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The reading book is here: A literary journey through Münsterland and the NRW cultural regions

Münsterland e.V. cultural office gives away 50 copies

As part of the NRW 2020 residency project, regional writer Charlotte Krafft and nine other authors explored North Rhine-Westphalia from March to June 2020. The NRW Reading Book now presents their literary results. The Münsterland e.V. cultural office is giving away 50 copies on request.

What does the future of Münsterland look like? The Berlin author Charlotte Krafft spent four months looking for answers to this question in the Münsterland. She also found what she was looking for during the Corona restrictions in exchanges with interested Münsterlanders by e-mail and telephone. And finally, she made her own forays through the region, during which she was particularly fascinated by nature and monument conservation. The NRW Reading Book, hot off the press, now shows how the science fiction author processed her impressions in literary form.

It contains 60 contributions by the ten authors of NRW 2020: Pascal Bovée (Aachen), Tilman Strasser (Bergisches Land), Annika Stadler (Hellweg), Charlotte Krafft (Münsterland), Carla Kaspari (Niederrhein), Yannic Han Biao Federer (OWL), Larissa Schleher (Rheinschiene), Brandstifter (Ruhrgebiet), Justine Z. Bauer (Sauerland) and Barbara Peveling (South Westphalia). The anthology is published by the cultural regions of NRW and the NRW Ministry of Culture and Science.

The texts are as varied as the regional writers themselves: From the asphalt library to mountainous eavesdropping landscapes to Japanese haikus. In addition to the texts, the 200-page book also contains numerous photographs and a virtual table talk with the authors. On the blog, ten podcast episodes also provide a glimpse behind the scenes of the special 2020 residency.
The publication of the book marks the end of the state-wide biennial literature programme NRW 2020. For the next round in 2022, after the Lower Rhine Cultural Region, the Münsterland e.V. Cultural Office will take over the lead from 2021. "We are very pleased to be working with the cultural regions and the ministry to organise the third edition of this unique literary residency," says Simone Schiffer from the Kulturbüro. "At the moment we are still fine-tuning the exact concept. This much can be said: we're sticking to the tried and tested framework conditions, but we want to open up the programme further and of course finally implement the exciting event formats that Corona has blocked for us in 2020."

The Kulturbüro Münsterland is giving away 50 copies of the reading book. Interested readers can email with the mailing address. First come, first served! Alternatively, the reading book is also available online at as a flip catalogue and for download.

About the project:

Every two years, the ten cultural regions and the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia invite writers to a four-month residency. In addition to a salary and accommodation, the regional writers are given the opportunity to gain insights into the cultural landscape of their host region and to process it in a literary-artistic way.

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