I can’t wait to be back in Berlin again. It gave me a little thrill to see the hotel the LCB has arranged for us is on the same street as the hostel I stayed in the very first time I went there. That was back in 2003 when I was researching for my dissertation (I ended up writing about something completely different to my original proposal after becoming fascinated by post-Wende literature and the GDR). That August was a sweltering one, ever memorable for me as the year I fell for Berlin.
I’ll be the first to admit I’m a lucky woman this summer, attending both the BCLT Translation Workshop and the LCB too. I certainly don’t want next week to go quickly, but I’m looking forward to bottling up all the inspiration and ideas I’m sure will be flowing around, then applying them to my work this autumn and beyond.
PS: The note added at the bottom of the programme was music to my ears:’’Bitte bei der Kofferauswahl beachten’’ Each participant will be given a bag of around 10 books to bring home, so please bear this in mind when selecting a suitcase!