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Writers Ink – Who’s Who
Chairperson – Rebecca Bilkau
Treasurer – Colette Drescher
Additional Staff
Ottmar Bauer
Anke Sandleben-Krah
Honorary Members
Ruth Nestvold
Lisa Selvidge
Dr. Rebecca Bilkau is First Chairperson of Writers Ink, a poet, playwright,
life-writer and optimist. She has taught Creative Writing at the Universities
of Lancaster, Central Lancashire and Cumbria, as well as the Open University
in England and the TU Braunschweig. Her stories have been performed on
Irish television, her plays presented in community venues in London, and
her prose has appeared in the Buddhist and national press. In 2012 she
moved to Lower Saxony, Germany, where she now lives with her husband
and her dog.
Colette Drescher looks after Writers Ink's finances.
Ottmar Bauer, born in 1942, is a retired teacher, who has been a member
of Writers Ink ever since he won an award for his short story 'The Horrible
Power of Words' in the Daniil Pashkoff Prize 2002. In a way Writers Ink,
with its workshops, read-ins and social events, has taken the role of his
former teaching business - as a constant incentive and inspiration for his
writing. Ottmar believes in form. If need be, he takes to rhyming or can
end up with a veritable mock epic in blank verse. Another credo of his is
that a poem needs to be understood at the first or second reading, or else
it's for the dust bin. Ottmar also writes in German: poems, short stories.
Michael Bilkau studied English and Politics at the TU Braunschweig and
Lancaster University before spending thirty years in British academe. In 2011
he returned to his home region in Germany where he continues his literary
studies and works as a town guide specialising in Gotthold Ephraim Lessing.
Dr. Lawrence Guntner is the founder of Writers Ink. He knew
Daniil personally as a student and initiated the Daniil Pashkoff Prize.
Rüdiger Heinze is Professor of American Studies at the TU Braunschweig.
He is one of the founders of Writer's Ink and has repeatedly served as juror
for the Daniil Pashkoff Prize. He is, by necessity and vocation, a writer-of-
all-trades. He also teaches writing, academic and otherwise.
Stephanie Lammers taught creative writing at the TU Braunschweig and
offers regular writing workshops for Writers Ink as well as for schools.
She has published a book with German and English poems entitled
Zwischen Stacheldraht und Horizont.
Kathrin Marquardt, born 1967, loves e.e.cummings, Ted Hughes and Jane
Austen. She would give her right arm (and much more) for only one poem
as great as Pablo Neruda's poetry. Until that day, she tries to be very
patient with her writing.
Sabine Meier studied English and French at the TU Braunschweig and taught both languages at Gymnasium Große Schule in Wolfenbüttel. In 2015 she did an MA in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. Today she works as a creative writing tutor at German schools as well as a writer.
Janna Schiller, born in 1973, teacher, has collected and written poems and stories since she was eight years old. Today she writes about love, life and human being(s) both in English and German.
Christine Steffanowski studied modern history, philosophy and English
literature and culture at the TU Braunschweig. She has a broad range of
interests, including creative writing.