Edinburgh-based author Pippa Goldschmidt was recently invited to be a Writer in Residence in sister City of Literature Heidelberg, as part of a joint scholarship with Kulturstiftung Rhein-Neckar-Kreis e.V.
On 1 Feb, 2018, she will take up a three-month residency at the “Commandant’s House Dilsberg”, at Dilsberg Fortress in Neckargemünd. Goldschmidt wants to use the time to embark on a period of research relating to her German grandfather, who was once a native of Offenbach, before he emigrated to England from Germany in the 1930s.
Goldschmidt grew up in London and has lived in Edinburgh since 2004. She studied Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow, and is the author of The Fallen Sky (2013) and short story collection The Need for Better Regulation of Outer Space (2015). She also writes non-fiction, including newspaper articles, book reviews, academic papers, and occasionally writes poetry.
As well as her background in Creative Writing, Goldschmidt also holds a PhD in astronomy, and worked as an astronomer for several years at Imperial College, London. From 2014 to 2015, she was a Fiction Meets Science Fellow at the Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg Delmenhorst, enabling her to focus on her literary endeavors. Her first novel, The Falling Sky, about an astronomer who believes she has evidence contradicting the big bang theory, took second place in the Dundee International Book Prize.
Cooperation in Heidelberg in the field of literature
Since 1997, the Kulturstiftung Rhein-Neckar-Kreis e.V. has awarded up to four scholarships in the fields of fine arts, music or literature to artists from all over the world every year. For the first time, the UNESCO City of Literature Heidelberg is cooperating with the Kulturstiftung in the field of literature.
Heidelberg’s Writer in Residence Programme
The Programme consists of a Work Grant awarded by the Kulturstiftung Rhein-Neckar-Kreis e.V. in cooperation with the UNESCO City of Literature Heidelberg for authors from UNESCO Cities of
Literature. The Residency takes place over the course of three months and is situated in the “Commandant’s House Dilsberg”, at Dilsberg Fortress, in Neckargemünd.
The building served as the Commandant’s quarters of the Dilsberg garrison in the 17th century. The former Commandant’s House was acquired 1996 and renovated by the Rhein-Neckar-District. Since then the “Commandant’s House Dilsberg” has been a center for the promotion of art and culture: exhibitions, chamber music concerts, open-air concerts, readings, symposia and discussion rounds enrich the cultural life of the region. Here, art, music, and literature grant holders find a creative work sphere.