Meet our guests Ulf Stolterfoht

Ulf Stolterfoht
Ulf Stolterfoht | Photo (detail): Roy Sinai

German writer and linguist Ulf Stolterfoht visited Mumbai between the 25 and 27 November to participate at the Poets Translating Poets Festival, organized by Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan.

My first impression of India was…
My first time in India was in Trivandrum and the first impression was that it is hot, humid and sunny!

Things in Mumbai that remind me of my hometown…
Nothing!

One thing I noticed in India ( and which is rather untypical in Germany)...
The way the people communicate is very different from Germany. No one says a direct yes or no! People talk and talk. The hand movements, the eyes - they all communicate.

A lasting memory of India...
The size of the pets. I have never seen such huge pets anywhere and I guess I will always remember that.
 

After pursuing community service, Ulf Stolterfoht went on to study German Studies and Linguistics in Bochum und Tübingen. Stolterfoht writes language-critical poetry and essays which have been published in many anthologies (e.g. Der Große Conrady) and literary magazines. Ulf Stolterfoht also operates ‘Brueterich Press’, a small publishing house, which he established in 2015


The Poets Translating Poets Festival in Mumbai between 25 and 27 November 2016, organised by Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan was a major success. Poets from South Asia and Germany participated translating each other’s poetry. We celebrated literature, poetry and languages with more than 3000 Audiences and 51 Poets from 5 different countries. It took place in over 30 venues across the city, in schools, colleges, even on some street corners.
 
  • Neerav Patel at The Mumbai Tea Party - Poetry in the streets Goethe-Institut / Bombay Film Factory
    Neerav Patel at The Mumbai Tea Party - Poetry in the streets
  • Poets Translating Poets Festival Khublei Arts
  • Poets Translating Poets Festival Goethe-Institut / Bombay Film Factory
    Poets Translating Poets Festival
  • Poets at The Mumbai Tea Party - Poetry in the Streets Goethe-Institut / Bombay Film Factory
  • Poets Translating Poets Festival Khublei Arts
  • In conversation with Dr. Thomas Wohlfahrt, Prof. Dr. Karin von Welck, Dr. Martin Walde, Dr. Jurgen Morhard, Mr. Anand nambiar & Amrita Tripathi at NCPA Mumbai Goethe-Institut / Bombay Film Factory
  • Poets Translating Poets Festival Photo (detail): Goethe-Institut / Aman Negi