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Goethe Institute SF: Lunchtime Lecture

In Berlin Wall, GDR, Running on August 28, 2009 at 1:41 am

I’ll be speaking about my experiences on the Grenzenlos Laufen at San Francisco’s Goethe Institute at a (free) lunchtime lecture on Wednesday 16th September.

Ursula Dinter of the institute has arranged for me to speak in the basement of the building at 530 Bush Street in SF’s downtown.

If you’re in the area, please come along. All welcome.

Runner’s World Article

In Berlin Wall, GDR, Germany, Running on August 17, 2009 at 4:28 pm

The run along the border is due to appear as a feature in the UK edition of Runner’s World, the UK’s leading running magazine. Issue TBC soon.

Look out for more updates to the site soon.

Running the Berlin Wall blogging makes Berlin anthology

In Berlin Wall, Books, GDR on August 10, 2009 at 4:28 pm
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Some of my blogging on here – and on my sister site Bookpacking – about Berlin has been selected by the very nice people at Oxygen Books for their new City-lit series city-specific anthologies.

The format is to take a selection of writings about a city from some of the big literary guns, like Hemingway or Stein for Paris, mix it up with more contemporary writers and then give it some edge with some contributions from the blogosphere.

In the Berlin book, my entries will rub shoulders with excerpts from the likes of award-winning war reporter – and short-suffering wife to Hemingway – Martha Gellhorn and David Bowie. Another contributor is Anna Pfunder, writer of the excellent Stasiland.

In my own humble view, to be included alongside the works of such talented people is both an honour and an inspiration. And my own situation perfectly exemplifies the value of writing what you know (cliched but true); but also of writing about what excites and motivates you. Because that passion will come through in your prose.

To paraphrase Sontag, I wonder if this qualifies me for membership of (the very lowest echelons of) the Republic of Letters?