Stories of the South East – Petra Kindler



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NAME :

Petra Adina Kindler

OCCUPATION :

Literary Translator, Playwright, Accidental Comedy Performer: my one-woman show, “SERIOUSLY NOW! – confessions of a recovering German”, is next on in the exquisitely twee Parlour Vintage Tea Rooms (above La Boheme Restaurant) in Waterford City. Friday, 11 March @ 8 pm.

RIVER :

The Suir. I cross it all the time because I live in the Ferrybank bubble of Waterford City.

FAVOURITE QUOTE :

“A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than for other people.” (Thomas Mann)

FAVOURITE PLACE TO VISIT :

Let me be diplomatic (yet truthful) about it: I love Tramore Strand, especially for long, salty winter walks. I spend a lot of time cycling the back roads of South Kilkenny, where drivers are usually a lot more courteous and attentive towards pedal pushers than on any of the main roads. And I will never, ever tire of Hook Head, which I often visit as a special treat for visitors from abroad. It usually blows their minds (and frequently their hats off, too)!

FAVOURITE THING ABOUT WHERE I COME FROM:

Well… I come from Germany, and lived most of my adult life in the country’s second-largest city, Hamburg. My favourite thing about Hamburg is the vast Alster Lake in the very centre, with lots of sailing boats, ferries, pedal boats and a green, wooded fringe with amenities for cycling, walking, lounging and picnicking. Utterly civilised urban living. I used to work right across from it. Some lunch spot!

AND ANOTHER THING:

Due to the peculiar circumstances of my upbringing, I never felt as though I “belonged” to any specific German place or community – apart from a circle of very close friends. Only when I moved to Ireland did I realise what I had been missing! My first hosts in Dublin,  random Irish bus drivers, my partner Donal, his extended family, the people of Waterford: everybody seemed to welcome, include, make space for me. Astonishing. I think it’s one of the great Irish qualities – to meet strangers with curiosity rather than wariness. Long may it continue, and far may it spread. Our world needs more of this, urgently!