Discussion Outstanding graphic novels from Germany

Book cover detail: 'Irmina' by Barbara Yelin. Copyright: SelfMadeHero Copyright: SelfMadeHero

Thu, 03.03.2016

7:00 PM

Goethe-Institut London

Book cover detail: 'Irmina' by Barbara Yelin. Copyright: SelfMadeHero

Barbara Yelin and Reinhard Kleist in conversation with Rosie Goldsmith

Graphic novels convey a special form of artistic expression in literature.  They deal with a very wide spectrum of topics, ranging from adaptations of well-known literary classics to controversial themes in politics and society.  Two contemporary prize-winning titles from Germany will be published in English translation in March 2016:  Irmina by Barbara Yelin and An Olympic Dream by Reinhard Kleist.  To mark the occasion we are delighted to be able to host a discussion with these two authors at the Goethe-Institut London Library.  Together with Rosie Goldsmith, they will discuss their books and artistic work.

This event is a cooperation project between the publisher SelfMadeHero and the Goethe-Institut.
  • Reinhard Kleist REINHARD KLEIST / Copyright: SelfMadeHero
  • Illustration from 'An Olympic Dream' Illustration from 'An Olympic Dream' / Copyright: SelfMadeHero
  • Barbara Yelin BARBARA YELIN / Copyright: Martin Friedrich
  • Illustration from 'Irmina' Illustration from 'Irmina' / Copyright: SelfMadeHero
  • SelfMadeHero logo Copyright: SelfMadeHero


REINHARD KLEIST was born in 1970 near Cologne. After graduating from the School of Graphic Art and Design in Münster, he moved to Berlin, where he has lived and worked as a freelance comics artist and illustrator ever since. Kleist’s books have been translated into many languages and have received several prizes. His graphic novel 'Johnny Cash: I See A Darkness' won both Eisner and Harvey awards, as well as receiving the Max und Moritz Prize for the Best German-language Comic. With 'The Boxer', Kleist became the first cartoonist to receive the German Youth Literature Award. 'An Olympic Dream' was serialised in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung before being published, with some revisions, as a graphic novel.



BARBARA YELIN was born in Munich and studied illustration at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. In 2015, she received the Bavarian Art Award for Literature for Irmina, which also won the Best German Graphic Novel prize at the PENG Awards. Yelin is also the author of 'Gift' (with Peter Meter) and 'Riekes Notizen'. She lives in Munich.



ROSIE GOLDSMITH is a journalist specialising in arts and current affairs, in the UK and abroad. In 20 years at the BBC she travelled the world, from New Zealand to Libya, Japan to East Timor. She covered events such as the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of apartheid in South Africa, presenting flagship BBC radio shows like Front Row and Crossing Continents. Rosie speaks French, German and some Italian and lived for many years in Germany, Africa and the USA. Today she combines broadcasting, writing, media training and specialist PR with chairing events in Britain and overseas. She has interviewed many of the great names in culture and current affairs, from Margaret Atwood to Anthony Gormley - and several Prime Ministers! Known in the UK also as a champion of international literature, translation and language learning, she promotes them whenever she can. She chairs the annual European Literature Night at the British Library and curates and chairs regular festivals and events celebrating international literature.