Rhine-South Africa-Fellows

One German writer visits Johannesburg and one South African writer visits Cologne each year to meet, share works and take part in the cultural life of the two cities. This exciting new programme is initiated together with the literature initiative „Voices of Africa“ in Cologne.

© Guy Helminger

Poet and writer Guy Helminger is the first Rhine-South African Fellow and has now arrived in Johannesburg.

He will blog regularly on our website: 


16.9.15: Im Flugzeug ...
18.9.15: Melville, Unterwegs zwischen Häusern ...
19.9.15: Johannesburg, Kunst ...
19.9.15: Johannesburg, Nachts ...
20.9.15: Doornfontein, Arts on Main, Maboneng, Kwa Mai Mai
21.9.15: Sophiatown - Soweto
22.9.15: Bree Street und Umgebung

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Guy Helminger was born in 1963 in Esch / Alzette (Luxemburg) and studied German Literature and Philosophie in Luxemburg, Heidelberg and Cologne.

Since 1985 he has been living in Cologne und working as a writer.

From June to July 2006 he was writer in residence in Hyderabad (India), February-March 2007 he spent in Teheran (Iran) for the project „westöstlicherdiwan“ and from December 2008 to the end of January 2009 he was author in residence in Saana (Yemen).

2012 poetics lecturship at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

Together with his colleague Navid Kermani Guy Helminger presents since  8 years the „Literary Salon International“ in Cologne. From 2010-2012 he presented  a cultural show on Luxemburg TV and for the moment a show called DNA.
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Read more about the new Residency exchange programme for writers from Germany and South Africa, started by Sylt Foundation and stimmen Afrikas at Allerweltshaus Cologne in 2015.