findet auf Deutsch und auf Englisch statt.

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  • Thu
    13
    Dec
    2018
    19:30Eintritt frei

    Lesung in englischer Sprache mit Kathleen Heil und Abdulkadir Musa

    Berlin Writers' Workshop presents a reading celebrating the work of Kathleen Heil and Abdulkadir Musa. Musa is known for his lyrics, which were published in the Kurdish language, and have been translated into German, Spanish, French, English, Polish and Arabic. As a dancer, Heil takes part in crossdisciplinary projects and she wants to investigate the invisible barriers between institutions of power and people in exile.

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  • Fri
    18
    Jan
    2019
    20:00Eintritt gegen Spende: 4-10€

    Lesung in englischer Sprache, Moderation: Traci Kim

    Literally Speaking is Berlin's fiction reading series that features local writers and the authors who inspire their stories. Each month, five writers share their original work, as well as an excerpt from an author of their choice that highlights the month’s theme. The excerpts aim to get everyone in Berlin’s literary community “on the same page.” It’s a way to see what’s catalyzing our local writers and bring us closer together through literature.

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  • Sun
    24
    Feb
    2019
    19:00Eintritt: 10 € / 8 € erm.

    An evening of physical poetry / Poesie-Konzert in englischer Sprache mit Shannon Sullivan, André Matov und Bernd Oezsevim

    © Aleksandar Pasar

    Language that hits like a fist, cuts like a razor blade, or exhibits the gentle tenderness of a slow caress. We press our nose up to the glass for a good look at a society balancing on the brink of (self-)destruction. The ancient myth of Icarus warns against excess. Our global culture has long since cracked the walls of moderation and melted them like wax. Overpopulation and isolation walk side by side, not speaking to each other.(more…)

  • Sat
    09
    Mar
    2019
    10:00 - 17:00Beitrag: 150€

    Workshop mit Madhvi Ramani und Mary Kelly

    Led by Madhvi Ramani, writer and editor (New York times, Penguin Random House), and Mary Kelly, playwright and actor (Nick Hern Books, Stinging-Fly Press).

    This is not a traditional creative writing workshop. You will use theatre and original writing techniques to connect your physical voice with your voice on the page. You will move, you will write, you will explore and expand your individual voice. For women who want to start to write, continue to write, or want to surprise themselves.

    Mary and Madhvi have twenty years combined creative coaching experience. Drawing from Madhvi’s background in creative facilitation (BBC) and Mary’s as an acting coach (The Opera Stage, Berlin and The Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin), they have developed a unique approach to creative writing for women.

    Note: This workshop is only open to women, trans and non-binary people. Places are limited to 10. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

    Tickets hier

  • Tue
    09
    Apr
    2019
    20:00Eintritt frei

    Englischsprachige Lesung mit Mark Mayer und May-Lan Tan

    ©Pixabay

    The Berlin Writers' Workshop and Lettrétage present a reading with Mark Mayer and May-Lan Tan to celebrate the release of "Aerialists", Mayer’s debut short-story collection.

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  • Thu
    25
    Apr
    2019
    19:00Eintritt gegen Spende: 4-10€

    Lesung in englischer Sprache, Moderation: Traci Kim

    Literally Speaking is Berlin's fiction reading series that features local writers and the authors who inspire their stories. Each month, five writers share their original work, as well as an excerpt from an author of their choice that highlights the month’s theme. The excerpts aim to get everyone in Berlin’s literary community “on the same page.” It’s a way to see what’s catalyzing our local writers and bring us closer together through literature.

    Doors open at 7pm
    Reading starts at 7:30pm

  • Mon
    13
    May
    2019
    19:00Entrance free

    Vernissage and staged reading

    © Ralf Klingelhöfer

    On 18th March 2019 German author Christa Wolf would have turned 90.

    Lead by Birgit Dahlke (professor of Literary Studies at Humboldt University and head of the Christa and Gerhard Wolf Private Library Research Center), students of the Humboldt University discovered exciting motives in Christa Wolf's oeuvre that transcend time and space. Based on this work and together with graphic designer Martin Hoffmann they put up a surprising exhibition: Texts meet graphics, and Christa Wolf's poetic language takes on new forms.

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  • Mon
    20
    May
    2019
    19:30Eintritt frei
    Englischsprachige Lesung mit Teilnehmer*innen des Berlin Writer's Workshop, Moderation: Rebecca Rukeyser

    ©Pixabay

    The Berlin Writers' Workshop is proud to present their first workshop reading, featuring fiction, poetry, and essays produced in their classes by members of the Berlin Writers' Workshop community.

     

  • Sat
    25
    May
    2019
    10:00 - 17:00Beitrag: 150€

    Workshop mit Madhvi Ramani und Mary Kelly

    Led by Madhvi Ramani, writer and editor (New York times, Penguin Random House), and Mary Kelly, playwright and actor (Nick Hern Books, Stinging-Fly Press).

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  • Wed
    29
    May
    2019
    20:00Eintritt gegen Spende: 4-10€

    Lesung in englischer Sprache, Moderation: Traci Kim

    Literally Speaking is Berlin's fiction reading series that features local writers and the authors who inspire their stories. Each month, five writers share their original work, as well as an excerpt from an author of their choice that highlights the month’s theme. The excerpts aim to get everyone in Berlin’s literary community “on the same page.” It’s a way to see what’s catalyzing our local writers and bring us closer together through literature.

    Doors open at 7:30 pm
    Reading starts at 8:00 pm

  • Sat
    08
    Jun
    2019
    Sun
    09
    Jun
    2019
    10:30 - 16:30Beitrag: 150€

    Workshop mit Roy MacLean

    Stories can entrance, engage, even possess us. Every one of us has a story to tell; factual or fictional, cool documentary or heartfelt family journey, practical travelogue or sparkling flight of the imagination. But to become an accomplished storyteller one needs time, a conducive environment, and a sensitive guide to direct and refine individual talent.

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  • Wed
    03
    Jul
    2019
    20:00Eintritt frei

    Englischsprachige Diskussionsrunde mit Clementine Burnley, Dirk Laucke und Daniela Seel, Moderation: Iulia Dondorici

    The spaces we use for the act of reading and writing are mostly private ones: in our own rooms, at our desks, at a table in a library, almost always in isolation from others, as if in a silent dialog with authors, poets and philosophers. However, is it not the case that these acts performed in solitude can lead to a political awakening? Have reading and writing not fed, given rise to, and sustained collective political changes, movements and risings?

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  • Mon
    15
    Jul
    2019
    20:00Eintritt frei

    Konzert mit Reison Kuroda und Tomomi Adachi

    © Ayane Shindo

    Shakuhachi (Japanese traditional bamboo flute) music is not only for meditation or Zen. One of the most active Shakuhachi players from the new generation, Reison Kuroda, will present a program which mixes traditional and contemporary music, developing new techniques and aesthetics, focusing on vivid and fresh aspects of Shakuhachi music.
    This concert in Berlin invites Tomomi Adachi who is well-known in the field of experimental music as a guest performer/composer.

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