‘Ich bin ein Migrant’ – meet our star student writers and authors

Thursday 16 February 2017

Two award-winning authors – Anja Tuckermann and Ulrike Ulrich – will take part in a special celebration for the winners of this year’s German writing competition organised by the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR) at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. And you are invited too.

Submissions had come from a range of learners and from all walks of life for the third annual writing challenge for all learners and lovers of German, a joint development by IMLR and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

At a time when social and mass media have been full of heart-wrenching tales of human flight, entrants were asked to write a story on the theme in German. Two top-rated German-speaking authors, Anja Tuckermann (Berlin) and Ulrike Ulrich (Zurich), provided the beginnings of stories of migration. Then it was the competitors’ turn to take these beginnings and spinning the yarns on to completion.

The prize-giving event at Senate House on 1 March (5.30pm, room 349) provides an opportunity to listen to the winners’ and runners-ups’ entries in each group. It also affords the chance to hear the authors’ own story endings.

The competition has been built on the successes of the 2014 poetry competition organised in cooperation with the British Museum’s ‘Germany – memories of a nation’ exhibition. This was followed in 2015 by the translation competition based on Annett Gröschner’s novel Walpurgistag.

Of the 69 entries to this year’s challenge, 39 were from secondary school students and sixth formers and 16 from undergraduates. The winners were chosen by a panel of UK-based academics who declare the submissions in all five categories (secondary schools, undergraduates, postgraduates, native speakers and others) surprising, touching, complex, and a joy to read.

The competition is run in cooperation between DAAD London and the Institute of Modern Languages Research. It is also kindly and generously supported by the Goethe Institut and the German and Swiss Embassies in London.

Winners and runners-ups
Secondary schools: (1) Victoria Adjei, North London Collegiate School; (2) Ellen Steiner, Sevenoaks School; (3) Kate Shilling, Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School; (4) Maximilian Goehmann, Earlscliffe Sixth Form College

Undergraduates: (1) Marie-Louise James, BA in Modern Languages, University of Cambridge; (2) Patricia Laszlo, International Business Languages with Management, Edinburgh Napier University; (3) Elizabeth Toole, German and Spanish, Bristol University; (4) Daniel Taylor, BA in Modern Languages (German and Celtic), University of Oxford

Postgraduates: (1) Sheela Mahadevan, MSt in Modern Languages (German), University of Oxford; (2) Sarah Stutt, PhD in Creative Writing, University of Hull; (3) Alasdair Park, MA Applied Translation, Aberystwyth University

Native Speakers: (1) Eva Malessa; (2) Julian Ingendaay, Dallam School, Cumbria; (3) Florian Remele, MSt in Modern Languages (German) at Somerville College, University of Oxford; (4) Dr Catherine Heszer, SOAS, University of London

Others: (1) Emma Walkers, Bilborough Sixth Form College; (2) Dr Sandra Leaton Gray, UCL; (3) Dr Camilla Leathem, Freie Universität Berlin


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