Jun
13
7:00 PM19:00

Invitation to play board games

  • Auckland University, Humanities Common Room, Arts 1, 206-523 (map)
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The Goethe Society has the perfect antidote to a cold winter's night: a cosy evening playing board games - in German.  You'll no doubt be familiar with classic games such as Monopoly and The Game of Life - but have you ever played the German versions before?  We'll even throw in some Haribo on the side, to sweeten the deal.

Players of all language abilities are welcome - the aim of the game is to have a bit of fun, with some German thrown in.  Your only challenge will be choosing which game to play... 

Latecomers are also welcome. The evening should wrap 9pm-ish, but with flexibility (of course!) to allow games to finish.

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May
16
7:00 PM19:00

German Quiz Evening

  • University of Auckland, Arts 2 Building, Pat Hannan Room (map)
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oin us for a fun trivia evening and show us how much you know about the German speaking world. 

How does it work?
Structured like a pub quiz, questions will come from such diverse fields as history, geography, society, popular culture, literature, music and sports and will be presented through a variety of media.
 
Who can enter?
Anyone with an interest in things German/Swiss/Austrian and some knowledge of the language can participate in the quiz. However, for reasons of fairness, German teachers and native speakers will play in a separate category. 
 
Does it cost anything to enter?
No, participation is free and there will be some fun prizes as well as light refreshments after the event.

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May
9
6:30 PM18:30

From Tübingen to Tiflis

  • University of Auckland, Arts 2 Building, Pat Hannan Room (map)
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The Goethe Society has the unique pleasure of hosting brilliant young German writer Katharina Rehart for an evening reading of her recent work, with the following theme

Hitchhiking from Tübingen to Tiflis. A train journey through Russia. And somehow getting across Mongolia. Those are Katharina's plans. Her parents are sceptical. Her friends are divided. But Katharina needs to get away. She cuts loose, escapes - and writes about it.

Katharina's reading will take place in German, giving an excellent opportunity to immerse ourselves in German language.  Katharina will also take us through her creative writing process and insights. We'd love you to join us on a literary journey with this talented young writer.

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Apr
16
5:30 PM17:30

Sexuality in Interwar German Film

  • University of Auckland, Pat Hannan Room, Arts 2 Building (map)
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Katie Sutton will talk about 'Scientific Respectability and Popular Disseminations of Sex Research in Interwar German Film'. In the socially progressive and politically tumultuous interwar period, researchers in the German-speaking lands were world leaders in the study of sex. She will focus on two films, one documentary and one fictional, that deal with questions of deviant sexualities and personalities in ways that aligned with the important Weimar-era genre of the social hygiene film. The Steinach-Film (The Steinach Film, 1923), a documentary detailing Viennese physiologist Eugen Steinach’s pioneering sex organ transplant experiments, and G W Pabst’s 'Geheimnisse einer Seele' (1926), a thriller narrative as a means of popularizing the still-new methods and theories of psychoanalysis. 

 

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Dr Katie Sutton is a lecturer in German and Gender, Sexuality and Cultural Studies at the Australian National University, School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics. She is the author of 'The Masculine Woman in Weimar Germany' (Berghahn Books, 2011), and is currently working on a book project on encounters between psychoanalysis and sexual science in the German-speaking world from 1890-1930. 

 

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Mar
19
4:00 PM16:00

Research into Language Teaching and Learning in Germany – then and now

  • University of Auckland, Pat Hannan Room, Arts 2 Building (map)
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Professor Emerita Friederike Klippel, University of Munich 

 Most research in any field these days concentrates on clearly focused questions and limited areas. In language education and applied linguistics, this is partly due to the current preference for empirical research. With specialisation growing in all disciplines it becomes more and more difficult, however, to gain a general overview and see long-term research developments and changing emphases within a whole field.  In Germany, research into the teaching and learning of modern languages and language teacher preparation spans a period of more than a century. During that time we can distinguish different trends in relation to the following questions: What are the topics and areas of research? How is research conducted? Who are the researchers? Where does research happen? I report on trends and developments in the last 120 years and sketch the current state of research, also casting a look at its present blind spots.
 
 

 Friederike Klippel is Professor Emerita of English Language Education (TEFL, TESOL) at LudwigMaximilians-University (LMU) in Munich, Germany. She has been active in English language teacher education for more than 40 years. Her research areas comprise the history of language teaching and learning, language teaching methodology, classroom research, intercultural education, teacher education and professional development.

Friederike Klippel is Professor Emerita of English Language Education (TEFL, TESOL) at LudwigMaximilians-University (LMU) in Munich, Germany. She has been active in English language teacher education for more than 40 years. Her research areas comprise the history of language teaching and learning, language teaching methodology, classroom research, intercultural education, teacher education and professional development.

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Dec
15
6:00 PM18:00

Weihnachtsfeier -- Xmas party

  • UoA Epsom Campus, B Block, music auditorium (map)
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And it's that time of the year again! Come and join us at the Goethe Society for this year's Weihnachtsfeier with Stollen, Plätzchen, and some Glühwein (hopefully).

This year's cultural entertainment is going to be:

Volker Strübing (GI writer in residence in Christchurch) & Renée van Bavel will perform songs (some in English, some in German; voice and piano) on the topic of their travels in New Zealand.  Between sets, they will speak about their experiences in English.

Volker's blog can be found here in German, and in English.

Read more about Volker here in German, and in English.

All welcome.

In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut New Zealand.

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Nov
28
6:00 PM18:00

Last Stammtisch of the Year

Join us for our last Stammtisch of the year!

Where?
Brew on Quay, 102 Quay St, Akl CBD.

When?
Last Tuesday of the month, from 6pm.

What?
Chatting in German (no fluency needed!) over a beer or other drink.

All welcome!

Recognise us by our Goethe Soc sign on the table. We're usually in one of the ground floor "rooms" in Brew on Quay, which used to be a police station.

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Nov
8
7:30 PM19:30

Film Screening

  • UoA City Campus, Arts 2, Pat Hanan Room (map)
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This event follows our AGM that same evening.

Ulli Weissbach, film maker and Auckland resident, died in September this year. As a successful producer and director of many documentaries about the Pacific, Ulli placed his films regularly with large TV stations, among them French/German ARTE, German ARD and others. His most recent appearance for the Auckland Goethe Society had been in 2014, when he presented his documentary about Samoa 100 years after German colonial rule had ended.

Ulli was scheduled for an event with the Goethe Society this spring. Instead, we're now going to dedicate this evening to his memory with a screening of his documentary about solar energy in Tokelau.

Film shown in English version.

Drinks and nibbles as usual.

All welcome.

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Nov
8
6:00 PM18:00

AGM 2017

  • UoA City Campus, Arts 2, Pat Hanan Room (map)
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It's that time of the year again: our Annual General Meeting is upon us.

The Goethe Society relies entirely on the work of volunteers, and it is because and for the community of those interested in German culture and language that the Society exists.

All members of the Auckland Goethe Society are cordially invited to attend.

A number of positions on the committee will open up due to a couple of people leaving Auckland. A list with the available positions will be sent around before; please remember to get yourself nominated for a position if you're keen on taking one on.

As usual, the AGM will be followed by a normal event at 7.30pm.

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Oct
18
4:00 PM16:00

Presentation

  • University of Auckland, Arts 1 building, Rm 215 (map)
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We invite you to an event hosted by the School of Cultures Languages and Linguistics, presented by our new Senior Lecturer in German, Dr Diana Feick (picture). The bulk of the scholarship on Learner Autonomy in the foreign language classroom focuses mainly on the individual learner. However, established measures of fostering learner autonomy have reached their limits of their usefulness when it comes to classroom-based learning and teaching contexts. This observation motivated my investigation into the socio-interactional nature of learner autonomy. I studied a group work situation of a mobile phone video project with 13 Mexican adult learners of German as a Foreign Language. The aim was to examine autonomy, heteronomy and participation in L2 classroom negotiations. These constructs have been shown to be highly influential to second language learning (Lave & Wenger 1991, Little 2000, O ÏLeary 2014, Schmenk 2008, Thornbury 2012). The data unveil a strong link between individual interaction styles, different types of participation, group discourse patterns and the display of group autonomy and/or personal autonomy. The study's outcome is an empirically grounded, theoretical model of social autonomy in the L2 classroom. Its practical implications will be taken into consideration.

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Oct
17
to Oct 28

The Winterreise Project

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German culture with a Kiwi twist.
The Winterreise Project is a cabaret show/apocalyptic vision of obsession, with all the feminist power and black humour the Trump-era demands. Based on Schubert’s Winterreise song-cycle, this highly experimental, devised opera/cabaret combines music from 30’s Berlin with Schubert’s music to portray a woman’s obsession in the time of presidential tweet-storms.

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Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

Jan Kemp: Dante Down Under / Il Cielo di Dante

  • UoA City Campus, Pat Hanan Room, Arts 2 level 5 (map)
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U Auckland German studies alumna Jan Kemp is returning to her alma mater for a book launch!

In her collection Dante's Heaven Jan Kemp geographically locates Dante's point of emergence from the tunnel leading out of Inferno into Purgatorio in the Pacific Ocean. Here he views the Southern Cross for the first time. Jan sees him to Aotearoa/New Zealand where he experiences his first southern hemisphere sunrise, meets other poets and artists, learns something of her country's peoples, culture, flora & fauna and disguised as a pukeko (swamp hen) travels south to view Aoraki/Mt Cook, N.Z.'s highest peak.

Kemp re-imagines the tor in a yacht-anchored, swimming bay near Auckland as a mini Mt Purgatory on which, in Maori myth, a girl sits and waits for her lover's return. Their reunion would take place on top of the tor, in Dante's 'earthly paradise', known in N.Z. as 'heaven'. In a concluding cycle of poems "Love is a babe", Kemp imagines for herself a male muse, Beatus, and gives Dante's young Beatrice a voice with which to address the young Dante of Vita Nuova.

A poet with a lot of travel experience under her belt, Jan originally hails from Hamilton, but has taught literature at universities across the globe for many years. In the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2005 she was awarded an MNZM for services to literature.
Find out more about Jan's poetry here.

The reading and presentation will be in English and German.

Drinks and nibbles as usual.

All welcome!

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Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

Goethe Society Exams: prizegiving

  • UoA City Campus, Business School, Fisher&Paykel Auditorium (map)
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Students & Families & Teachers,

Please join us for the annual Prize Giving Ceremony following the Auckland Goethe Society German exams back in June/July and August.

Our distinguished speaker that evening will be:

Dr Nicola Gaston
Associate Professor in Physics, University of Auckland, Faculty of Science
Deputy Director, MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology
former President, New Zealand Association of Scientists (2013-2015)

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Sep
21
6:30 PM18:30

The Good Colony? Samoa under German Rule

  • UoA City Campus, Arts 1 Building, room 209 (map)
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This week, UoA German is hosting a distinguished guest: Associate Professor Matthew P Fitzpatrick from the College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. Matt is a specialist on colonialism in the Pacific and has agreed to give a talk for the Goethe Society.

German colonialism is often viewed as a prelude to the horrors of the Third Reich. According to this view, the genocidal warfare of German Southwest Africa is indicative of Germany’s characteristically brutal history of imperialist conduct. But where does this leave the history of Samoa under German rule? By examining elements of the history German colonialism in Samoa, this paper suggests that the Nazi analogy is a poor one for understanding liberal forms of imperialism, both in Samoa and elsewhere. It obscures the suppleness of empire and the scope for creating systems of domination without recourse to widespread atrocities. Accordingly, this paper suggests an alternative narration of German Samoa; one that neither seeks to reduce it to the pre-history of the Holocaust nor to rehabilitate it naively as Germany’s ‘good colony’.

The talk will be in English.

Drinks and nibbles as usual.

All welcome. Non-members are asked for a gold coin koha.

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Sep
5
to Sep 10

German Film Festival

It's that time of the year again, and the Goethe-Institut have been busy bees organising this with the support from many different partners:

German Film Festival 2017

Auckland 5 - 10 September
Academy Cinemas
44 Lorne St (directly underneath the public library)

Goethe-Institut webpage for the GFF here.

Programme PDF here.

Tickets are FREE again, just like in the last couple of years. Tickets can be picked up on the day for that day only. First come, first served. And let's hope the cinema doesn't alter its ideas about that again like they did last year...

Further locations are.
Wellington 13-16 Sept
Christchurch 23-24 Sept
Dunedin 30 Sept-1 Oct
New Plymouth 3-8 Oct

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Aug
22
to Aug 26

Annual German Play: Ein Schluck zuviel

  • UoA City Campus, Arts 1 building, Drama Studio (map)
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The fabulous German Drama Co. is back for its 55th year with a play in German at the University of Auckland! As always, this is an all-student production.

'Ein Schluck zuviel', an adaptation of Pierre Chesnot's play, serves as an important warning against excessive drinking: our hero Michel wakes up in a strange environment with a terrible headache and must uncover the mystery of what got him there.

Directed by Dacia Benson.

The play is entirely in German, but the programme leaflet will contain a synopsis in English.

5 nights only
22-26 Aug @ 7pm
Drama Studio
UoA City Campus, Arts 1 Building

Buy tickets here:

http://www.germandramacompany.com/buy-tickets

There are only 60 seats per night, i.e. best book your tickets online ahead of time.

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Aug
12
10:00 AM10:00

Goethe Society Exams: orals

The Auckland Goethe Society conducts an annual German competition for secondary school students: the Goethe Society Exams.

The written examination usually takes place in June, and students who were particularly successful during that stage are then invited to participate in the oral examinations.

If you are a Goethe Soc member and would like to help out during the orals, please contact us at:
aucklandgoethesociety@gmail.com
You should be fully fluent in German and feel competent to evaluate students' performance during the orals.

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Aug
10
6:00 PM18:00

Luther’s Sendbrief vom Dolmetchen/Circular Letter on Translation

  • UoA City Campus, Arts 1 Building, room 315 (206-315) (map)
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Irascibility, Colloquialism, and the Paradoxes of Translation

Martin Luther’s 1530 circular letter on translation belongs to a genre that has long been a mainstay of the emerging field of translation studies: the irascible open letter defending one’s own translation against carpers. St. Jerome wrote one as well; so did Erasmus of Rotterdam, in defending his new Greek text and Latin translation of the New Testament in 1518. (The other mainstay genre in the field is the humble translator’s preface that admits to every possible failure, apologizes for inadequacy, and hopes that a better translator will come along in the future and do the brilliant source text justice. Full disclosure: I lean more strongly in the Jerome-Erasmus-Luther direction. My new book Aleksis Kivi and/as World Literature is among other things a book-length irascible self-defense.)

This paper will look closely at Luther’s letter, under three headings: (1) Why is Luther so angry? (G.K. Chesterton called him a bully; but if he is, what makes him one?) (2) What does he mean by the famous principle that “You’ve got to go out and ask the mother in her house, the children in the street, the ordinary man at the market. Watch their mouths move when they talk, and translate that way. Then they’ll understand you and realize that you’re speaking German to them”? (3) How do you translate that focus on “speaking German” into another language, say, English? Do you pretend you’re speaking German, even though you’re actually speaking/writing English? Or do you read Luther’s emphasis on “speaking German” as code for “speaking the target language,” and simply push everything over into English?

Douglas Robinson is Chair Professor of English at Hong Kong Baptist University. His area of speciality is Translation.

The talk will be given in English.

All welcome. Drinks and nibbles provided as usual.

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Jul
26
7:00 PM19:00

500 Years of Protestant Reformation

  • UoA Epsom Campus, B Block, room 104 (map)
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Eisenach, Erfurt, Wittenberg, Worms and more! 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation initiated by Martin Luther writing 95 theses against the sale of indulgences in the Catholic Church and, by popular belief, nailing them to a church door in Wittenberg. But Wittenberg was not the only place where things happened. Heike Papenthin will take us on a virtual tour to places related to Martin Luther’s life and legacy.

Heike, a long-time member of the Auckland Goethe Society, trained and worked as a teacher for English and Religious Education in German secondary schools before coming to New Zealand in 2013. Keenly interested in Reformation matters, she has kindly agreed to put into context what, as a one-off, has given Germany an additional public holiday this year: Reformation Day (on 31 October).

The presentation will be held in English. Drinks and nibbles will be provided.

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Jun
21
7:00 PM19:00

Film Screening: Die innere Sicherheit

  • UoA City Campus, Pat Hanan Room, Arts 2 room 501 (map)
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The film Die innere Sicherheit brings our series on political activism to a close.

Hans and Clara live in Portugal with their 15 year old daughter Jeanne. They are about to emigrate to Brazil, when Jeanne starts connecting to her peers more and more. What is normal teenage behaviour becomes a huge problem for Hans and Clara: both were active during the left radical terrorist times in Germany in the late 1970s and have been on the run ever since.

2000
Directed by Christian Petzold
Starring Barbara Auer, Richy Müller, and Julia Hummer
106 minutes

The film will be shown in German with English subtitles.

Drinks and nibbles as usual.

Screened in co-operation with the Goethe-Institut New Zealand.

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May
24
7:00 PM19:00

Double feature: Esterhazy & Mauerhase

  • UoA Epsom Campus, D Block, Te Puna Wananga (map)
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Kids friendly! This is a double feature evening with two short films (25 mins & 50 mins).

Film 1
Animation feature Esterhazy puts on screen the children's book by Irene Disch and Hans Magnus Enzensberger -- two names that will ring familiar to those who have attended secondary school in Germany. Let yourself and your kids be charmed by this old school clay animation film, following the story of young rabbit Esterhazy who lives by the Berlin Wall in 1989. The Wall comes down -- and then what ...?

2009
Directed by Izabela Plucinska
25 minutes

Film 2
The documentary Mauerhase (Rabbit à la Berlin) provides a fresh look at the Berlin Wall -- from the view point of the wild rabbits that lived where no humans were allowed to set foot for many decades.

2009
Directed by Bartek Konopka
50 minutes

Both films will be shown in German with English subtitles.

Drinks and nibbles as usual.

Screened in co-operation with the Goethe-Institut New Zealand.

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May
17
7:00 PM19:00

German Quiz Night

  • UoA City Campus, Pat Hanan Room (Arts 2 Bldg, room 501) (map)
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We cordially invite you to a new edition of our German Quiz. Join us for a fun trivia evening and show us how much you know about the German speaking world.

How does it work?

Structured like a pub quiz, questions will come from such diverse fields as history, geography, society, popular culture, literature, music and sports and will be presented through a variety of media.

Who can enter?

Anyone with an interest in things German/Swiss/Austrian and some knowledge of the language can participate in the quiz. However, for reasons of fairness, German teachers and native speakers will play in a separate category.

Does it cost anything to enter?

No, participation is free and there will be some fun prizes as well as light refreshments after the event.

Light refreshments will be served

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Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

Film screening: Sophie Scholl -- Die letzten Tage

  • UoA City Campus, Pat Hanan Room (Arts 2, room 501) (map)
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Sophie Scholl -- Die letzten Tage (The Final Days) is a feature film about the final days in Sophie Scholl's life. A student of Philosophy at Munich University since 1942, she is, along with her brother Hans, a member of the non-violent group Weiße Rose (White Rose) to resist the Nazi regime.

Sophie and the rest of the group Weiße Rose get arrested for distributing leaflets at the university in February 1943, and are sentenced to death and executed just a few days later.

The film is based on transcripts from the interrogation Sophie and the group were subjected to after their capture.

2005
Directed by Marc Rothemund
Starring Julia Jentsch, Fabian Hinrichs
116 minutes

Shown in German with English subtitles.

Drinks and nibbles as usual.

Screened in co-operation with the Goethe-Institut New Zealand.

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Mar
28
6:00 PM18:00

First Stammtisch of the Year

Join us for our first Stammtisch of the year!

Where?
Brew on Quay, 102 Quay St, Akl CBD.

When?
Last Tuesday of the month, from 6pm.

What?
Chatting in German (no fluency needed!) over a beer or other drink.

All welcome!

Recognise us by our Goethe Soc sign on the table. We're usually in one of the ground floor "rooms" in Brew on Quay, which used to be a police station.

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Mar
27
7:00 PM19:00

Valerie worldwide – A reading on travel experiences in Samoa

  • UoA City Campus, Arts 2, Pat Hanan Room (map)
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Austrian writer Valerie Kattenfeld is travelling around the world and putting her experiences into words. Currently, she's Down Under exploring the Pacific, and the next leg of her journey takes her to New Zealand.

At our event, she will read and recount her experiences as an Austrian traveller in Samoa, which is the current stop of her journey before coming to New Zealand.

Valerie is an Austrian writer, journalist and theatre director. She is currently on a one year journey around the world and is keeping a travelogue that will be turned into a book. Valerie A sample of her writing can be read here:

http://fm4.orf.at/valeriekattenfeld

The event will be held in both German and English with readings being done in German, but moderation done in English.

As always, there will be drinks and nibbles. Non-members are asked for a gold coin koha.

All welcome!

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