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Autorenlesung: Brigitte Roick: Moonchild
Kontakte aus dem Ehemaligenverein führen zu einem fächerübergreifenden Projekt zwischen Englisch und Geschichte (von Hannelore Steinkamp)

Die heute in Kanada lebende Autorin und ehemalige Schülerin des AGQ, Brigitte Roick, stellte den Schülerinnen und Schülern des Q2 Geschichtskurses (Hr. Pieper) und des Q1 Englischkurses (Fr. Steinkamp) ihren Roman Moonchild vor, der von den Kriegswirren des Zweiten Weltkriegs und der traumatisierenden Erfahrung der Vertreibung handelt, die Frau Roick als Kind erlebte.
Die Zuhörer erlangten in der sehr freundlichen und erklärenden Lesung einen Einblick in die persönlichen Lebensbereiche der Autorin sowie auch in deren Arbeitsweise als Schriftstellerin. Die zuvor von den Schülerinnen und Schülern zusammengetragenen Fragen wurden von der ehemaligen AGQ-Schülerin gerne beantwortet.
Frau Roick gelang es, eine lebendige Brücke zu schlagen zwischen Vergangenheit und Gegenwart, sowohl in historischer als auch in menschlicher Hinsicht. Neben dem Austausch über geschichtliche Kenntnisse über die Kriegs- und Nachkriegszeit wurde auch ein vertieftes Verständnis zwischen den Generationen angebahnt. Als AGQ-Schüler erlebten die Zuhörer in authentischer Form und sozusagen "live", was das Schulprogramm des Artland-Gymnasiums ausdrückt: Schule in Europa: aus der Tradition, für die Zukunft, über Grenzen hinaus.

Fragen an die Autorin
(1) Canada
What´s Canada like? (people, traditions, changes...) What are the biggest differences between Germany and Canada?
Where do you live in Canada? What´s life (for young people) like in Canada? Why did you go to and why did you stay in Canada? Do Canadians have many prejudices against Germans? Is education in Canada different from education in Germany?
Could you tell us a bit about what´s it like going to university in Canada?
What hopes did you have when you went to Canada?

(2) author and author´s work
What are your aims as an author?
You first wanted to be an actress. Why did you decide to write this book?
What´s Moonchild about?
Do you identify with any of the characters?
Are you still in contact with friends or families from the time the story takes place?
How long does it take to write a whole book?
What inspired you to write books?
In which way did education play a role in your life as an author?
How long did you work on your novel and was it difficult?
Was it difficult to deal again with your past? Have you changed your opinion on life (family, school, Germany)?
Do you think it´s easier for men to be successful as writers than it is for women?
Does writing help to cope with one´s past? Are you a religious person?
If you could live once again, would you do the same things again?

(3) (Nazi) Germany
Did you ever see Hitler?
How did you feel about the Nazis?
How did you cope with the situation?
As a child, did you know anything about Jewish families in Quakenbrück?
Did religion play an important role in school?

(4) School
When did you attend school in Germany? What was it like then?
Can you tell us a bit about what school was like in those days?
How was school life affected by Nazi Germany? Can you tell us something about your education? Did you have any role models?
What´s your impression of the Artland-Gymnasium today?

(5) Today
What was the "Ehemaligen-meeting" like?
How does it feel to return to Germany / Quakenbrück after so many years and to meet your former fellow students (Ehemaligenverein)?
Do you still speak German?
What´s your relationship to Quakenbrück?
What´s your impression of Quakenbrück, visiting it after a long time?
What is your most important memory concerning Quakenbrück?
Do you miss Germany sometimes?
Can you imagine going back to Germany?
What has become of your fellow schoolmates (Ehemaligentreffen)?


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