Workshop and reading with Japanese- German writer Yoko Tawada

Muirhead Tower
Social Sciences
Wednesday 1st March 2017 (14:00-19:00)
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Writer in Residence at the University of Birmingham on 1 March, 2017


Workshop, 14:00 - 16:00, MHT 429

  • Students will have the opportunity to translate and discuss a German/Japanese text by Tawada

Reading, 17:00 - 19:00, MHT 420

  • Tawada will be reading her texts, and students will have the chance to present their translations in a trilingual reading and discussion
  • Discussants: Dr Áine McMurtry (King’s College London) and Dr Chantal Wright (University of Warwick)

Both events will be trilingual.


Yoko Tawada was born in 1960 in Tokyo, Japan. She moved to Hamburg in Germany in 1982 and to Berlin in 2006.

She studied literature in Tokyo, Hamburg and Zürich and is a member of the Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung (German Academy for Language and Poetry).

She has been awarded various prizes and scholarships for her works in German and Japanese, such as the Akutagawa Literature Prize in 1993, Adelbert-von-Chamisso Prize in 1996, Tanizaki Literature Prize in 2003, the Goethe Medal in 2005, the Yomiuri Literature Prize in 2013, DAAD Chair in Contemporary Poetics at New York University 2015 and the Kleist Prize in 2016.