Celebrating East African Writing!
We are excited to have German Author Tanja Dückers joining us on the 1st of April at the Goethe- Institut Nairobi.She will be conducting a short writing workshop for selected upcoming Kenyan writers at the Goethe-Institut on 1st April 2016 in cooperation with Storymoja.
Tanja Dückers was born on 25 September 1968 in Berlin (West). She is the daughter of the well-known art historian (and expert on the work of George Grosz) Alexander Dückers. She lives with her family in Berlin (East).
After an extended stay in the United States, she read German studies, Dutch studies, American studies and art history at Berlin’s Free University and at Amsterdam University, graduating with an interdisciplinary dissertation on “The aesthetic of the sublime in modern painting, as seen in the work of Barnett Newman”.
During her studies, she worked for three years as a copywriter for news and weather broadcasts on Deutsche Welle TV in Berlin and as an editorial assistant for various publishers. Her first two books, twin volumes of poetry, were published while she was still studying, her first novel shortly after she graduated. Since her studies, Tanja Dückers has made her living as a freelance writer and journalist. She also teaches on German studies programmes outside Germany.
Scholarships and teaching jobs have taken her, among other places, to Los Angeles, Meadville/Pennsylvania, Amsterdam, Flanders and Brussels, Bristol, Barcelona, Paris, Prague, Krakow, Bucharest, Sibiu, Sylt and Ahrenshoop, Gotland/Sweden, Cyprus and Salzburg. Though travelling a lot, Tanja Dückers has never been doing any trip in her life without having a home in Berlin.