Book Launch Lutz Seiler in conversation with Thomas Meaney

Lutz Seiler © Heike Steinweg/Suhrkamp Verlag

Thu, 12.10.2023

7:00 PM

Goethe-Institut London

Literary Discussion

Lutz Seiler is one of Germany's most interesting, contemporary poets and writers. He recently won the Georg Büchner Prize, whose past recipients include Max Frisch, Paul Celan, Ingeborg Bachmann – and basically most of the other key German-language writers you can think of. Seiler grew up in Communist East Germany and started publishing poetry after the Berlin Wall fell. This year sees the first English publication of his award-winning Wenderoman novel Star 111 (Stern 111), his 'epoch-making' poetry collection Pitch & Glint (pech & blende), and a rich, evocative collection of essays, In Case of Loss. To celebrate the publication of these three complementary works, join Seiler in conversation with Granta Magazine editor Thomas Meaney, and the translators Stefan Tobler and Martyn Crucefix, to explore bringing Seiler’s unmistakable craft and sound to English.

The publication of Star 111, translated by Tess Lewis has been supported by the PEN Translates Awards and we’re pleased to promote this event in the context of International Translation Day 2023.

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Short Biogs: 

Martyn Crucefix © Martyn Crucefix Martyn Crucefix – recent original poetry, Between a Drowning Man, published by Salt (2023). Other publications include Cargo of Limbs (Hercules Editions, 2019); These Numbered Days, translations from the German of Peter Huchel (Shearsman, 2019) which won the Schlegel-Tieck Prize in 2020; translations of essays by Lutz Seiler, In Case of Loss, has just appeared with And Other Stories; a major Rilke Selected, Change Your Life, will be published by Pushkin Press in 2024. Currently, a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at The British Library. Blogging at

Thomas Meaney © Thomas Meaney Thomas Meaney is the Editor of Granta Magazine.

Stefan Tobler © Stefan Tobler Stefan Tobler was born in Belém, Brazil, to English and Swiss parents. He is a translator and the founder of And Other Stories. Authors he has translated include Clarice Lispector, Raduan Nassar and Arno Geiger, and most recently Lutz Seiler's Pitch & Glint. He grew up in northern Brazil and southern England, and has now made his home in the Dark Peak.