Seidl now spends two weeks on the Austrian side in the Thayatal National Park and then two weeks in the Czech Národní Podyjí Park on the banks of the Thaya; where the Iron Curtain once ran.
The writer from Franconia traces the boundaries between past and present. In the protected area, he records his observations, his feelings and his research and wants to play the role of mediator between nature and society.
Readings in Retz and Znaïm
As part of his stay, Seidl will present himself and his work to the public during two readings (“How untouched nature touches”): June 2, at 7 p.m., at the municipal library of Retz (Hauptplatz 9) and the June 10 at the Haus der Kunst of the South Moravian Museum in Znojmo (7 p.m., Masarykovo nám. 11).
The writer also offers a nature writing workshop for anyone interested in Thayatal National Park. “Nature offers unexpected inspiration. Perceiving, experiencing and describing nature opens up new perspectives, we learn about nature and about ourselves”, invites Seidl. Participation in the reading and writing workshops is free. The date of the writeshop will be announced on the Thayatal National Park website.
The aim of the scholarship is to maintain cross-border contacts between people in Austria and the Czech Republic and to bring them closer to the history and present of Thayatal National Park. The writer thus becomes a traveling ambassador who symbolically creates a physical link between the two separately managed national parks protecting a common natural space.
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Leonhard F. Seidl, born in Munich in 1976, is a writer, journalist, editor and lecturer in creative writing. He has received numerous awards and grants, including the National Parks Austria Media Grant 2020 and the Waldzeit Thoreau Grant 2.2 in the Bavarian Forest National Park. He is the author of six novels, numerous short stories, articles, commentaries and essays, notably for taz and Süddeutsche Zeitung, and has published three of his own volumes of short stories and three anthologies. In 2021, he conceptualized and organized the Symposium on Ecological Literature and Practice. Seidl lives in Fürth and in the Tauber Valley.