Readings & conversations Culture talks @ Goethe: Writing On
Authors from conflict areas on second chances and publishing in new home countries
Presented by the Goethe-Institut & the Heinrich Böll Foundation
Under the patronage of Senator Ratna Omidvar
The Gunda Werner Institut at the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the catalyst organisation affiliated with the German Green Party, asked authors who have recently fled to Germany to escape the conflicts in their home countries for their wishes. “Writing on” was their answer – the starting point of the eponymous project. Leaving home does not only mean leaving a specific culture or lifestyle behind but also language, identity and a career. The project wants to open the door into the German literary economy and provide a one-on-one professional and literary exchange between the authors writing for the project and their German colleagues.
“The project is bold, it is brave, it is not precise but it works.” – Tanja Dückers (author and project participant)
The authors and organisers of “Writing On” will be guests at the Goethe-Institut Toronto throughout 2018. In conversations with Canadian writers they will touch on issues and difficulties authors seeking refuge in Germany are facing in re-establishing themselves and their voices. It will ask questions about literary exchange and cultural identity, dreams, hopes and opportunities, and practical assistance.
“Writing on provides with translation, conversations with German-speaking colleagues as well as through the online-publishing and print what the name implies: continuation. Perpetuation, extension, expansion.” – Die Zeit
Galal Al-Ahmadi (Saudi Arabia/Yemen/Germany), Tanja Dückers (Germany), Rabab Haidar (Syria), Noor Kanj (Syria/Lebanon/Germany), Svenja Leiber (Germany), Mariam Meetra (Afghanistan), Antje Rávik Strubel (Germany).
With readings in English, German, Arabic and Farsi.
Discussions with Canadian moderators in English.
Part of the Goethe-Institut focus "Culture(s) of Participation"
"Weiter Schreiben. A portal for literature and music from conflict areas" is a project by the WIR MACHEN DAS/wearedoingit e.V., supported by the Capital Cultural Fund and the Goethe-Institut, in collaboration with the Gundad-Werner-Institut at the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Allianz Kulturstiftung.
04/06 | 6:30 pm | Writing On: "Cooking the Heart of a Wolf"
05/25 | 6:30 pm | Writing On: "Who will return my Home?"
11/09 | 6:30 pm | Writing On: "Remember me"
03/03 - 05/31 | Philip Scheffner: Havarie - video installation