Book Readings

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Author’s Reading Event 2019

Visit of Dorothee Elmiger at DSL

On 5 March, we welcomed Dorothee Elmiger, the successful Swiss author, at the school’s annual reading event. She brought her first two books with her. In a panel discussion with the head of school Mr Nitschke, Mrs Elmiger explained her way of working and how her books come into existence. It was interesting to learn how the author uses a multitude of material and texts as a basis on which she develops an interactive writing process between author and text. All budding authors of the school were given useful tips for their future writing career. Following on from the panel discussion, Mrs Elmiger read some extracts from her two novels – Einladung an die Waghalsigen and Die Schlafgaenger. She won her audience over with her focussed and vocally appealing lecture. Her novel Die Schlafgaenger will be published shortly in English. Questions on the approach and method of translating novels quickly revealed the possibilities and limits of such projects and provided the perfect introduction to the school’s translation competition. The three winning pupils – Nike Muench, Martina Casas-Infante and Katharina Hoyer - presented their translations and received their well-earned certificates from the event organisers Silke Mueller and Daniela Prager.

We would like to thank Mrs Elmiger for her inspiring visit and hope to see her again at one of the school’s writing workshops.


Dorothee Elmiger 2019

Authors, writers, poets - our visitors at DSL

Some of the greatest names in German literature have honoured our school with a visit, as the guest list shows.

Dorothee Elmiger (2019)
Alissa Walser (2018)
Finn-Ole Heinrich (2017)
Peter Schneider (2016)
Ilija Trojanow (2015)
Birgit Vanderbeke (2014)
Felicitas Hoppe (2013)
Peter Stamm (2012)
Matthias Politycki (2010)
Erich Hackl (2009)
Franz Hohler(2009)
Urs Widmer (2007)
Gerhard Polt (2006)
Ulla Hahn (2005)
Hans Joachim Schädlich (2004)
Ulrike Draesner (2003)
Uwe Timm (2002)
Thomas Brussig (2001)
Barbara Frischmuth (2000)
Adolf Muschg (1999)
Monika Maron (1997)
Wolf Biermann (1996)
Günter Grass (1996)
Sten Nadolny (1994)
Hans Magnus Enzensberger (1993)
Peter Bichsel (1992)
Christa Wolf (1991)
Christoph Hein (1990)
Max von der Grün (1990)
Peter Härtling (1989)
Günter Kunert (1987)
Gabriele Wohmann (1986)
Walter Kempowski, (1986)
Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1985)
Uwe Johnson (1984)
Martin Walser (1984)
Hans Werner Richter (1983)
Ilse Aichinger (1983)
Wolfdietrich Schnurre (1983)

Gallery of Visiting Authors

Alissa Walser 2018

Judith Kerr, Axel Scheffler & Tilman Spreckelsen Event

Finn-Ole Heinrich 2017