Following the award of the 2019 Theo Prize to our poet Shahzamir Hataki, he was invited to the 19th internationales literaturfestival berlin to read his award-winning poem »The Only Son«.

Early in the morning, the hall was filled with pupils from an international primary school. Ada Bieber was the assured moderator for this unusually young audience.

The children listened spellbound to Thanhha Lai and Shahzamir Hataki, and at question time not only asked the authors several times whether they had really experienced what they read, but also what papaya tastes like. Thanhha Lai promptly gave them all some homework: try one – but please don’t eat the seeds or the skin.

Authors: Thanhha Lai, Shahzamir Hataki

Moderator: Ada Bieber