I grew up in Nürnberg, Germany and have lived in the Northwest of Ireland for many years. Over time my creative work has involved writing, filmmaking and photography. Recently, however, I have concentrated solely on writing fiction, the thing I’ve been wanting 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).
Up until a few years ago all my fiction was in German, but somewhere along the journey I switched to writing in English. So far it’s been an exciting, endlessly fascinating process I intend to write more about in the future. My love of the visual, which, ironically, has sidetracked me from focusing on my writing for years, is another 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, curator and facilitator. I’m currently Literary Guide for the Reading Rooms programme at Verbal Arts Centre, Derry, where I curate 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 with a DAAD research grant, 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 recent essay ‘Landlocked’, which was first published by The Corridor gives a small insight into my observations along the way).
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