Erfurt (dpa/th) - The writer and journalist Isabella Straub will be Erfurt's new town clerk. She is to work in Erfurt for four months from April 2023, as the city announced on Monday. The Austrian prevailed with her novel project "The Scratch" among 41 applicants.
"We are very pleased that Isabella Straub will take a fresh look at Erfurt and would like to take a look at the entire city for her work," said Tobias Knoblich, head of culture, according to the announcement. "We are very excited to see how the stay in the Thuringian state capital will affect your work."
According to the city, Straub wants to complete her current novel project and offer writing workshops during her time as a city clerk. "For me, Erfurt is both an idyllic inner city and a prefabricated housing area on the Red Mountain with enormous potential for inspiration," said the writer. Prefabricated buildings therefore also play an important role in her novel.
Straub studied German and philosophy in Vienna and Klagenfurt and worked as a journalist and copywriter. In 2013 she published her debut novel "Südbalkon". The city of Erfurt has been awarding the City Writer's Literature Prize since 2002. An author is honored every three years.