German writer Inka Parei landed in New Zealand just in time for the “weather bomb” that announced the start of March. She will be travelling around the country in a campervan as part of a mobile writer’s residency sponsored by the Goethe-Institut. Readers will be able to follow her journey in German, English and Te Reo here. Inka recently appeared at the Festival Neue Literature in New York with five other contemporary German-language writers. She is the author of three novels, most recently Die Kältezentrale (for further info and an extract in English see the Festival Neue Literatur’s website). Her debut, published in English as The Shadow Boxing Woman by Seagull last year, has just been nominated for the Best Translated Book Award. Katy Derbyshire, the book’s English-language translator, is currently working on Inka’s second novel, to be published in English by Seagull as What Darkness Was (you can get a preview in the brand new issue of Sport).
Inka will be speaking about her work and her NZ travels at a Temporary Literaturhaus event in Wellington on Friday 23rd March.