Event: January 2020

07:30 PM


Nature Writing: Wildlife

Event-Picture: Nature Writing: Wildlife Andrea Grill © privat, Mara-Daria Cojocaru © Gesa Koch-Weser, Sean Borodale © Mark Vessey
Andrea Grill © privat, Mara-Daria Cojocaru © Gesa Koch-Weser, Sean Borodale © Mark Vessey

Lection & Talk

with Sean Borodale author, Liverpool | Mara-Daria Cojocaru author, Munich | Andrea Grill author, Vienna | Hosted by Asmus Trautsch author, Berlin

To our second evening of Nature Writing, we welcome poets whose descriptions of wildlife waver between scientific severity and calculated anthropomorphism. The British poet Sean Borodale (born in London in 1973) is reading from his book Bee Journal (Jonathan Cape 2012). It is a lyric and at the same time scientifically precise journal of beekeeping – from the establishing of a bee colony to the queen’s death in the beehive.

Mara-Daria Cojocaru (born in Hamburg in 1980), poet and lecturer in practical philosophy, outlines a new study of species and relations showing a sovereign mastery of different terminologies. Artistically, she describes a dying wasp that is digested by enzymes inside of a fig.

Poet and biologist Andrea Grill (born in Bad Ischl in 1975) gained her doctorate degree on the evolution of endemic butterflies on Sardinia. For a natural history series published by Matthes & Seitz, she wrote Schmetterlinge. Ein Protrait. Grill said in an interview: “Imagining being a butterfly is similar to trying to imagine living in four-, seven- or x-dimensional space.”

English-German interpreting will be available for the event.

With kind support by Stiftung Preußische Seehandlung, British Council, Österreichisches Kulturforum and ECHOO Konferenzdolmetschen


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