Hailing from New Zealand, I set up camp in Germany in the mid-1990s after deciding that Europe was the place to be. Since then I have attained a near-native level of fluency and a deep understanding of German culture and history.
In 2008, I completed a postgraduate degree in Modern English and Cultural Studies at the University of Bremen with a thesis on contemporary literature by Maori authors and postcolonial cultural theory. If that's the kind of thing you like to read about, contact me and I'll send you a copy.
I also hold a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) from the University of Cambridge and worked as a language trainer for various corporations in northern Germany throughout my studies.
These qualifications have given me a thorough grounding in the issues that inform writing in the arts and cultural sectors, together with a sound understanding of the 'nuts and bolts' of the English language.
In my spare time, I get my kicks by running very, very long distances (I was the first New Zealander to complete the 75-kilometre Müritz Ultramarathon) and building forts with my daughter.