Dear Diary, dear everyone,
First things first, let`s talk about my haircut. I don`t look at all like the photograph above anymore as I haven`t cut my hair since the beginning of lockdown in March. Short hair feels better, maybe even looks better, but there`s something irrational that stops me from cutting it. Maybe it is some deepe-rooted superstition. Maybe I am afraid to accidentally cut off the lucky streak, that might be hidden somewhere in that greying tangle. Because a lucky streak I have indeed. Less than two weeks after winning the EUPL for Luxembourg, my book was also awarded the 'Prix Servais'. What better way to come out of confinement and back into real (if not yet normal) life. Because there was no real life for months, all book promotion events and public readings between March and June had been cancelled or postponed. Without that lucky pair of prizes, my book might be all but forgotten by now.
I also do a lot of creative writing classes and workshops, these had also been cancelled, except for one, which we continued per email. Simple as that, no zoom, no skype, no nothing, but written words. It was an experiment and it worked pretty well. Or, more specificially they worked well: the pupils, since they did it from home, without the asstance and guidance you can give them in a classroom. Just a little reminder that there is literary talent everywhere, even if most of those young authors seem to be reasonable enough not to envisage a carreer as professional writers, and head for a steady job instead.
And life goes on: On July 9th I had my first public reading, together with my friend and fellow author Anselm Neft from Hamburg, at the Abbaye de Neumünster down in Luxembourg City. It was open air reading with distancing, only 90 people allowed, at a location that normally holds over thousand. Still it was great fun to be back on stage. The same stage, by the way, where Kraftwerk played a year ago with little me in the attendance. And I`m quite proud of that, I hope that`s not sounding bigheaded.
I know that I look bigheaded right now, but that's just because of my hair.