Seit 2006 finden in der Lettrétage ca. 120 öffentliche Literaturveranstaltungen jährlich statt – Lesungen, Workshops, Diskussionsrunden, literarische Performances und Formate dazwischen. Bekannte und unbekannte Autor*innen und Künstler*innen verschiedener Sprachen und Nationalitäten sind hier schon aufgetreten.
Seit 2013 liegt der Programmfokus u.a. auf neuen Wegen der literarischen Präsentation und Live-Produktion: Dazu zählen u.a. die internationalen bzw. transnationalen Literaturfestivals „Soundout!“, „¿Comment!“, „Berlinisi“ und „Syn_Energy“, aber auch das viel beachtete Netzwerkprojekt „CROWD“ und multimediale Projekte wie die Reihe „CON_TEXT“ oder das „Poetry Audio Lab“. Eine vollständige Liste der Lettrétage-Projekte finden Sie hier.
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So16Apr202320:00Lettrétage in der Veteranenstraße 21, Eintritt frei
Brigitte Reimann: Siblings
Reading and discussion with Lucy Jones and Alexander Wells
Brigitte Reimann was one of the most important female voices in the GDR. A prolific writer, she wrote a clutch of novels before dying fifty years ago of cancer, aged 39. The English version of her novel "Die Geschwister", has been published by Penguin Classics and Transit Books as Siblings, translated by Lucy Jones.
SIBLINGS is about how the division of Germany affected Reimann’s family personally. An early writer of autofiction because of her commitment to the causes she believed in, when her first brother defected to the West, she felt that her family had been torn apart. Siblings explores one day at Easter in 1963 when the narrator Elisabeth tries to persuade her second brother not to leave for the West too. She is a painter in the GDR who is trying to follow the call of the Bitterfeld Conference and bring art to the workers – but without toeing the socialist line.
This storyline too is closely based on Reimann’s fight to write literature in the 1960s that was more than just ideological fodder. In real life she stood up to those in power, expressing herself in "dense, jagged prose (…) convey(ing) a hunger for a life that encompasses idealism with desire" (Alexander Wells, The Guardian, Sat 11 February 2023). Like a kind of "flickering street photography" (Kevin Brazil, TLS) the novel evokes what it was like to live in the GDR of the 1960s, with so much at stake in personal and political terms.
Alexander Wells will be talking to the translator Lucy Jones about Reimann and SIBLINGS.
(c) Oliver Toth
Lucy Jones is a British-born writer and translator and has lived in Berlin since 1998. She has translated books by Anke Stelling, Silke Scheuermann and Theresia Enzensberger among others. Her writing has appeared in SAND Journal, Pigeon Papers NYC, 3AM Magazine, LitroMag and Statorec.
(c) Mathilde Montpetit
Alexander Wells is a freelance critic and essayist from Australia. His work has been published by The Guardian, The Baffler, European Review of Books and Meanjin among others. He is currently Books Editor for Exberliner and co-runs a reading series at Dussmann dedicated to international Berlin writing.
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Sa24Nov2018So25Nov201810:30Registration Fee: 125€
Here & Elsewhere: Place Writing
Workshop with Paul Scraton and Marcel Krueger
Whether you are writing essays, blogs, a journal of your travels or the story that will become a novel, creating a strong sense of place is crucial. Suitable for anyone interested in turning the sights, sounds and soul of place into engaging prose, this workshop will explore place writing in all its facets and why through the wide world of literature, location matters.
Over two days, participants will discover key works of place writing and learn about the different techniques to be found within this broad genre, including journalism, memoir and creative non-fiction accounts. Through a series of readings and exercises (which will include a ramble through the neighbourhood), participants will try a variety of fresh and creative approaches to writing about place and will work on a draft of a short piece of place writing - fiction or non-fiction - to be considered for publication on the Elsewhere: A Journal of Place blog.
Paul Scraton is a British-born writer and editor, based in Berlin. He is the editor in chief of Elsewhere: A Journal of Place and the author of a number of creative non-fiction books. Built on Sand, a collection of stories from Berlin, is his debut work of fiction and will be published by Influx Press in 2019. Marcel Krueger is a German writer and translator living in Ireland. For Berlin – A Literary Guide for Travellers he has provided new translations. His articles and essays have been published in The Guardian, the Irish Times, Slow Travel Berlin and CNN Travel and he also works as the Books Editor of Elsewhere: A Journal of Place. His latest book Babushka's Journey - The Dark Road to Stalin's Wartime Camp explores the wartime experiences of his grandmother Cilly through a travel memoir.