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), who will be out with her thriller début FLOWERS FOR THE DEAD with One More Chapter/HarperCollins in October 2019. 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.
TROILUS & CRESSIDA, produced by the BUSC and directed by Christine Lehnen and Eva Fürst, premiered at the Brotfabrik Theatre in Bonn on Saturday, 7th December, to a sold out performance, in a double bill with ROMEO & JULIET, likewise produced by the BUSC. Find all information on the Winter 2019 Double Production here — …
After a summer spent edits of various books and articles, I am happy to say that my research on European literature made in the UK has been published in Alluvium, an open-access online journal focusing on “21st century writing and 21st century approaches”. (And no, this isn’t an elaborate joke about Brexit.) This issue also …
DEAR MRS WOOLF, a monologue adapted from the letters of Virginia Woolf to Vita Sackville-West by Christine Lehnen, premiered at the Brotfabrik Theatre in Bonn on Wednesday 28th May 2019. Lisa Pohlers starred as Virginia Woolf. The show, featuring two more monologues written by Eva Fürst (“Witch Hunt”) and Marian Blok (“meinführer”), was sold out. …
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Campbell, Joseph. The Hero With A Thousand Faces.
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Gardner, John. The Art of Fiction.
George, Elizabeth. Write Away. One Novelist’s Approach to Fiction.
Gottschall, Jonathan. The Story-Telling Animal. How Fiction Makes Us Human
Kehlmann, Daniel. Diese Sehr Ernsten Scherze.
Kennedy, A L. On Writing.
Lehnen, Christine. “Exploring Narratives’ Powers of Emotional Persuasion through Character Involvement: A Working Heuristic”.
Oatley, Keith. The Passionate Muse. Exploring Emotions in Fiction.
Orwell, George. Why I Write.
Researchers at OnFiction.ca about the science of fiction
Rob Morgan at https://gamestoryuk.tumblr.com/ about digital storytelling
Sacks, Oliver. Gratitude.
Samantha Shannon at samantha-shannon.blogspot.com about the English-speaking publishing world
Sklar, Howard. The Art of Sympathy in Fiction.
Vogler, Christoph. The Writer’s Journey. Mythic Structure for Writers.
Zeh, Juli. Treideln.