Writing in and about nature - participants at our nature writing workshop used the time to start their own creative writing processes and the chance to have their work reviewed by our visiting experts. ©

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From writing about nature to museum networks and poetry

The June programme of  #UKGermany2018 celebrated some unique voices and put us in contact with inspiring individuals once again.

In association with 'dasumweltinstitut' (the Environment Institute), we held three free nature writing workshops in Munich, ahead of our British Council Nature Writing Seminar. These workshops were run by environmental journalist and educationalist Dr. Torsten Schäfer and one of our #BritLitMunich authors, poet Helen Mort. Outstanding young poet Josefine Stargardt (21) took part in one of our Nature Writing workshops in Munich. Read her poem 'Leftovers', produced during the workshop, by clicking on the document at the bottom of the page. 

"Leading workshops along with Professor Torsten Schäfer was an enjoyable, thought-provoking experience too, debating the place of urban nature writing. It was a really rewarding seminar." - Helen Mort, #BritLitMunich author and workshop leader

We were delighted to welcome 41 participants with a huge range of expertise from climate and gender activists, sociologists, economists to prose writers and poets at our workshops. They engaged with our experts and discussed questions such as "how can we write to incite change without appearing to preach?" and "how can we write about nature without using clichés?" ©

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As part of the European Cultural Heritage Summit, the prominent "Blue Sofa", a German author forum, brought 20 writers to Berlin for the "European Authors Summit". We supported the summit and the British author Claire North with a travel grant and were delighted to have her with us for two workshops with the John F. Kennedy School Berlin, where Claire shared her experience and explored writing practices with pupils. ©

Bertelsmann | Stefan Maria Rother 

POETRY ON THE ROAD was back in Bremen this June with 31 poets from 21 nations, who presented their work. We were delighted to support UK poets Alice Oswald, Harry Baker (whose mix of profound lyric and comedy have been watched a million times on ted.com) and Vanessa Kisuule (Bristolian spoken-word-activist and winner of the big "Nuyorican Slam" in New York City) with travel grants for their participation at the event in Bremen. ©

Poetry on the road.

Stephen Gill talking to ants picture
For the first time in a solo exhibition in Germany, the Museum for Photography presented works from the photographic work of Stephen Gill from April - June this year. Gill is a documentary artist, a collector, a researcher and an image researcher. This makes his work so exciting and offers levels of communication to a wide audience. ©

Stephen Gill taken from the series "Talking to Ants", 2013. Stephen Gill

"Canopy Calling" by Frederick Kelly, an outstanding young poet who took part in one of our Nature Writing workshops in Munich. "During the workshop we headed to a small inner-city park that was overlooked by adjacent construction. The park felt vulnerable [...], eroding at the edges. My piece explores the dynamic between urban and pastoral frontiers. As construction continues, one wonders for how long this little paradise can hold out." ©

Frederick Kelly

More about our UK/Germany affiliate partner events in June:

  • Shortly after the Museums Reach Out! event, we were also happy to support the Gropius Bau with their event "Museum as School - School as Museum". The evening continued the important discussions on the role of the museums and connected experts from the UK and Germany.
  • Recontres Internationales Paris/Berlin brought new films and contemporary art to Berlin's Haus der Kulturen der Welt with more than 100 indoor screenings - premieres, cartes blanches, special events, video focus -, performances and a forum led by artists, directors of art centres and museums, curators and distributors who shared with the audience their experience and views on new audiovisual practices.

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