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Nature Writing - Daniela Danz

Author Daniela Danz draws her inspiration from the Isle of Vilm

Portrait Daniela Danz | Photo: Nils-Christian Engel
Daniela Danz | Photo: Nils-Christian Engel

Putbus/ Isle of Vilm, 15 January 2020: In January the writer Daniela Danz spends almost two weeks on the Isle of Vilm near Rügen Island and will experience the untouched and rough nature of the Baltic Sea island in winter. The writing residency at the International Academy for Nature Conservation is donated by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) as part of the German Prize for Nature Writing.

The publishing house Matthes & Seitz Berlin and the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation awarded the German Prize for Nature Writing, which is endowed with 10,000 Euros, for the third time. The two prize winners Daniela Danz and Martina Maria Kieninger were honoured at an award ceremony in August 2019 in Berlin. Daniela Danz is now spending two weeks on the Baltic Sea island of Vilm to be inspired by the untouched beauty of the island.

“Particularly in these times of increasing alienation from nature, nature writing as a literary genre is becoming increasingly important in order to sensitise people to the beauty of nature and the need to protect it,” says the President of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation Prof. Dr. Beate Jessel. “The Isle of Vilm, the location of our International Academy for Nature Conservation, offers writers an ideal place to find inspiration for new literary works. We are delighted that the prize winners of the past years are once again taking advantage of this offer and drawing on the stimulating power of nature on the island.”

Daniela Danz, born in Eisenach in 1976, studied art history and German literature in Tübingen, Prague, Berlin, Leipzig and Halle. Since 2002 she has been working as a freelance author and art historian. She is a member of the Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz and has been director of the Schillerhaus in Rudolstadt since 2013. She has received numerous awards for her prose and poetry. She was awarded the German Prize for Nature Writing 2019 for her work "wildernis".

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