Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


English Writers in the City, the 1920s and Beyond

Our largest Oxford-Berlin project to date is now officially open:


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The exhibitions Happy in Berlin? English Writers in the City, the 1920s and Beyond can be visited at all three venues, 15 June – 31 July 2021.

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Foyer, Grimm-Zentrum, Humboldt-Universität, Geschwister-Scholl-Str. 1/3, 10117 Berlin, Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm.










Literaturhaus Berlin, Fasanenstr. 23, 10719 Berlin, Wednesday – Friday 12 – 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 11 – 5pm.

Bodleian Library, Weston Hall.

The Oxford exhibition will close on 11 July 2021.

The bilingual and richly illustrated catalogue was co-edited by Gesa Stedman and Stefano Evangelista and is available here.


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The website explores places and writers who came to Berlin and is an ongoing part of the project.

Details about readings, literary walks, and specialist talks which we have organised together with the Literaturhaus and the Centre for British Studies can be found on the websites of Li-Be and the GBZ.

Our five-part podcast on the Berlin myth, how it came about and why it is still relevant for British writers in Berlin in the 21st century is now online!


Media coverage

EXBerliner July/August 2021: British writers in Golden Twenties Berlin: Tales from Isherwood, Virginia Woolf and others who flocked to the Hauptstadt. Interview with Gesa Stedman


Genderblog: Ein männlicher Mythos? Britische Schriftsteller*innen in Berlin


tipBerlin: 1920er-Jahre: Als Berlin das Mekka für englische Schriftsteller war