For the very first time, Brisbane German Week will feature an evening dedicated to literature. It is with great pleasure that the inaugural German Literature Evening will showcase three authors who will not just share the content of their work, but also reflect on the individual context leading to their publications. We are honoured to offer this evening in partnership with Brisbane Square Library. The facilities of this library provide the perfect environment for hours to explore and discuss the interplay of words, realities and fiction.
Katja Birmingham, born 1978 in Erfurt, studied sinology and ethnology in Leipzig, Taiwan and Berlin before working as a correspondent for the German television broadcaster ZDF for 11 years. During this time, she was based in Berlin, Magdeburg, Moscow and Beijing. Now, Katja lives with her family at the Gold Coast. Her collection of poems called ‘Maskenlos’ (without masks) was published in March 2019.
Deborah de Groot’s Doctoral Thesis (2018) focused upon the life and work of Amalie Dietrich, a significant nineteenth-century German naturalist-collector. Her thesis is written in fictocritical style to enliven this historical character. Deborah studied as an exchange student in Germany (2008) and she has since been a guest presenter for courses in Intercultural Communication at the University Fulda. Deborah has various writings published in both Australia and Germany. She has a BComn, BA, and a DCA (Creative Writing) from the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Michelle Vine is a contemporary artist from Sydney, now based in Brisbane. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Queensland College of Art (Griffith) in 2016 and is currently completing her honours degree. As a recipient of an Australian Government ISEP grant she travelled to Germany to extend her studies at the University Kassel. Vine is engaged in a long-term research project on the German naturalist Amalie Dietrich and the botanical, zoological and ethnographic specimens she collected. In the course of this project she is developing a series of installations, digital cartographic works, virtual museum collections and writings. Vine has exhibited her work in Australia and Germany.
5:30pm – Doors open and the opportunity to meet & mingle
6:00 pm – Welcome messages
– Prof Michael Rosemann, Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany
– Sonja Griegoschweski, Director Goethe-Institut Australia
– Brisbane Square Librarian
6:15pm – Katja Birmingham:Around the World, followed by a discussion with the author
6:45pm – Dr Deborah de Groot and Michelle Vine:Amalie Dietrich – A Conversation