North Korea: Lives and Lies in the State of Truth *Free event* Sunday May 6th

In 2017, best-selling author and Reader tutor Rory MacLean travelled to North Korea with photojournalist Nick Danziger for a British Council project. The result, North Korea: Lives and Lies in the State of Truth, is a telling portrait of a dozen ordinary and extraordinary North Koreans. (more…)

February 17th – Home is Elsewhere/Anthology Launch

It’s with great pleasure The Reader Berlin and The Circus Hotel invite you to celebrate the launch of Home is Elsewhere, an anthology of the winning entries of the 2017 Berlin Writing Prize.

On Saturday February 17th, we’ll be joined by our partners, sponsors, the judges and our shortlisted writers in the Wintergarden of The Circus Hotel. Come along for music, mingling and – of course – to get your hands on one of the very first copies of our beautiful anthology. With music from resident DJ Dan Cole, great drinks from Common Ground’s talented bartenders and all the literary chat you could ask for, we hope you’ll come by and celebrate this collection of brilliant writing. (more…)


FREEMAN’S #4 | THE FUTURE OF NEW WRITING – Readings and Conversations with Elaine Castillo, Athena Farrokhzad, Johan Harstad, Ishion Hutchinson, Elena Marcu and John Freeman.  In collaboration with silent green Kulturquartier and The Reader Berlin  (more…)

Monday Salon – November 20th

On Monday 20th November, award-winning author Ben Fergusson will be joining Victoria Gosling in The Reader salon. A hugely exciting talent, Ben won the 2015 Betty Trask Prize for his debut novel The Spring of Kasper Meier which was selected for the Waterstone’s Book Club, WHSmith Fresh Talent and the BBC Radio 2 Book Club… (more…)

Monday Salon with Kate Brown

Kate will be joining us for a reading, discussion and Q&A at our Monday Salon on 25/09 at The Circus, Berlin. (more…)

Monday Salon 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. (more…)

Monday Salon with Irenosen Okojie

“A liberatingly odd, seductive and fearless talent.” — Laline Paull

We’re delighted that Irenosen Okojie, award-winning novelist, short story writer and judge of this year’s 2017 Berlin Writing Prize, will be joining us in the German capital this September. (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. (more…)