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.

"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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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.

Gropius Bau
Shortly after the Museums Reach Out! event, we were 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. ©

Mathias Völzke

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 

Berlin UMBRELLA by Lettrétage was part of our UK/Germany affiliate programme. Participants listened to poetry and water recordings from loudspeakers within an umbrella whilst being taken on a walk through the park. ©

Sonja Heyer