20 February 2017

German writing competition

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Lower Sixth student Ellen Steiner has won second prize in the writing competition "When Cultures Meet", held by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and IMLR (Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study) together with the Goethe-Institut and the Swiss and German Embassies in London.

Two German-speaking authors, Anja Tuckermann (Berlin) and Ulrike Ulrich (Zurich), provided beginnings of stories about migration. The entrants’ had to take one of these beginnings and continue them on. Participants were free to develop their text in any direction they choose. For example they could write a story of flight or refuge, of identities and self-images, of encounters or new beginnings. Their story could be set in the past, the present or the future and in any geographical setting. The only rule was that it must not be longer than 250 words.

Ellen will now attend an evening on 1 March 2017 to celebrate all prize-winners, learn more about the authors, and to meet members of the jury and the IMLR and DAAD, as well as representatives of German and Swiss cultural institutions.

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