#1 The freelance struggle. When I decided to move to Berlin and enter the world of freelance I knew it wouldn’t be an easy gig. Away from the (relative) safety of a fixed salary with paid holidays and the luxury (!) of being paid for sick days, life is a whole lot tougher. Obviously these workers’ […]
Deutsche Welle, 25 April 2018 Berlin’s first literature festival with and by African writers, “Writing in Migration” explores these authors’ trans-cultural experiences. Ahead of the event, DW spoke to three authors taking part in its program Migration, identity and storytelling will be in the spotlight at a groundbreaking new literature festival by African writers. Around […]
The Herald Arts Magazine, December 9 2017. HOME. Mogwai’s Barry Burns is unsure where it is. He enjoys the easygoing way of life in Berlin where people still smoke in bars and swig beer on trains or while walking down the street. But Burns, who is a multi-instrumentalist for the postrockers, also loves the Glasgow […]
Cable Magazine Scotland, November 1 2017 The German elections in September saw Angela Merkel win a fourth term as German Chancellor. However, her victory was somewhat overshadowed by the shifting political terrain in Germany. Writing from Berlin, Rachel Loxton reflects upon the mood of the election and casts an eye across the issues facing German politics. As […]
There’s a chapter in an English as a foreign language text book called: ‘How to avoid saying no directly’. I burst out laughing when I saw it. Is there anything more stereotypically British? I came across it at the language school I work at, where we regularly teach the art of small talk to students. […]
One of the many things I’ve learned since moving to Germany is that politics doesn’t start and end with the UK. Obviously world politics has always been interesting – and is a hyped-up crazy spectacle right now – but I feel the UK is fairly inward looking. It always frustrated me that the newspaper industry in Scotland, […]
Refinery29, May 29 2017 If you’re dating right now then you know. You know how difficult it is to swipe left and right when all you want is to enjoy a half-decent conversation in real life. You know how tedious it can be to flirt over the internet with people you may or may not […]
Grazia, May 29 2017 Let’s just get this out there – I love bodies. I smile when I spot freckled skin, fleshy arms and hairy chests. I love curves on a long torso and wonky toes. I admire big noses and bottoms with a bit of life about them. The human body has always fascinated […]
Sunday Herald, March 5 2017 AMONG all of Germany’s political parties the far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) was the only one to cheer on Donald Trump’s surprise presidential victory. The party, founded just four years ago on the back of the Euro debt crisis, may appear to stand alone but it has managed to gain […]
Positively Scottish, February 17 2017 For tens of thousands of refugees who have fled war-torn countries, settling into life in a European city like Berlin is not easy. But Scottish comedian and former DJ Neil Numb is hoping to give them something to laugh about. The 43-year-old from Edinburgh has teamed up with charity arts […]
The Sunday Herald, December 20 2015 Scots have been the punchline of jokes in Germany for decades thanks to the tired old tight-fisted stereotype.
Die Welt / WeltN24, November 28 2015 Auf seiner Flucht nach Deutschland entdeckt der Syrer Omar den modernen Tanz. Seine neue Leidenschaft hilft ihm, den Krieg in seiner Heimat zu verarbeiten. Einige seiner Freunde finden das albern.