Menschen mit Meer – Interview with author Alex Hofmann #tbt

Throwback Thursday to a December 2014 interview with my good friend and former colleague Alex Hofmann.

A German version of this interview was published on December 18, 2014 on my other blog Study.Read.Write.


It’s nearly 9pm when my door bell rings and Alex Hofmann stands grinning in my hallway. The author of Menschen mit Meer (lit.: People with Sea), a book about people with autism that was published by Kleine Wege in 2013, gives me a hug, gets comfy on the couch – and pulls a thermos out of her handbag.

“I totally forgot I’d made tea and I didn’t want to let it go to waste,” she explains while I go and get mugs and she pulls something else out of her bag.

“There are a few homemade Christmas cookies in this box. Help yourself!”

We talk about this and that; about space and psychology, autism and Menschen mit Meer, and our interview is almost an afterthought.

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Ein ganz verschmitzter Kerl – Interview mit Ralf Schmitz #tbt

It’s another Throwback Thursday, and this time I am offering up my first ever big interview!

Ralf Schmitz is a German comedian and author of the books Schmitz’ Katze, Schmitz’ Mama and Schmitz’ Häuschen. Back in 2008, I was fortunate enough to interview Ralf about the release of his first book Schmitz’ Katze, his tour and his childhood cat.

Here’s the interview as it appeared (in German) on Karl., the youth page of the local daily Solinger Tageblatt I was freelancing for back then.

Interview with Ralf Schmitz by Cornelia Kaufmann, as it was published in the Solinger Tageblatt on September 23, 2008.

Interview with Ralf Schmitz by Cornelia Kaufmann, as it was published in the Solinger Tageblatt on September 23, 2008.

A new Bluebird comes to the Lakes – Interview with author Vesna Maric #tbt

Another Throwback Thursday, and another interview I did while studying Travel Journalism at the University of Cumbria.

I spoke to Bosnian author Vesna Maric about her memoir Bluebird for Words by the Water in 2009.

This interview was first published in Write On! magazine, the official Words by the Water 2009 festival magazine created by the journalism students at the University of Cumbria.


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Where the Streets have no Name – Interview with author Kapka Kassabova #tbt

It’s Throwback Thursday, and I thought I’d share this article with you.

It’s an interview I did with Bulgarian writer Kapka Kassabova for the Words by the Water festival in Keswick, Cumbria 2009.

First published in Write On! magazine which was created by my journalism course at the University of Cumbria as the official Words by the Water magazine for 2009.

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