All posts by Conny Kaufmann

I'm many things. A lover of books, writer, coffee drinker, summer-child, globetrotter, NaNoWriMo participant, fangirl (Nerd? Geek? Call me what you like, I'm proud of my nerdiness) and student. My creative talent is writing (seriously, I'm rubbish at music and art) and I like to research and study. Brainy is the new sexy, remember? And I like to study, read or write to my heart's content - and whenever I do one of the aforementioned things, a large, steaming cup of coffee is never far away.

Back to University!

*blows dust off the cover*

Hello? Anyone still out there?

Well, I know it has been 4 years but I am back! And I have big news! Last time I updated this blog, it was 2016 andI was writing my master thesis. It was titled “How an author’s culture influences their work: A comparative study of cultural variations in Australian Literature.” I’m happy to report that I got 100% on that thesis and graduated summa cum laude!
For the last 3.5 years I have been teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) and German as a Foreign Language (DaF) at a language school in my town, but now it’s time for new adventures!

From October I will be studying for my PhD in Cultural Studies! I just got accepted into the School of Advanced Study at the University of London as a distance learning researcher. My research will be based at the Institute of Modern Languages Research and my topic concerns multiculturalism in Pacific Literature.

I’m actually amazed by how quickly I got this place! I had reached out to my Top 6 University choices (SAS University of London, University of Sussex, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Leeds, Anglia Ruskin University and University of Birmingham) and all except Birmingham got back to me within less than 24 hours interested in my project. My future PhD supervisor even gave me feedback on my reearch proposal within 24 hours of receiving it. And most of that feedback was along the lines of “take out that sentence” or “reword this bit” or “will you also consider xyz?” My application was completed on 30th July (that’s when my last referee sent in a reference) and within three hours of getting the application complete message, I got invited for an interview. My interview by videocall was on August 5th at 3pm and on August 6, 2020 at 11.01am I got the following letter:

I got an unconditional offer to my dream PhD programme!!!

Of course I accepted immediately. I get to finish my education in the UK, where it all started with my B.A. in 2007. And because I start in the academic year 2020/21, I will still be classed as an EU student despite Brexit. This was my last chance to study as a Home/EU student in England. It will all be by distance learning, and I am studying part-time to be able to work alongside my studies.

That also means that I will be crazy busy over the next 6 (yes, six!!) years and I get to dust off StudyReadWrite, because guess what? I’m back! I’ll be learning even more about researching at doctoral level, I will read a lot of Pacific / Pasifika Literature and as always, I will be writing; both academic and creative during NaNoWriMo where I continue to dabble in different formats and genres. And I’m sure that I will have a lot to share while studying for this PhD!

So, let’s pop open a bottle of bubbly, because there’s every reason to celebrate! I’m the very first in my family to be admitted on a PhD programme!

If We Were Having Coffee… On June 5

Hello, my lovelies!

I know it has been rather quiet on Study.Read.Write. recently. After the aborted A-Z Challenge, I had to focus on my studies and getting my other blog, Literati Girl, off the ground.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I am happy to say I have handed in all my assignments, and no it’s just my M.A. thesis between me and graduation!


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If We Were Having Coffee… On April 24

Hello, my lovelies!

How are you today? Welcome to this week’s Weekend Coffee Share! As you can see, this week’s been pretty sparse on this blog. I think it’s fair to say that I had to give up on the A to Z Challenge for Study.Read.Write. I’m still going on Literati Girl, though and still catching up – as of right now I’ve got 3 reviews to go to be up-to-date.

If we were having coffee, we’d sit inside with a hot beverage. On Thursday we had 19°C here; it just started snowing today. The weather is so changeable, it’s not fun anymore.

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If We Were Having Coffee… On April 9

Hello my lovelies!

How are you today? Welcome to this week’s Weekend Coffee Share! How has your week been?

If we were having coffee today, we’d have met up early to drive to Essen together. We’d have got coffee on the way and gone in my car while listening to Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book on the car stereo. This particular version is narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi and features the voice of Andrew Scott as Jack Frost. It’s a really good production!

Why are we going to Essen, you might wonder. Today I’m part of a guided tour around UNESCO World Heritage Site and former coal mining complex Zeche Zollverein. The tour is for hobby photographers and gives access to some places that are not open to the general public. The industrial complex covers an area of 100ha.

In front of the main tower over Shaft XII at Zeche Zollverein Coal Mining Complex in Essen. Zeche Zollverein is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. ©Cornelia Kaufmann
In front of the main tower over Shaft XII at Zeche Zollverein Coal Mining Complex in Essen. Zeche Zollverein is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. ©Cornelia Kaufmann

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Bookish Accounts On Social Media

Top Ten Tuesday is the brainchild of The Broke & the Bookish. Every Tuesday, we compile a list of our literary Top 10, and then add it to the blog hop.

This week is all about our Top 10 Bookish Accounts To Follow On Social Media.

  1. Stephen King on Facebook
  2. Neil Gaiman on Facebook
  3. Penguin Random House on Twitter
  4. John Green on Twitter
  5. J.K. Rowling on Twitter
  6. Ben Aaronovitch on Twitter
  7. Hot Dudes Reading on Instagram 🙂
  8. IGReads on Instagram
  9. BookRiot on Instagram
  10. Kathy Reichs on Facebook