Contributors

Annett Groeschner

Annett Gröschner, born in Magdeburg in 1964, has been living in Berlin since 1983. She studied German Literature in Berlin and Paris and has been a writer, journalist and lecturer since 1997. In 1992 she began working on literary-photographic projects with the photographer Arwed Messmer (including the exhibitions and books Aus anderer Sicht. Die frühe Berliner Mauer, 2011; Berlin, Fruchtstraße am 27. März 1952, 2012). She writes novels, short stories, essays, stage plays, radio features and reportages. Her novel Moskauer Eis was published in 2000, followed by Walpurgistag in 2011. Her most recent publication is Mit der Linie 4 um die Welt, 2012.

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Brian Melican

Born and bred in London, Brian Melican moved to Germany in 2008 after a degree in modern languages. Since then, he's lived in several parts of Germany and now calls Hamburg something like home - if he's ever there. Brian likes slow travel and even slower food, but very much enjoys fast trains. He works as a translator, journalist and writer.

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David Wagner

David Wagner was born in 1971, and has lived in Berlin since 1991. His prize-winning debut novel My Night-Blue Trousers was published in 2000, and his book Four Apples was long-listed for the German Book Prize. His best-selling novel Lives won the 2013 Leipzig Book Fair Prize. He has written extensively about the city of Berlin in collections such as Mauer Park and What Colour Is Berlin.

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Elizabeth Childers

Elizabeth Childers is a writer and artist living in Berlin. Raised in California, she spent a few bohemian years traveling up and down the West Coast, before moving to New York City where she lived for twelve years. Her favourite things are history, untranslatable words and phenomena such as romantic love, liminality, and ectoplasm.

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Fiona Laughton

Fiona was born in Melbourne, Australia. After an eight year sojourn in Sydney, which was mostly spent juggling overseas travel with jobs in the event and media industries, she is now proud to call Berlin home. Fiona works as a freelance editor/content writer/photographer specialising in arts, culture and slow travel. Website.

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Giulia Pines

Giulia is a freelance writer and editor. She first moved from New York to Berlin in 2008, planning to stay for only a few months. Five and a half years later, it isn’t too difficult to guess what happened. When she isn’t writing, editing, and struggling with the Teutonic tongue, she accumulates new friends, stories, and recipes, all to be mixed into a heady brew packaged, labeled, and savored as “the life of an expat.” She hopes everyone will taste it at least once.

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Grashina Gabelmann

Grashina Gabelmann is the Features Editor for illustration, music, art and DIY focused magazine Flamingo and a freelance travel and culture journalist with work published on Matador and The Expeditioner.

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Ian Farrell

Born and bred in the barren wastes of northern England, Ian Farrell moved to Berlin in search of a better life in 2008. What he found exceeded all his expectations, and continues ot do so to this day. When taking a break from his never-ending quest to discover more undiscovered corners of the city, he can be found either translating things or waxing lyrical on language and social interaction on his blog, Of Words and Worlds. He also plays guitar and occasionally sings in local Blues/Indie/Funk/Folk/Rock band Ivan and the Visionaries.

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John Peck

John K. Peck is a writer, musician, and printer living in Berlin. His work has appeared in Salon, McSweeney's, Jubilat, Nerve, Last Exit, and VOLT, and was included in The Best of McSweeney's Internet Tendency. With his wife, he is co-owner of Volta Press, a letterpress and book arts studio, and co-editor of Beeswax Magazine, an annual journal of literature and art.

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Joseph Pearson

Joseph Pearson is a cultural historian, with a doctorate from Cambridge University (UK), who writes on questions of cultural memory. He was a lecturer at Columbia University in New York City, at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver), and taught in Cambridge. His work has been published in journals such as European History Quarterly and AGNI. He now writes fiction, and for museums, exhibitions and the press. You can read his wonderful explorations and musings on Berlin over at The Needle

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Kevin Braddock

Kevin Braddock is editor of Manzine and Contributing Editor at British GQ. He lives in Berlin.

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Lara Merrington

Lara Merrington is a freelance photographer and curator from Australia. She has exhibited her work in solo and group shows in Australia, Argentina and Berlin. For the last year she has based herself in Berlin after spending one year researching on curating, art and photography in South America. Apart from filling life with all things art and photography, writing and a passion for culinary culture nestle their way into the spaces in-between. You can see some of her other work at Art Elsewhere

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Laura Harker

Laura studied German and Philosophy at the University of Nottingham and moved to Berlin in 2012. Currently carving a career for herself in the pie world since co-founding Pieoneers, she spends most of her time catering for events and coming up with pie-based puns. When she’s not baking for work, she can still usually be found in the kitchen and writing about it for her blog.

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Leslie Kuo

Leslie Kuo is an artist, designer and translator. Raised in California, she has worked in Berlin since 2006, exploring food, plant life, and visual culture. She co-founded Urban Plant Research, a collaborative project observing plants in cities around the world. She also blogs about visual culture at www.lesliekuo.com .

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Marcel Krueger

Marcel Krueger is a writer and blogger living in Berlin. His essays and stories have been published in the Daily Telegraph, Reykjavik Grapevine, Süddeutsche Zeitung and Spotted by Locals, amongst others. After six years in Ireland he currently tries to divide his time between Berlin, Cologne and Dublin. Together with Seamus Heaney, Roddy Doyle and a bunch of other great Irish writers Marcel also holds the world record for 'Most Authors Reading Consecutively From Their Own Books'.You can find more uninteresting information on his personal blog King of Pain. He doesn’t like spiders.

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Marian Ryan

Marian Ryan has worked as a book editor and is former fiction editor of http://www.atlengthmag.com. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Columbia, The Writer’s Chronicle, Quick Fiction, Slate and elsewhere. She lives in Prenzlauer Berg.

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Natalie Holmes

Natalie Holmes lives and works in Berlin. She loves learning German, birdwatching and travelling by train, in between working as a freelance travel consultant and aspiring writer. A keen environmentalist, Natalie writes about sustainability and responsible travel on her blog, The Horseshoe Nail.

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Natalye Childress

Natalye is a California native living in Kreuzberg. Not satisfied with a BA in Journalism, she went on to get an MA in English, and now works as a writer, editor, and tutor. In addition to words, she has a penchant for road bikes, indie music, improving her German, her cats, obsessively reading and eating vegan ice cream. She is the author of a forthcoming memoir (to be published in June 2014 with Microcosm Publishing, editor of music magazine Berlin Beat and maintains a personal blog, Deutsch, Bitte!

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Paul Scraton

Paul Scraton is the founder and editor of the Under a Grey Sky website, which is devoted to “adventures beyond the front door”. He has lived in Berlin for over ten years and amongst other activities writes for Slow Travel Berlin, runs the Wedding and Berlin Wall walks for STB, and organises the Eyewitness History Talks in cooperation with the ZeitZeugenBörse at the Circus Hotel. His latest project is Traces of a Border, exploring the stories and the places to be discovered along the Berlin Wall Trail.

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Paul Sullivan

Paul Sullivan is a Berlin-based writer & travel photographer and the founder/editor of Slow Travel Berlin. His words and images have appeared in The Guardian, BBC, Sunday Times Travel, The Telegraph, Nat Geo UK and more, and he has written several books on music and travel, including the HG2 Berlin, Rough Guide to Berlin, National Geographic Walking Berlin and Wallpaper Berlin. You can check out his photography galleries here.

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Peggy Schatz

Peggy Schatz is foodie and networker at heart as well as web developer by profession. Besides freelance work Peggy writes about food and Berlin at her blog and provides several food-related online services, such as Berlin Food Info.

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Rhea Boyden

Rhea Boyden is the Irish born daughter of American parents. She has been visiting Berlin since the early 90’s and has lived here permanently since 2000. She has taught Business English at many companies in Berlin including a particle accelerator and a chocolate factory. She has been published in the Irish Times Magazine ‘The Gloss’ and New York’s Roll Magazine. She gets a lot of ideas for her articles while swimming, a sport she loves. Her blog can be viewed here.

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Richard Carter

Richard Carter has been prodding around some of Berlin's more obscure corners for the last ten years. He runs the excellent Journey To Berlin blog, which features posts on well known landmarks as well as reports on places the guidebooks fear to tread.

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Robin Oomkes

Robin Oomkes studied History at Leiden University in the Netherlands, and then lost himself in a corporate career for 15 years. He is now on a sabbatical leave in Berlin and reconnecting with his historian inner self. He loves slow travel, but is severely tempted by German fast food.

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Thalia Gigerenzer

Thalia Gigerenzer is a German-American writer, anthropologist and radio producer based in Berlin. She has contributed to the The New York Times, Modern Farmer, Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, India’s The Caravan and London's Resonance FM, among others, and recently published a book on memories of the GDR in East Germany. Having grown up in Berlin, she recently moved back to the city and is re-discovering its many delights, and even secretly enjoys the infamous Berliner Schnauze. She is also part of the collective Meet and Two Veg, which hosts spontaneous tea parties on the subway. You can find more of her work here

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Wyndham Wallace

Wyndham Wallace has been travelling for fifteen years as part of his work with musicians, first as a publicist for City Slang Records, then as a manager for Lee Hazlewood and Cortney Tidwell. His work as a music and travel journalist and photographer has appeared in The Guardian, Uncut, BBC Music, Electronic Beats, The Quietus and More Intelligent Life, amongst others. He now lives in Berlin, Germany. Check out his website.

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