I grew up in Nürnberg, Germany and have lived in the Northwest of Ireland for many years. My creative work has involved writing, filmmaking and photography. Recently, however, I have concentrated solely on writing, the thing I’ve wanted to do since I first opened a book many moons ago.
My short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies (e.g. The Stinging Fly, Ambit, Bath Flash Fiction Award Anthology vol.3, TSS Publishing, Boyne Berries, Force 10, Cuírt Journal, Macondo – Die Lust am Lesen, LiMa -Literaturmagazin des BVJA). I was shortlisted for the 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize and a finalist at the Irish Novel Fair 2018. I’m represented as an author by Anna Power at Johnson & Alcock Literary Agency, London.
Up until a few years ago all my fiction was in German, but somewhere along the way I switched to writing in English. So far it’s been an exciting process, which I recently wrote about in the essay ‘Squirrel, conscience, thermometer’. It can be read in Winter Papers 7, edited by Kevin Barry and Olivia Smith.
My love of the visual, which, ironically, has sidetracked me from focusing on my writing for years, is another huge factor that shapes my fiction.
When I haven’t been writing or involved in other creative projects, I’ve worked in the arts and educational sector as a lecturer in the School of Arts at Ulster University, curator for Void Gallery, Derry and also as a visiting artist and writer facilitator at Void, Derry; the Mac, Belfast; St.Columb’s College, Derry and other places. I recently completed a 7 year stint as Literary Guide for the Reading Rooms programme at Verbal Arts Centre, Derry, where I curated literature – short stories and poetry mostly – for shared reading sessions in the community, promoting dialogue and wellbeing.
Following my two great interests, text and image, before moving to Ireland, I studied English Literature and Film Studies at Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen. My Masters thesis explored the cinema of Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski. As part of my course I spent a year at UCG Galway, where I took my first steps toward writing creatively in English. Prior to that, inspired by a favourite teacher’s tales of Dublin and Donegal I came to Ireland for the first time after leaving school, and worked as an Au Pair in Dublin in the 1990s. Since then I’ve been on the island for a large part of my time, soaking up stories, histories and much more. My essay ‘Landlocked’, which was first published by The Corridor gives a small insight into my observations along the way. Another place where I talked about my life in Ireland and elsewhere is on the Creative Places and Faces podcast.
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