Judith Vonberg

Freelance journalist

I'm a freelance journalist currently working on the digital news team at CNN International in the London bureau, where I began as an intern in January 2017. I also work as a freelance news writer at The Independent.

Since June 2017, I have been a key player in designing and coordinating a project to grow CNN's audience in Germany. This has involved writing news stories, producing distinctive features, analysis pieces and graphics-led articles, and working closely with colleagues in Berlin and with the CNN Style and Travel teams.

My articles on migration, Anglo-German relations and European culture have also been published by The Guardian, New Statesman and BuzzFeed and I have appeared on BBC TV World News and BBC Radio Scotland discussing the refugee crisis. You can see some of my work on refugee and migration issues at www.peoplecrossingborders.com.

I have also recently passed my doctorate in Anglo-German Cultural Relations. My PhD thesis explores the mutual depictions of Britons and Germans in British and German popular culture just after the Second World War.

Portfolio

Germany's suspension of the Dublin Protocol: a welcome display of European and global solidarity
Germany seems to have grasped two facts that continue to elude many other national governments across Europe, or are perhaps being wilfully ignored. First, that the European...
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Discussion of the language we use to talk about the refugee/migrant crisis
The Kindertransport and Syrian Resettlement: British Refugee Policy in 1938 and Today
Two speeches in the House of Commons, seventy-five years apart, express the same aspiration to an idea of Britain as welcoming and compassionate, a refuge for those fleeing...

Blogs and Reviews

Katharina Bielenberg and Jamie Bulloch on the past, present and future of German literature in...
It's hard not to envy the staff at the Hachette publishing group who have their offices in the London headquarters. The views from the light-filled, top-floor café in this glass...
#RivetingReviews: Judith Vonberg reviews KINGDOM OF TWILIGHT by Steven Uhly
"In truth, there are no superhumans or subhumans," thinks Anna, one of the central characters in Steven Uhly's epic novel, Kingdom of Twilight. Even Sturmbannführer Josef...
AmazonCrossing: Where fiction in translation is thriving
The Frankfurt Book Fair 2016 has just finished. At the event a year ago, Amazon pledged $10 million of funding for one of its trade imprints, AmazonCrossing, which commissions...
Interview with Charlotte Ryland and Jen Calleja of New Books in German by Judith Vonberg
New Books in German is a unique twice-yearly publication that provides publishers and editors around the world with insights on the best of German-language literature. NBG is...
In or Out of Europe?
“We’re gonna have to build a wall!” This isn’t Donald Trump talking about Mexico or UK immigration minister Robert Goodwill announcing the new wall at Calais. The words belong...
Judith Vonberg reports from the Euro Stars Salon on 28 September 2016
'Tonight, me, Tim Parks, @GoldRosie, Claudiu Florian & Antoine Laurain will solve #Brexit no problem. Come...' So it was that British writer Joanna Walsh invited her twitter...
Review of Gabriela Babnik's 'Dry Season'
Multiple stories are interwoven in Gabriela Babnik’s 'Dry Season', translated from the Slovene by Rawley Grau and published by Istros Books. The two protagonists, who narrate...
#RivetingReviews: Judith Vonberg reviews A SENSE OF THE BEGINNING by Norbert Gstrein
A Sense of the Beginning , the twelfth novel by Austrian writer Norbert Gstrein, is published this month by MacLehose Press in a translation by Julian Evans. It is an intriguing...
Review of Samantha Schweblin's 'Birds in the Mouth'
"Then Sara got up, her ponytail shining on one side of her neck and then the other. She skipped to the cage, like a little girl. Her back to us, rising up on tiptoes, she opened...
Peter Handke and his reception in the English-speaking world
Peter Handke and His Reception in the English-speaking Judith Vonberg About Peter Handke ELit Blogs Peter Handke and His Reception in the German-speaking world Peter Handke. A...
Henning Mankell's THE ANTELOPES by Judith Vonberg
For most of us, Henning Mankell is the father of the modern Swedish crime novel. Yet Mankell, who died last year, was also a dramatist and spent many months each year in Maputo,...
#RivetingReviews: Judith Vonberg reviews BABYLON BERLIN by Volker Kutschner
There is nothing hackneyed about Kutscher’s novel. Its portrayal of the disintegrating Weimar Republic is neither historicised and tedious nor a self-conscious reconstruction in...
Europe and the Man Booker International Prize
Art is ‘about being in someone else’s skin’, writer A.L. Kennedy once said. The three European novels shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker International Prize invite us deep...
Culture Matters - The Euro Stars Debate
One rainy Wednesday at the end of April, a group of people gathered for an evening of wine, readings and conversation in central London. The topic was culture, Europe and the...
The Quality of Mercy
In the space of a few months Europe has moved from "Refugees Welcome" to deporting refugees. But who are the people we once welcomed and now send away? In Crossing the Sea: With...
Variations on a Theme
There’s an unusual series of events happening at the Austrian Cultural Forum in London. I was there for the first one. Sitting in a large white-walled room, its vast windows...
Bestselling fiction across Europe in 2015
It’s the time of year for lists and there are plenty of them telling us which were the best books of 2015. But what about the books that everyone was reading? Which novels were...
#RivetingReviews: Judith Vonberg reviews SWALLOW SUMMER by Larissa Boehning
Boehning offers little hope that her characters will find solace. They try to connect with the people around them and find acceptance, but their attempts to communicate are...
Love at First Sight: British Crime Fiction and the Germans
For two days at the end of January, ‘Brit Crime’ took over the Humboldt University in Berlin. It was the British Council’s annual literature seminar, bringing together...
Kafka's 'The Trial' at The Young Vic: A sexed-up parable of modernity
Hustled along seemingly interminable walkways and shunted onto escalators by the crush of city commuters, the air heavy with heat, increasingly doubtful that I would ever reach...
‪#‎RivetingReviews: Judith Vonberg reviews LAKELAND by Maureen O'Shaughnessy
Published by Ginninderra Press (Australia) The epigraph to comes from Eva Hoffman's meditation on the Holocaust, After Such Knowledge : 'Stand too close to horror, and you get...

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