just to let you know that the recent durham/tuebingen literary exchange programme went very well.
we had 40-50 people at clayport library on wednesday 13th may for the reading by eva zeller and local counterparts and eva's visit to ryton school went well too.
following that, my own visit to tuebingen from 19th to 24th may was a great success, both culturally and socially, and i made a number of new contacts, as well as meeting old friends. i performed my poetry at a school, in the historic local bar 'the boulanger' (with eva zeller and singer chris simmance) and at a poetry slam, as part of the buecherfest, which was attended by over 200 people. i also attended the launch of the buecherfest.
i had lunch with friederike hoyler and colleague from the kulturamt and, with the free use of a lange gasse apartment, found the support given to me, and the hospitality, very encouraging.
we are already planning for next year and will keep in touch on this.