Up until this weekend it seemed that everyone in our little world had paid a visit to Berlin at some point apart from us (And no, not just for stag dos!). Celebrating birthdays, anniversaries and just life in general we have had a roller coaster weekend full of art, history and lashings of wheaty beer. Although I didn’t get the chance to pop my head into the huge, imposing book shop on Karl Marx Allee, seeing this photograph reminded me of the International Literature Festival in Berlin taking place this month. It looks absolutely fabulous, with some fantastic speakers and, although we simply didn’t have the time to indulge, if you’re around the German capital this month do check it out and report back!
Speaking of literary festivals, Mancland’s very own affair is shining over the horizon and I am very, very excited indeed. I’ll be getting stuck in again this year, blogging about my love for Scotland at a poetry reading by Jen Hadfield in a few weeks time. I will also be taking a few of my naughty book groupers around the margins of the city to explore the literary landscapes of some of our great authors. How exciting! If you’re around our way pop in and try and catch a couple of events. They take place all day and there really is something for everyone. Try something a bit different, I learn something new every year!
Karl-Marx Buchhandlung by Henry Lee via Flickr