New Zealand Embassy Berlin, Germany

Anke Richter on German book tour

Anke Richter will be reading from her new book Was scheren mich die Schafe. Unter Neuseeländern. Eine Verwandlung ("What do I care about sheep. Among New Zealanders. A Metamorphosis") in a series of book readings around Germany in the coming weeks.

When Anke Richter moved to New Zealand 10 years ago, she wasn’t quite sure what to expect. It was only when she was invited to her first fancy dress party that one thing became very clear: there was a world of difference between Kiwis and people from Cologne. New Zealand seemed to be the land of sheep, hobbits and fancy-dress-party-fanatics!

This curious and critical tale of assimilation in a small country in the pacific poses some big questions that will amuse New Zealand fans as well as German travelers. In equal parts shameless but charming, relentless but hysterically funny.

Anke Richter, born in Singen and raised in Cologne, completed her training as a journalist in the US.  She was a newspaper editor, author for Playboy and worked for the talk shows by Roger Willemsen and Reinhold Beckmann. She also writes a column for the taz called “News from New Zealand”. Anke Richter lives with her family in Christchurch. She has a dog, but no sheep …


  • 19 March 2011, Leipzig, 6 pm, "Leipzig liest", Schille, Otto-Schill-Str. 7
  • 22 March 2011, Menden, Bookstore Daub, Unnaer Str. 7
  • 27 March 2011, Cologne, 8 pm, Stadtgarten, Venloer Str. 40
  • 28 March 2011, Berlin, 7 pm, taz-Café, Rudi-Dutschke-Str. 23
  • 2 April 2011, Kiel, 8 pm, Hansa 48, Hansastr. 48
  • 6 April 2011, Marburg, 8 pm, Waggonhalle, Rudolf-Bultmann-Str. 2 – An event of the Bookstore Roter Stern, Kulturelle Aktion Marburg - Strömungen e.V. and Waggonhalle
  • 8 April 2011, Hamburg, 7 pm, Vattenfall Lesetage, Dr. Götze Land&Karte, Alstertor 14-18

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