Episode 34 - Willa Muir

In Episode 34, we’re once more in Muenster as guests of the Burg Hülshoff Centre for Literature, which happens to be named after a Dead Lady poet, Annette von Droste-Hülshoff! This time around, we’ll get introduced to Willa Muir, a prolific translator who brought Kafka into English for the first time. Born on a small Scottish isle, she was eyewitness to some of Europe’s most important moments. She worked in tandem with her husband Edwin, who somehow managed to get all the credit.  

Dead Ladies Show co-founder Katy Derbyshire translates Willa’s life and work, and our other co-founder Florian Duijsens joins host & producer Susan Stone to reveal more about forgotten German writers, some translated by Willa Muir. 

We also meet the Leseburger*innen, the reading citizens. This community group of engaged literature and art fans create their own activities and interpretations around the many events and festivals put on by the Burg Hülshoff Center for Literature. 

Images of Willa and links to the Leseburger*innen and info about the Burg Hülshoff Center for Literature and its Droste Festival are on our website here: https://deadladiesshow.com/2020/06/17/podcast-34-willa-muir/

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*thumbnail image: painting of Willa Muir by Nigel McIsaac, 1944 via National Galleries Scotland


The Dead Ladies Show is a series of entertaining and inspiring talks about women who achieved amazing things against all odds, presented live in Berlin and beyond. This podcast is based on that series. Because women's history is everyone's history.

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