Dear Nyana,

Thank you so much for all the information, links and photos. I would love to join the Monday Readers/Writers Club someday. I miss that: Coming together with other authors, readers, journalists and other literature enthusiasts to read and discuss our own texts. I was already thinking about organizing something similar in Bremen for a long time. It would be nice to have an open space with a similar nice atmosphere, as it seems to be in the Club that is organized by Femrite. And yes, sure, I´d love to hear you talking more about Femrite.

Concerning teaching creative writing: I´m sure you will do a great job, because there is so much you know and have to tell about poetry. I´m very impressed by your blog, there is so much to discover, all these exciting interviews (Unfortunately, I have only read three or four till now), brilliant poems and short stories. I have to read more of them in the next few days and I´d like to know more about the tradition of fireplace tales.

Also, I´m very impressed by the work and success of Peter Kagayi Mutanga in teaching, which he describes in the interview on your blog. It sounds as though he is doing very important work in the schools and is having astonishing results. I love to teach creative writing at schools, universities or anywhere else. At university I just taught a class that I have a lot of experience with. I´m working as a prose-writer and as a journalist so, I decided to do a lot with observing and describing in the seminar. Many times the students had to go out to look for something to describe. So, the first step was to watch and the second was to describe what they have seen, preferably (as much as possible) without evaluating, just describing for the moment. The third step was to work with these descriptions. I wanted them to play with and to modify these texts. For writing variations I worked with a book I admire – “Exercices de style” by Raymond Queneau; also I worked a lot with a book, that is written by one of Nikolas teachers in Hildesheim: Stephan Porombka. The book is called “Kritiken schreiben – Ein Trainingsbuch” (“writing reviews – a training book”. I´m sorry, it´s not translated till now).

You have written, that you also work as an editor. I do that as well, at the moment in particular, for a project I worked on with the Bremer Literaturkontor: a new publication series called “MiniLit”. This is a small booklet where we publish the stories of young authors from Bremen. There are always two stories in one edition. The first one is already published, the next one will be printed soon, and the third one is in progress. I´d like to know what kind of editing you are doing.

The cultural Centre Lagerhaus in Bremen

The home of the Slam Bremen: the cultural Centre Lagerhaus in Bremen

Beyond that, I´m looking forward to hearing about the recitals. I love to go to readings and I love to read my own stories in front of an audience (you will hear more about that in my input-text on Monday). Yesterday, I visited a Poetry Slam in the cultural Centre Lagerhaus, together with 100-150 other people for four hours(!). There is a vivid slam-scene in Bremen. How about Kampala? Are there any Poetry Slams or anything similar like storytelling-competitions?

The winner of the Lagerhaus-Slam yesterday - vorwiegendinmoll

The winner of the Lagerhaus-Slam yesterday: vorwiegendinmoll

Enjoy your weekend!

Jens

PS: If you like, here´s a video showing the German Poetry-Slam-Champion 2014 – Lars Ruppel (I´m sorry, it´s in German, but maybe it helps to get an impression).

PPS: Something I forgot to say. The German Poetry-Slam-Champion Lars Ruppel is not just a great Poet and Performer, but he is also a great teacher. Twice I attended a Slam-Workshop of Lars; another time, when I worked for the virtual Literaturhaus Bremen together with the writer Jutta Reichelt on a school project called “netzdichte“, we had Lars one day as a guest. He prepared the pupils for their reading. The boys and girls loved working together with Lars, because he is so passionate about what he does. All three times I saw him as a teacher, he did a superb job – I learned a lot and it was fun. The reason why he is such a brilliant teacher, is very simple: He really loves what he is doing, and you can feel that every minute in his workshops. If you love, what you do and you want to share with others, I suppose, then these are ideal conditions to be an excellent teacher.