Jana Kreimeier, student of English and Philosophy at Münster University, spent a term at Cotham School here in Bristol, from September to December 2014. She says the following of her stay:
I spent nearly four months in Bristol where I served an internship as a foreign language assistant for German at Cotham School. My grandpa Wilhelm Knicker, member of the Hannover-Bristol-Gesellschaft, arranged for a contact with Ann Kennard, chair of Bristol Hannover Council, who supported me so kindly with the organisation of my stay.
I enjoyed my time in Bristol a lot and am so thankful that it has been made possible. I know that I will always have fond memories. However, I should not only carry home experiences and memories, but also farewell cards and gifts from students, colleagues and friends. It is a fantastic feeling to notice that you enter a foreign country without knowing anything or anyone and then you go and leave your footprints everywhere!
People gave me lots of things that should help me remember my stay in Bristol. Amongst these things were English tea, a Banksy book, a book on the Bristol dialect and a Monopoly Bristol edition, which I received on my last day at Cotham.
Unfortunately Jana could not fit these gifts into her luggage, and so they were kept safe in Bristol, and Lynne Evans and Frank Titmarsh took them for her when they visited Hannover for the PENvolution opening there. Jana concludes:
When I visited my grandpa for coffee and cake last week, I held the Bristol Monopoly in my hands again. It has gone through the hands of very kind people who all wanted to help me bring my farewell gift home, so that I have another Bristol memory here in Germany.
Thank you, Bristol Hannover Council, for having welcomed me so warmly in your midst and for helping me complete my Bristol stay so successfully! I am looking forward to our next meeting. This was my first stay in Bristol, but definitely not the last one.
Lynne Evans handing over the Bristol Monopoly game to Helga Wawra