Programme 2018 – Overview

Monday 2 July 2018

John Banville (IRL)

The Nobel Prize candidate and Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea and Ancient Light presents his latest novel The Blue Guitar  – which is at once trenchant, witty, and shattering – about the intricacies of artistic creation, about theft, and about the ways in which we learn to possess one another, and to hold on to ourselves.

Tuesday 3 July 2018

Sofi Oksanen (FIN)

The internationally best-selling author of Purge and When the Doves Disappeared presents her spellbinding new novel Norma which is set in present-day Helsinki, about a young woman with a fantastical secret who is trying to solve the mystery of her mother's death.  

Wednesday 4 July

Rebecca Solnit (USA)

Her essay Men Explain Things to Me has become a touchstone of the feminist movement, inspired the term 'mansplaining', and established Solnit as one of the leading feminist thinkers of our time - one who has inspired everyone from #MeToo-Activists to Beyonce Knowles.


In the second part of the evening, we are showing The Smiling Madame Beudet, one of the first feminist silent movies in film history

Thursday 5 July

Clemens J. Setz (A)

The Austrian shooting star has developed a computer program capable of exploiting the data of his computer and answering in his place for interviews. The result is the fascinating and wonderfully crazy new book Bots. Conversation Without an Author.

The second part of the evening is also dedicated to Artificial Intelligence: Two hundred years after the publication of Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein in 1818, it still speaks to us directly as a myth about contemporary life. 

Friday 6 July 2018

Irvine Welsh (UK)

The best-selling cult author of Trainspotting and other tales of marginal lives in his native Edinburgh presents his new novel The Blade Artist which is set in the same universe as Trainspotting, catching up with Begbie's past and present.

If the weather is nice, we'll be showing the famous movie Trainspotting (1996) by Danny Boyle in the second part of the evening.

Saturday 7 July 2018

Carolin Emcke (GER)

Teju Cole (USA)

This unique event brings together two of the world's leading intellectuals who will discuss some of the most urgent questions of our time: The German author, philosopher and journalist Carolin Emcke is the winner of the prestigious peace prize of the German Book Trade; Teju Cole is the award-winning author of Open City and photography critic for The New York Times Magazine.  

Sunday 8 July 2018

Words on Stage

Best of Spoken Word – with Patti Basler, Renato Kaiser, Knackeboul, Lisa Christ, Jens Nielsen

The evening brings together some of the best Pop poets and Spoken Word performers of the German speaking Area.