A Magic Dinner

Saturday, the 7th of January, was the day. I had been invited to join a “Magic Dinner” in Dortmund, Germany.

The environment
The dinner was held in a wonderful ambiance. A nice building in an area that is not very crowded, owned by friendly people who try to make the atmosphere inside as gentle and welcoming as possible. And they succeeded in that. The dinner was held in a beautiful restaurant where about 25 people were seated.

The participants
During the evening, music was played by a very nice group of young musicians who go by the name of Cathain. They played folk music from Ireland, Hungary and many other countries.

There were two other authors present that evening. One was my friend Christian Turk, who is a cartoonist and author of a wonderful book called Faun. It was from that book that he read a story. The second author was Eire Rautenberg, who read a number of very interesting poems from one of her latest publications. And then there was yours truly, who read chapter 13 and 14 from Snow White Revisited. I had reworked those chapters into German for the evening.

The experience
It was amazing to be there. The authors were seated together for dinner. The dinner was mixed with reading, which made a great combination. Everyone present was listening attentively and appreciating what was read and said.

I must admit that I was not feeling entirely and totally relaxed when it was my turn to sit in front of about 25 people to read my own story. In German. But after the first bout of laughter I knew that it was going the right way, and that was an encouraging moment.

I had brought some paper copies of Hilda the Wicked Witch along, and I was pleased that quite some people wanted to own a copy. One of the musicians afterwards asked if he could also have the text I had used to read the two chapters from.

Many people made pictures, and I was promised that they would send them to me, so when I receive them, I shall put up a selection of them on this website. And receiving a thank-you gift for coming over and reading blew me away.

The food
Alas, I do have to pester you with that a little as well. It was vegetarian and exquisite. The lady who had prepared the food, Allesia, is dedicated to using herbs, local vegetables and mushrooms, and even flowers. She develops her own recipes with these ingredients. It had taken her two full days of preparation, but the result was astounding. Everyone agreed with that.

Links, info
The location of the dinner – www.phytaro.de (German site)
Website of Christian Turk – www.christianturk.de
The book of Eire Rautenberg, Traumgeboren, on Amazon.de. (in German)
The website of the musicians: Cathain.

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