April 22nd – Freeman’s #3 “Home”

SAVVY Contemporary, silent green and The Reader Berlin are delighted to welcome back John Freeman for the third “strikingly international” (Boston Globe) issue of his magazine Freeman’s. Focussing on the question what makes home, the new issue of the acclaimed anthology spotlights never-before-published stories, essays, and poetry by Edwidge Danticat, Herta Müller, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Gregory Pardlo, Kay Ryan, Aleksandar Hemon, and many more.


FREEMAN’S #3: HOME | Readings and Conversations with Xiaolu Guo, Nadifa Mohamed, Kerri Arsenault, Adania Shibli and John Freeman

SAVVY Reader: The Incantation of the Disquieting Muse with a DJ-Set by Lamin Fofana

In collaboration with silent green (more…)

Thursday Salon with Ryan Van Winkle

RYAN VAN WINKLE, poet extraordinaire and joyous performer, will be joining us from Edinburgh on Thursday 4th May at 7pm for an intimate gathering in the cellar bar and library of Berlin’s Circus Hostel. Taking place just a couple of days prior to the weekend workshop Ryan will be teaching for The Reader (details below), we’re asking him to read to us from his work, answer your questions, and be the judge of our first live-writing competition in 2017.

The poet, live artist, podcaster and critic has received many accolades for his atmospheric collections. His most recent work, The Good Dark, won the Saltire Society’s 2015 Poetry Book of the Year award, and his poems have appeared in New Writing Scotland, The Prairie Schooner, The American Poetry Review, AGNI and Best Scottish Poems 2015. (more…)

Monday Salon: Pictures of You with Rory Maclean

Rory Maclean, ‘one of Britain’s most expressive and adventurous travel writers’ and author of more than a dozen books, including recent bestseller Berlin: Imagine A City, is returning to Berlin this summer.

The Reader tutor and part-time Berliner will not only will be teaching a creative non-fiction weekend workshop for us, he has also agreed to read to us from his new book Pictures of You. (more…)

*December Extravaganza!*

Goodbye 2016 and thanks for …everything?!

While this year has been a fairly mixed bag, all is not lost. Join us on Wednesday, December 7th for the literary party to end all literary parties. Because there will always be books!

Hosted by Fiction Canteen, The Reader,  SAND Journal and Best Small Fictions, the party will be taking place at Wedding’s Alte Kantine from 7:30pm. A wonderful chance to spend the evening raising a toast or two among Berlin’s readers and writers, the evening will feature readings, an open mike, a quiz (with prizes) … not to mention drinking and dancing a plenty.

There will also be a book table of delights for those of you who need to finalise your holiday-season present buying. Facebook event page here.

Sunday Salon #6: The Devil’s Library with Tom Pugh

Tom Pugh

This November 20th, Berlin’s own Tom Pugh will be joining us  at Galander, Kreuzberg, where the candlelight ushers you in and the whiskey urges you to linger. Tom will be reading from his debut novel ‘The Devil’s Library’ (Crux Press, 2016) which follows two sixteenth-century adventurers on their quest to obtain ancient, heretical texts. (more…)


A project by SAND Journal and The Reader Berlin in partnership with Africavenir and SAVVY Contemporary for the Stadtsprachen Literaturfestival

Invited poets … Marie-Pascale Hardy/Alan Mills/Sarnath Banerjee/Binyavanga Wainaina/Goksu Kunak/Jane Flett/Kenny Fries/John Peck/Klaas von Karlos/Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt aka MoreBlackThenGod

FREEMAN’S #2 “Family”

Readings and Conversations with Joanna Kavenna, Michael Salu, Garnette Cadogan and John Freeman

July 30th, 2016, 8pm

SAVVY Contemporary | Kuppelhalle at Silent Green | Gerichtstraße 35 | 13347 Berlin-Wedding


Sunday Salon #5: Berlin Short Fiction Prize

On Sunday September 4th we held our fifth Sunday Salon when, along with our partners from Exberliner, we’ll be celebrating the winners of our 2016 Short Fiction Prize. (more…)