10.11.23 - PARATAXE Symposium XIII at the Literarischen Colloquium Berlin

Babylonische Blätter - die internationalen Literaturmagazine Berlins


Literary Speed Dating with Erik Eising (ZARAFFEL), Mike Hembury (The Wild Word), Dea Karina (Soy & Zine), Nele-Felicitas Oevermann Ignatia (transcodiert), Lucy Jones (STAT®REC), Natalia Maximova (Der Galaktische Futurist), Antonio Ungar (alba.lateinamerika lesen), and Winifred Wong (SAND Journal). Curated by: Birger Hoyer


For more than a hundred years, remarkable literary magazines in various languages have been published in Berlin. Some have lasted for decades, while others disappear after a few issues, just like their authors and editors. Their number, as well as their forms and concepts, are legion, but the history of non-German language (i.e., not published in German) literary magazines in Berlin remains largely unexplored and unwritten. With the 13th edition of the Parataxe Symposia (during the day, starting at 1 pm), we begin by giving a voice to authors and publishers of twelve international literary magazines and, together with experts, delve into the highly lively phenomenon of multilingual Berlin literary publications. In conclusion, eight authors will read current texts (in German and English) from Berlin's foreign language literary magazines. PARATAXE is a project of the Berliner Literarischen Aktion e. V. in cooperation with the LCB and Literaturport. Funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion.



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Friday, July 21st 2023 - KuZe Theater Hall, Potsdam


Literature experiments again in the KuZe. From our side, nothing changes: Once again, a colorful mix of poems, short stories and experimental texts will be read, in an attempt to melt your poetic hearts. The event will be supported by live music.

And... by the way, cool drinks from the bar help against the heat.


When? July 21 at 8 pm (ca. 90min)

Where? KuZe Potsdam, theater hall (2G+)

The event is admission free.

More information on KuZe here.



Friday, November 25th 2022 - KuZe Theater Hall, Potsdam


The reading series "Zaraffel recites/Zaraffel trägt vor" will come to its phenomenal finale at KuZe's theater hall on Friday November 25 at 8 pm. To make sure it will be phenomenal, we invited guests to recite texts that were published by us (ourselves) and there will be exclusive premieres from the latest issue - fresh from the press (by then, hopefully).

What is to be expected is a colourful mixture of poems, short stories, and experimental microtexts (sad and not so sad) that will be supported by music performed by yet another surprise guest! So grab your friends by their hands and shove them over for we are not joking (ever).

We will be reading, as usual, in both English and German language.

Drinks will be available at the bar. 2G+ rules apply to the whole event.


When? November 25 at 8 pm (ca. 90min)

Where? KuZe Potsdam, theater hall (2G+)

The event is admission free.

More information on KuZe here.




Saturday, July 16th 2022 - Hopscotch Reading Room, Berlin



For our next performance we invite you to come hang out with us at the snuggly secluded inner yard of Hopscotch.

We will read German and English texts as well as have some of our guests featured in ZARAFFEL recite their works.

Guests will be welcomed by the relaxing atmosphere of the Reading Room that will lure you inside to get lost in a myriad of magical tomes.

If you then find the time and leisure to come out again, we will provide some live music and end on an open discussion on the literary work we presented.


Where? Hopscotch Reading Room, Kurfürstenstraße 14/Haus B, 10785 Berlin

When? 6pm ca. 90 minutes + open discussion

Free entry.

For information on Hopscotch click here.



Zaraffel recites // Zaraffel trägt vor

We are excited to invite you to our first reading tour. In the following we will update you on all events individually.



Thursday, June 16th 2022 - KuZe, Potsdam


Our tour starts on June 16th in the lovely theatre hall at KuZe Potsdam.

We will recite carefully selected poems, short stories, and treshold-texts that are weighed against each other to present the wide spectrum of voices Zaraffel stands for.

Stella and Georgios will play live Greek Folk between recitations as musical backdrop.


Where? Kuze Potsdam, Theatersaal, Hermann-Elflein-Straße 10.

When? 8.00pm ca. 90 minutes + discussion

Free entry

2G regulations.

For information on KuZe click here.