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IMG_2196‎The 4th ‘Great German Bake Off’ took place recently at the University of Manchester. The students really outdid themselves this year, and the winner was particularly impressive! For some German inspiration for your festive bakes, click here.

Reunion1Manchester University students who went to Leipzig on their year abroad some forty years ago recently met up for a reunion. Their story is fascinating not just because of their Cold War experiences of East Germany, but also because of the miraculous work involved in tracking down long-lost Kommilitonen. Read all about it here.

22973982421_f79f553186_zThe official London launch of the ThinkGerman Network took place on 10th November, hosted by the German Embassy at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Read our report here.

Erfinderland_EFrom 20th of January to 3rd of February, the scientific exhibition “Inventions from Germany” will take place at the Foresight Centre in Liverpool, covering ground-breaking German inventions in the areas of energy, entertainment, environment, mobility, communication, optics and medicine. Find out more here.

The ‘DACHL-Fundstücke’ competition offers German teachers from around the logotipo-dachlglobe the chance to win a place on a week-long training course in Berlin. Click here to find out more

GStammtischerman-speakers in the Lancaster area have the opportunity meet new people and practise their German at a local ‘Stammtisch’ (German-language meet-up).

The Germanemb Embassy is running its annual Careers Fair on 2nd November in London, highlighting the importance of German language skills in the job market. Participants will be able to meet and discuss employment opportunities with representatives of German companies as well as British companies with important business links to German-speaking countries. More details here.

embThe German Embassy is pleased to announce the following call for applications: Professional Development Tour for British Teachers of History to Berlin, Germany 25th – 30th October 2015. The trip will include highlights of contemporary Berlin, talks with history teachers and teachers’ associations, visits to the German Historical Museum, the Jewish Museum, the Federal Foreign Office, the Reichstag and more. Follow this link to find out more…

PcE5w3o3-12spr_GroeschnerDAAD – IMLR Translation Competition
The competition to translate a short passage from Annett Gröschner’s recent novel Walpurgisnacht(Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, 2011) has just opened.
Complementing the series organised by the IMLR in partnership with the University of Nottingham, Annett Gröschner and her translator, Katy Derbyshire, will feature at the next Encounters: Writers and Translators in Conversation at the IMLR on 10 December, which will be followed by the prize-giving.

Click here for more details…



Deutsch Centre Manchester is offering a Course on German Christmas Traditions (Songs, Poems, Recipes, Decorations, traditional Erzgebirge woodcraft, Christmas Markets as tourist destination, background and history of Christmas customs, fairy tales and so on).

The course runs from Wednesday, 7th October to 9th December, 6pm to 7.30pm at the Friends Meeting House, behind the Central Library. The regular course fee is £150 (including all Course material). Students can enroll here for the course:

There is a special collective offer for University students. If two
students enroll together, the course fee will be £140 per student, if
three students enroll together, the fee will go down to £130 per student.


The Goethe-Institut London is hosting a scientific exhibition UMDENKEN – VON DER NATUR LERNEN/Rethink – changing attitudes this summer, 16th of June to 3rd of July. This project could be an excellent chance for German learners to improve their German while taking a dip into the world of science. Click here to find out more...


NWGN launch a success!

On 10 March 2015 we gathered at Manchester’s Central Library to launch the North West German Network officially. Over the past few months, network coordinators have been busy building up the website, spreading the word among teachers of German in the North West, regional trade and business representatives and cultural bodies. The launch itself reflected this diverse constellation of people, who nevertheless share an interest in all things German! Click here for more details.
Pupils arrive from The Blue Coat School, Oldham.
Pupils arrive from The Blue Coat School, Oldham.

Click here to see our photo-story of the launch. Photos by Cardinal Newman student, Katie Cox.







Does your schogerman_embassyol have a truly outstanding teacher of German? Click here for more details of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany’s 2015 German Teacher Award.

newnwgnblue3a_smallResults of the 2015 German Competition are HERE! Find out who are winners are this year!





01_ukgcFunded trip to Germany for lower secondary pupils

We are pleased to announce that applications are now open for Discover Germany! 2015.Here is a quick summary of this year’s trip:
  • It will take place in Berlin from 2-5 July 2015.
  • This year’s theme is accessible travel and culture.
  • Pupils in Year 8 (England and Wales) / S1 (Scotland) / Year 9 (Northern Ireland are eligible to take part.
  • Schools apply in clusters of (up to) six participants.
  • It’s funded by UK-German Connection and the German National Tourist Office and partners; schools pay a small contribution (£250) and other costs.
  • The application deadline is 26 March 2015.

Further details and the application form are available at:

If you have any questions, please contact Carla Johnson, who manages the programme, at / 020 7824 1572.


U-A-Sandig-kleinAcclaimed German poet Ulrike Sandig and Professor of German Karen Leeder will be coming to Lancaster University on 2 March 2015. A translation master-class with final-year students of German will be followed by an evening performance on campus between 18:30-20:00.

Sandig is visiting the UK as part of the London-based Poet in the City project (

For more information click HERE.





As part of the festival, the university’s German Society presents:



1930s Chicago: Bertolt Brecht’s allegorical satire in which Adolf Hitler’s rise to power is filtered through the story of mobster Arturo Ui and his hoodlums attempting to take over the cauliflower racket by ruthlessly disposing of the opposition. A story that is both comic and thrilling in equal measure.

Performed in German with English subtitles.

Thur 16 April – Sat 18 April 2015, 7:30pm, £9/£5

Click HERE for more information!


PosterNorth West German Network Competition 2015

Follow the link to find all of the information on how to take part in the 2015 round of our competition: ‘What’s German in the North West?’

Deadline for entries: Friday 13 February 2015

Winners announced: Monday 23 February 2015

Prizes will be awarded and winning entries displayed at the Launch of the North West German Network on Tuesday 10 March 2015 at Manchester Central Library.


newnwgnblue3a_smallNew Student Profiles

Past A-level students from the region join our network and share their experiences studying and working with German. Read here for some inspirational stories.



NWGN has its first major planning meeting

On Tuesday 4th November, staff from schools and universities from across the region are meeting in Cardinal Newman College, Preston, to finalise the look and feel of our website and plan the network’s inaugural activities. We look forward to launching in 2015 and growing our ideas with you!


European Day of Languages

26 September is European Day of Languages, a day to celebrate linguistic diversity across the European Union and to encourage language-learning.


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  1. I have recently inherited a lot of books written in German from my mother, a student at the Walkemuhle set up by Leonard Nelson and Minna Specht in the 1930s.
    Some are about German left wing thinking, education and philosophy tackling Nazism.
    Others are novels, poetry, nonfiction, art (eg Chinese), some for children. I also have a large postcard collection written 1930s-1960s by my grandmother Hannah Bertholet (a publisher herself) to mum who had escaped to Wales then Herts.
    Although I can get the gist with my substandard German skills, I am looking for who else might read and benefit from these publications.
    I now live in Warrington so decided to approach you.

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