agent: Thérèse Coen
Christine Lehnen has three great passions: books, the theatre, and Europe. Oh, and food. She has been writing fiction her entire life and teaching creative writing at the University of Bonn since 2014. Her directorial debut at the FEATS Festival in Antwerp 2018 received two nominations; her short stories have been awarded the prizes of the Young Academies of Europe and the Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen. She likes her stories European, with a side of feminism and a pinch (or two) of queer. (Have we mentioned she also likes food?)
Born in the Ruhrgebiet (the German equivalent of Sheffield or Pittsburgh), Christine has lived in Canada, the United States, Australia, and Paris, and is now based in Bonn where she writes, teaches, researches fiction and spends her free time directing plays as well as promoting a federal, social and united Europe: sometimes on public squares right under the nose of Ludwig van Beethoven, sometimes on twitter, sometimes in newspapers. While finishing up two postgraduate degrees, one in Political Sciences and one in English Literatures and Cultures, she advocates for a European prize for literature and helps young writers without industry connections, for example by providing a platform for young writers at the University of Bonn to meet agents or by serving as judge of the Young Literature Award of her hometown Recklinghausen (going strong since 2015!). She has written for German and French newspapers and outlets such as Le Taurillon and the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger. Her novels, written in English, are published all over; for a taste of the fantastic, go find her under her pen name C. E. Bernard (honouring her grandmothers), who has most recently written the PALACE saga (Blanvalet, 2018/2019); for a taste of suspense, stay tuned to discover C. K. Williams (honouring her grandfathers), whose thriller début FLOWERS FOR THE DEAD was published in March 2020 with One More Chapter/HarperCollins, with the follow-up LOVE THEM BOTH slated for July 2020. Her research has been published in the Journal of Literary Theory and Alluvium, an open access journal on 21st century writing and 21st century approaches. More often than not, you will be able to find her on a train flitting to and fro in Western and Central Europe or the United Kingdom, realising once again that she has forgotten to bring lunch, and proceeding to buy all the croissants that live in Bruxelles Midi.
As a follow-up to her first article published in academic journal Alluvium (“European literature – made in the UK?”), Christine Lehnen has interviewed British author David Szalay on the possibilities and limits of European authorship. Post-National Authors, Post-National Literature? An Interview with David Szalay Nati
Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the cancellation of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the production of The Silenced Symphony, written by Elisabeth Lewerenz and directed by Christine Lehnen and Ina Habermann, will be pushed back into 2021. The venue at the Fringe Festival has already been confirmed for 2021. It will be performed at Greenside. …
Flowers for the Dead, written by CK Williams AKA Christine Lehnen, has been published by HarperCollins UK in their One More Chapter imprint. CK Williams appeared on the One More Chapter Book Club. The paperback will be out on April 30th 2020.
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