Tutors & Staff
VICTORIA GOSLING is the founder of The Reader Berlin and host of the monthly Sunday Salon series. Offering manuscript assessments, mentoring, expert feedback and guidance, she has consulted on a wide range of publications currently available in print and online. Alongside directing The Reader’s day-to-day activities, she works as a freelance editor, writer and consultant and is a former contributing editor of Berlin Stories for NPR. In 2012, her novel LETTERS TO G. was selected as one of the winners of the Mslexia Novel Prize. Photograph: Sandra Bedenk
SUSANNA FORREST has just finished The Age of the Horse, her second nonfiction title for Atlantic Books. It’s an eclectic history of the relationship between horses and mankind that takes in everything from Bronze Age tribes of the steppes to traumatised US army veterans, bull-fighting in Portugal and terrorist attacks on abattoirs. Her first book, If Wishes Were Horses, tackled the phenomenon of horse-crazy girls. It was acclaimed as “richly evocative” (The Guardian), “Delicious” (Melanie Reid, The Times), “lyrical” (Sunday Telegraph) and “delightful and exhaustively researched” (TLS). She’s written for the New York Times, Guardian, Telegraph, Times and others, and got her first break editing and commissioning writers like Michel Faber, DBC Pierre and Sarah Hall at the Erotic Review magazine.
DIMITRA DIDANGELOU is a psychologist, science journalist and author who aims to help people gain insight and bring balance into their lives through expressive writing. Alongside with campaigning to raise public awareness about mental health issues, she is the founder of “Psyche”, a consultancy which offers online workshops promoting conscious living. Her training includes Advanced Study in Therapeutic Writing (The Center for Journal Writing in Denver, CO, USA), an MSc in Psychology and the Mass Media, a BA in Psychology and a Certificate in Philosophical Counseling and Psychotherapy. Dimitra is a published novelist and author of many short stories. Photograph: Tilman Vogler
FATIN ABBAS has a PhD in Comparative Literature from Harvard University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Hunter College, the City University of New York. Her fiction has appeared in Freeman’s, The Warwick Review, Friction, and her non-fiction has appeared in The Nation, Bidoun, Africa is a Country, and openDemocracy.net. An excerpt from her first novel appears in the inaugural issue of Freeman’s (October 2015).
JOY C. MITCHELL is a screenwriter, journalist, and story consultant with an MFA in Creative Writing & Screenwriting from Emerson College. Previously, she studied journalism and screenwriting at USC. A Los Angeles native, she’s worked in TV development and production at NBCUniversal’s Syfy and Universal Cable Productions, the USA Network’s studio, where she provided story notes on shows like Paranormal Witness and coverage on script submissions. She was a semi-finalist in the Warner Bros’ TV Writer’s Workshop in 2012 for her spec episode of Showtime’s “Shameless,” and a quarter-finalist in ColorCreative TV’s drama pilot competition for her music drama pilot “Rocked.” Additionally, she’s worked as a researcher and on-set for other Los Angeles-based production companies and shows. Her writing has been published in Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, and Berlin Beat among others. She works in Berlin as a full-time freelance writer.
KENNY FRIES is the author of The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin’s Theory (Carroll and Graf), which received the Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights), and Body, Remember: A Memoir (Dutton), as well as the editor of Staring Back: The Disability Experience from the Inside Out (Plume). His books of poems include Anesthesia (The Advocado Press) and Desert Walking (The Advocado Press). He was commissioned by Houston Grand Opera to write the libretto for “The Memory Stone,” which premiered at Asia Society Texas Center. He has been a Creative Arts Fellow of the Japan/US Friendship Commission and the National Endowment of the Arts, a Fulbright Scholar to Japan, and recipient of the grant in innovative literature from Creative Capital, as well as grants from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange), Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and Toronto Arts Council. He teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Goddard College.
JANE FLETT is a philosopher, cellist, and seamstress of most fetching stories. Her poetry features in Salt’s Best British Poetry 2012 and is available as a chapbook, Quick, to the Hothouse, from dancing girl press. Her fiction—which Tom Robbins described as “among the most exciting things I’ve read since social networking crippled the Language Wheel”—has been commissioned for BBC Radio and performed at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. http://janeflett.com/
CLARE WIGFALL has lived in London, Berkeley, Prague, Edinburgh, and presently Berlin. Her debut short story collection THE LOUDEST SOUND AND NOTHING (Faber & Faber) was published in 2007 to critical acclaim, described by the Guardian as ‘energisingly, awe-inspiringly, intimidatingly good’. The following year she won the BBC National Short Story Award and was later nominated by William Trevor for an E.M. Forster Award. She has published in Prospect, the Dublin Review, New Writing 10, and A Public Space, and has written for BBC Radio and NPR Berlin. She holds an MA from the University of East Anglia’s prestigious creative writing programme where she was awarded the Curtis Brown Prize. Clare has taught writing workshops all over Europe, including for the Arvon Foundation, the Cork International Short Story Festival, and the BBC at the Fringe; she is approachable, generous with her experience, and her teaching has an energy that never fails to inspire her students. http://www.faber.co.uk/catalog/author/clare-wigfall
C.J. HOPKINS began writing for the stage in New York City in the 1990s. His plays have been commissioned, produced and have toured internationally, playing theatres and festivals such as Riverside Studios (London), 59E59 Theaters (New York), Belvoir St. Theatre (Sydney), Traverse Theatre (Edinburgh), and the Du Maurier World Stage Festival (Toronto), among many others. His playwriting awards include the 2002 Best of the Fringe Firsts in Edinburgh, Scotsman Fringe Firsts for New Writing in 2002 and 2005, and the 2004 Best of the Adelaide Fringe award. Editions of his plays are published by Bloomsbury Publishing (Methuen) and Broadway Play Publishing, Inc. He holds a B.A. in Cinema from the University of Miami. http://cjhopkins.com/
DONNA STONECIPHER is the author of three books of poetry, most recently The Cosmopolitan, which won the National Poetry Series competition and was published by Coffee House Press, and recently returns from teaching at the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She lives in Berlin. http://www.powells.com/biblio/
KRISTEN HARRISON taught production and print management in her native Melbourne, before moving to London in 2004 to work in Penguin’s production and editorial departments. In 2011, she founded The Curved House. Described by the UK Bookseller as “the ultimate hybrid company”, The Curved House produces books, websites and videos for publishers and book-related business including Faber, Penguin Random House, Waterstones, Newsweek, Harvill Secker and many more. They also train authors and publishers to get the most of the web and this includes running regular one-to-one web surgeries at the Society of Authors in London, where Kristen is digital adviser.
TOD WODICKA was born and raised in upstate New York. He has lived in just as many places as Clare Wigfall, but mostly by accident. He currently lives in Berlin. His first novel, the acclaimed, ALL SHALL BE WELL; AND ALL SHALL BE WELL; AND ALL MANNER OF THINGS SHALL BE WELL (Jonathan Cape/Vintage, UK) was published in 2007 and has been translated into several languages. The New Statesman pronounced it ‘Vibrant, original, at times hilarious…reminiscent of Philip Roth or Jonathan Franzen (or The Royal Tenenbaums)’. It was shortlisted for the Believer Book Award in 2009. His second novel, THE HOUSEHOLD SPIRIT is due in 2014/15. His essays and criticism have appeared in the Guardian, Granta, the New Statesman, the National, Tank Magazine and AnOther Magazine, among others. He has been an English teacher and recently helped mentor aspiring novelists in the Tibor Jones Writer’s Studio.
KERRY HUDSON was born in Aberdeen. Her first novel, TONY HOGAN BOUGHT ME AN ICE-CREAM FLOAT BEFORE HE STOLE MY MA was published by Penguin Random House and was the winner of the Scottish First Book Award and shortlisted for the Southbank Sky Arts Literature Award, Guardian First Book Award, Green Carnation Prize, Author’s Club First Novel Prize and the Polari First Book Award. Kerry’s second novel, THIRST was shortlisted for the Green Carnation Prize and has just been longlisted for France’s prestigious Prix Femina. She was selected a Bookseller Magazine ‘Rising Star’ and a WH Smiths ‘Fresh Talent’ pick. Her books are also published in the US, France and Italy. Kerry founded The WoMentoring Project and teaches with the National Academy of Writing at Cambridge University, Arvon Foundation, Writers’ Centre Norwich and is a mentor for IdeasTap Inspires.
ZACK ROCK is an American picture book author/artist and newly christened Berliner. His first title, Homer Henry Hudson’s Curio Museum, hit bookshelves August this year. Kirkus Review wrote of the book, “Hudson claims, ‘Everything has a story.’ And through his personal descriptions and musings over each artifact, he knows how to tell a good one.” His second title, the Berlin-inspired The Unexpected, is due out in 2016. He has lectured in picture books, and received his MA from the Cambridge School of Art’s acclaimed program in Children’s Book Illustration. Zack is also the proud owner of www.zackrock.com.
RORY MACLEAN — one of Britain’s most expressive and adventurous travel writers — has known three Berlins: West Berlin, where he made movies with David Bowie; East Berlin, where he researched his first best-selling book STALIN’S NOSE; and the unified capital where he has just completed his tenth book BERLIN, a history of the city told through the biographies of its 21 most creative residents. According to the late John Fowles, Rory’s books are among those that ‘marvellously explain why literature still lives’. Every week he blogs on Berlin for Goethe Institut and is writer-in-residence at London’s Archive of Modern Conflict, weaving narratives into its collection of four million photographs. http://rorymaclean.com/
KIMBERLY BRADLEY has been a journalist and editor since the 1990s. Born in California and raised in the American midwest, she has straddled the pond for nearly two decades and currently lives and works in Berlin and Vienna. Bradley’s articles have appeared in publications including AD, Art Agenda, artnet.com, ArtReview, Bloomberg Businessweek, Conde Nast Traveller, Frame, Frieze d/e, GEO Saison, The International Herald Tribune, Mark, Metropolis, The New York Times, Spiegel Online, Sueddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, The Sunday Times, German Vogue, Wallpaper City Guides, WSJ. Magazine, Zitty and many others. In 2001 she was an Arthur F. Burns fellow, and spent two months at the Sueddeutsche Zeitung Magazin in Munich. She is also Monocle’s Berlin correspondent and contributes frequently to the web radio station Monocle24.
ADRIAN DUNCAN is an Irish writer based in Berlin. His short form fiction and non-fiction has been published in The Dublin Review, The Irish Times, and The South Circular. He writes art criticism for Sculpture (U.S.), Enclave Review (IRL) among others. He has co-edited Paper Visual Art Journal since 2009, and will work on the editorial of the upcoming Texte zur Kunst. He has guest lectured and guest tutored at National College of Art and Design, Dublin, and University College Dublin School of Architecture. He has tutored on Greg Baxter’s Someblindalleys creative writing classes, Dublin. Adrian also works as a visual artist; his most recent project took place in July of this year at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. He studied and worked as a structural engineer in the U.K. and Ireland before returning to study, in 2009, for an MA in contemporary art theory.
KATE BROWN is a writer and film-maker. A graduate of the National Film and Television School, her films have been shown at festivals and on television worldwide. Her short fiction has been published widely and short-listed for the Bristol Short Prize, the Fish Short Story Prize and the Asham Award among others. She is Managing Fiction Editor at The View From Here and stories she’s selected for publication have been regularly selected for Salt Publishing’s Best British Short Stories anthologies. She is represented by Jamie Coleman of Greene & Heaton. She teaches film-making at Berlin Met Film School.
BILL MARTIN is a Berlin-based translator from German and Polish whose publications include Michał Witkowski’s Lovetown (finalist for the 2011 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize), Erich Kästner’s Emil and the Detectives, and Natasza Goerke’sFarewells to Plasma. He has taught German literature and translation at universities in the United States, and is a former fiction editor of Chicago Review, and is a co-organizer of The Bridge reading series for translators in New York.
TIM BUTCHER is an English journalist, broadcaster and author. He is the author of BLOOD RIVER and CHASING THE DEVIL, travel books blending contemporary adventure with African history. Between 1990 and 2009 Butcher worked for The Daily Telegraph newspaper, holding a series of positions including leader writer, war correspondent, Africa Bureau Chief and Middle East Correspondent.
In 2007 he published BLOOD RIVER: A JOURNEY TO AFRICA’S BROKEN HEART, an account of his 2004 journey through DR Congo overland from Lake Tanganyika and down the Congo River, following the route of Henry Morton Stanley’s 1874–77 trans-Africa expedition. The book reached Number 1 in the Sunday Times bestseller list in March 2008. Translated into six languages, BLOOD RIVER was the only non-fiction title in the Richard & Judy Book Club 2008 and was shortlisted that year for a number of British writing awards including the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Dolman Best Travel Book Award and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Best Book award. Tim’s second major work, CHASING THE DEVIL: THE SEARCH FOR AFRICA’S FIGHTING SPIRIT, describes a 350 mile trek through Sierra Leone and Liberia following a trail blazed by Graham Greene and recounted in Greene’s Journey Without Maps, published in 1936.