Berlin Poet and Novelist in Swansea, Monday 16 May
Peter Wawerzienk will read (in German) from his latest prize-winning work Rabenliebe (Raven’s Love, 2010), winner of the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize 2010 and shortlisted for the Deutscher Buchpreis. Rabenliebe is an angry autobiographical novel about the fate of an abandoned child in the German Democratic Republic in the 1950s and 1960s. After the narrator’s mother leaves her two young children to seek out a new life for herself in the West, the young Wawerzinek is shunted from orphanage to foster family and back again.
Formerly a cult anarchist poet from East Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg, Peter Wawerzinek is in Wales researching a book on Dylan Thomas due out later this year. To honour his esteem of Thomas and the connection with Swansea, he has approached the German section with a request to give a reading. His world tour has so far taken in Cairo and Paris and sees him soon in Cleveland, Ohio. He will be accompanied by his photographer, Carmen Budrat, who lives in Bridgend. We are delighted to welcome them as our guests in the Centre for Contemporary German Culture.
Alle Freunde der deutschen Sprache sind herzlich willkommen!
16 May, 6pm, James Callaghan Conference Room, B03/04