Englisch Leistungskurs zum Besuch auf dem ILB

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A vis­it at the inter­na­tion­al lit­er­a­ture fes­ti­val of Berlin

As one of our very first excur­sion with­in the advanced Eng­lish class we decid­ed to take a quick look at some lit­er­a­ture for our sec­ond semester´s top­ic: cul­tur­al and eth­nic iden­ti­ty. We went to the “Haus der Berlin­er Fest­spiele” on Sep­tem­ber, 13th to see and hear the very well-known British author, Berna­dine Evaristo.

She pre­sent­ed one out of ten nov­els she had writ­ten: “Girl, Women, Oth­er”. It won the Book­er Prize in 2019 with her being the first black woman and black British per­son to win it in its fifty year his­to­ry. She is cur­rent­ly a pro­fes­sor for cre­ative writ­ing at Brunel Uni­ver­si­ty in Lon­don and had earned numer­ous prizes so far.

Her per­for­mance at the lit­er­a­ture fes­ti­val seemed to be a hot spot of inter­est. Almost 800 stu­dents joined the read­ing, which was one of the biggest crowds she has ever expe­ri­enced. She was over­whelmed, need­less to say, but self-con­fi­dent and chat­ty through­out the round of ques­tions. She touched top­ics like grow­ing up, fam­i­ly life, aims, future and work choic­es as well as giv­ing advice on writ­ing and edit­ing texts in gen­er­al. Pleas­ing the stu­dents with authen­tic mate­r­i­al felt easy enough and the allo­cat­ed time just ran out too quick­ly with many unan­swered questions.

Alto­geth­er, it was a good expe­ri­ence for the class to see what a read­ing is like nowa­days and to get a glimpse about the upcom­ing semes­ter, even if it´s not everybody´s favorite choice. Thumbs up for more authen­tic Eng­lish experience.

Diana Wen­de­born

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