Poem entry by BA Comparative Literature student Sara Karim selected for “Zusammen Across Cultures”

24 May 2022

A poem by our third year BA Comparative Literature Student Sara Karim, has been selected to be displayed at the German Embassy in London.

Heidelberg and Aachen

As part of the poetry competition with the DAAD German Academic Exchange service “Zusammen Across Cultures” - the poem (written in German) has been selected and will be celebrated with a main festival in London in October where Sara will meet staff and speakers at the Embassy.

Sara is currently on the year abroad study placement at Universität Heidelberg, and has explored culture, language and identity through poetry:

“My poem written in German is about friendship across cultures and across different languages, English, Bengali and German. I feel very humbled and it is a poem also about identity too. The poem in German traces my journey across Aachen and Heidelberg. More importantly, it tells our story as friends who have been there to support each other through tough and good times. It is also good to have someone to inspire you and to keep you motivated through the tough times and this poem shows that friendship prevails. Writing poetry in German has helped me to be brave and to be creative but most of all poetry has helped me to appreciate the beauty of the German language. 

I thank my family, the German Department at UCL, SELCS, Maya, Luise, Manuela, Stella, Jessica and Lena. Most of all I thank London, Aachen and Heidelberg. Keep writing! Schreiben ist ein Abenteuer. Writing is an adventure”

For more information on the competition please visit the DAAD German Academic Exchange website: https://www.daad.org.uk/en/about-us/who-we-are/daad-projects/german-language-competitions/german-language-competition-2022/

Heidelberg and Aachen

Congratulations Sara!