Literature festival

©Juliana Krohn

Literaturfest München 2019

Munich’s annual literary festival is underway and there are plenty of authors from around Europe for you to discover this year. I’ve included a few events that particularly caught my eye, but the full list of events can be found here.

Newcastle-based professor of social geography Alastair Bonnett is reading from his book Unruly Places in the Gasteig’s Black Box on Saturday, 16 November. We live in a world where Google Streetview allows us to see much of the world – but for Unruly Places, Bonnett focused on those offbeat, unchartered territories (yes, they do exist!) to create a deliciously engaging armchair tour of the world. If you enjoy travel literature, it’s one for you.

On Tuesday, 19 November, the Literaturhaus is celebrating Hannah Arendt. In our current climate, Arendt remains one of the most important philosophers to have written about evil, and it will be an important, sobering evening at the Literaturhaus.

The brilliant The Poetry Project is at the Gasteig on Saturday, 23 November, with readings from refugees who fleed their home countries to travel to Europe. It’s set to be a heart-rending night of beautiful lyrics.

The literary festival runs until 1 December, and there are a huge range of diverse events to check out – from awards ceremonies, to panels, readings and parties – and it’s impressive how diverse this year’s festival is.

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I'm Rachel, the author behind Arts in Munich. I moved to Munich in the summer of 2008, and work as an editor in the city. I also do freelance work for the BBC, MONOCLE, Singapore Airlines and Kaltblut, among others, and previously wrote for the Huffington Post and Electronic Beats.

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