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Author in conversation Merle Kröger in conversation with Alison Phipps

Merle Kröger ©Rainer Schleßelmann

Wed, 24.05.2017

6:30 PM

Goethe-Institut Glasgow

The Mediterranean as Political Space

A raft with eleven Algerian refugees, running low on fuel. A cruise ship with a small town’s worth of international passengers and crew members. An Irish freighter. A Spanish rescue vessel. One single point of convergence in a vast wash of blue water. Havarie (Collision) is a maritime thriller by one of Germany’s most celebrated crime writers and a poignant portrait of Europe of our time.

Novelist, script writer and film producer Merle Kröger lives in Berlin. She produces films and documentaries for international arthouse cinema, and also writes scripts for independent cinema in India. Since 2003 Kröger has published four novels, which combine documentary research, personal history and political analysis with elements of crime fiction. For Grenzfall (2012) and Havarie (2015) she received the German Crime Fiction Prize. Collision (Havarie) will be published in the US in 2017.

Alison Phipps is Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies, Co-Convener of Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNET) and chairholder of the chair of Refugee Integration Through Languages and the Arts at the University of Glasgow. In 2012 she received an OBE for Services to Education and Intercultural and Interreligious Relations in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. She has undertaken work in Palestine, Sudan, Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, Germany, France, USA, Portugal, Ghana. She regularly advises public, governmental and third sector bodies on migration and languages policy.