Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


English Writers in the City, the 1920s and Beyond

Our largest Oxford-Berlin project to date:


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The exhibitions Happy in Berlin? English Writers in the City, the 1920s and Beyond has been prolonged and can be visited at Humboldt-Universität until 30 August 2021!

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









(The other venues, Literaturhaus Berlin, Fasanenstr. 23, 10719 Berlin and Bodleian Library, Weston Hall, Oxford, have closed.)

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


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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

The Times Literary Supplement: Sex, shrinks and nudists by Ritchie Robertson


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