Signierstunde mit Swift

Book signing with Swift

Writer to visit Rotenburg on Saturday

ROTENBURG. A book signing with Margaret Swift is due to take place on Saturday 3rd July. The English author will be launching her latest book between 11am and 1pm at Buchgalerie Berge. She lives in Rotenburg’s twin town of Gedling together with her husband Andrew Swift and has timed her visit to coincide with the Strandfest (Riverside Festival).

Until his retirement, Andrew Swift was a teacher in Gedling and, on a number of occasions, organised the school exchange with the Jakob-Grimm-Schule (JGS), writes Brigitte Meyer-Christ, teacher at the JGS. Swift’s wife Margaret writes novels for young people and adults.

Margaret Swift organises launch parties for each of her new titles and this time has chosen the Buchgalerie Berge in Rotenburg as the venue.

Hessische/Niedersächsische Allgemeine 1/7/2010

As planned, the launch of The Crown of the Untold Wisdom took place on Saturday 3rd July 2010 in the Buchgalerie Berge in Rotenburg an der Fulda. Herr Berge opened the proceedings at 11am and welcomed everyone, before asking Frau Brigitte Meyer Christ to introduce the author. Brigitte, who has read all of Margaret Swift’s books, referred to them with such enthusiasm and kindness that Margaret – who had been told she would not need to address the gathering (though she would give readings) – felt inspired to embark on an impromptu speech in German language.

She explained the numerous reasons for deciding to launch an English novel in a German town. In the first place, Rotenburg is twinned with Gedling (the borough to the north of Nottingham where she lives), there are longstanding exchange links and many established friendships, and it was the time of the town’s annual ‘riverside festival’. Also to be mentioned is the high level of literacy of the German people, such that Rotenburg is able to support more than one flourishing bookshop: Buchgalerie Berge has competitors, while you would find it hard to find even one community bookshop of this standard in the north of Nottingham. German people really do buy and read books in English. But the clearest link between Rotenburg and Margaret’s writing can be found in the work of the brothers Grimm. This part of Germany is the home of the fairy tale and the land of the mysterious forests which play such an important role in her ‘Torquellan’ novels. The school which was the origin of the twinning is of course the Jakob-Grimm-Schule.

Margaret’s speech was much appreciated. She was encouraged to give a number of readings before the celebration ended at 2pm.

The photo shows Margaret Swift (centre) with Brigitte Meyer-Christ and Bürgermeister Manfred Fehr.