Literature portal Bavaria

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The literature portal Bavaria - Das Blaue vom Himmel is an Internet presence for literature in Bavaria with an overview of Bavaria's literary landscape . Its offers include author, institution and price encyclopedias as well as reports, blogs and publications on current literary topics, events and developments. The website went online on July 16, 2012. The literature portal is a stand-alone offer that can also be researched using the person search on the bavarikon culture portal . It is a project of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in cooperation with the Monacensia , library and literature archive of the city of Munich. The Bavarian literature portal is supported and supported by the Bavarian State Ministry for Science and Art and supported by the City of Munich .


With the support of the Bavarian Culture Fund , the Working Group for Joint Cultural Work of Bavarian Cities e. V. a regional literature database should be set up. In 2008, with the “Database on Literary Bavaria” as part of the cultural studies portal “Bayerische Landesbibliothek Online” (BLO), local and localizable knowledge about literature in Bavaria was made accessible to a wider public via the Internet. The database established essential links to the Bavarian authors and originally started as a test version with around 170 authors' names from the 19th and 20th centuries. It was intended as a component of a comprehensive Bavarian literature portal.

The offer was expanded in the following years. In addition to expanding the author's lexicon, it primarily focused on the collection of data from literary estates . In a survey in cooperation with the General Directorate of the Bavarian State Archives , the Bavarian State Library, Monacensia, the Bavarian Archive Day, the City Archives Working Group of the Bavarian City Council and the Sulzbach-Rosenberg Literature Archive, the data was collected between 2008 and 2011. The inventory information has been continuously updated since then. On March 29, 2010 the literature blog Bavaria went online. As a beta version, it accompanied the development of the future literature portal and provided initial insights into the planned content.

On July 16, 2012, the Bavarian literature portal was finally activated during a press conference. "It brings us closer to the history of literature and shows the lively literary events of our time", judged the Bavarian Art Minister Wolfgang Heubisch on the occasion of the activation. The Bayern literary blog was incorporated into the Bayern literary portal, whose journal module (formerly: blog) has been part of it ever since.

Spectrum of the portal

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The portal offers “information about authors from Bavaria's past and present, locations and events, bequests, funding opportunities and much more. Information on literary institutions and archival holdings provide access for research. A map conveys the literary history of the cities and regions. Links between places and topics provide further impulses to discover the literary land of Bavaria. "

In the "Authors" section, the reader will find the most important biographical and work-historical facts about writers who have shaped the literary landscape of Bavaria in the past or who make it up in the present. The author's lexicon currently contains almost 600 entries (as of November 2015).

Literary “magazines” are represented in the second area. Bavaria has already made a name for itself in the past through literary magazines, for example through the Simplicissimus, which accompanied the path to modernity, or through Akzente, the oldest still existing literary magazine in Germany. More recent magazines such as the literature in Bavaria that has existed since 1985 or DAS GEDICHT can also be found there.

Literary “bequests” are decentralized in many places in Bavaria. In a separate area, which includes more than 1,600 estates from persons and corporations in literary institutions, these are gathered and made accessible to experts and laypeople.

The “Literaturland” presents the literary history of the Bavarian cities as well as individual places where literature has made history. Historical walks and hiking trails in the footsteps of poets can be found here, as can the original version of the literary project “Streetview Literature”, which has not been available online since May 2015 and combines short stories by Munich authors and Google Streetview.

The “Topics” section prepares the literary topography thematically. You can find out about the summer holidays of artists and writers in the foothills of the Alps, about poets' journeys in the Upper Palatinate, about women who wrote in World War I, or you can find out how foreign writers experienced Munich.

In the “Journal”, the editorial team of the literature portal reports on the most important news from authors, literary institutions as well as award ceremonies and literary festivals. Interviews and literary or essayistic contributions by well-known writers are also published here. a. by Uwe Timm , Dagmar Leupold , Nora Gomringer , Lena Gorelik or Thomas von Steinaecker . In addition, individual users and institutions have the opportunity to get involved. Thematically longer running blogs also include those about the writer Jean Paul (“Jean Paul series”), the poet Oskar Panizza (“Oskar Panizza series”), about the German-Czech authors' meeting 2012/2014 or the interactive net novel The Found death of Thomas Lang .

The category “Institutions” portrays non-commercial literary institutions in their full range: museums, archives, libraries, literary houses, but also smaller associations that enrich and shape literary life.

The “Prizes & Funding” section provides an overview of all the important funding opportunities in Bavaria for writers and those who want to become one.

The “calendar” records the literary events in Bavaria, regardless of whether they take place live on stage, on the radio / TV or on site. The festival lexicon contained in this section provides information on literary series and literary festivals in Bavaria.

Web 2.0 offers

The Bavarian literature portal is a member of the social network Facebook and has - in addition to a journal and comment function in all of its modules - its own Twitter channel (@LitPortalBayern).

Literary radio

The Bavarian literature portal has had its own literary channel on the web radio "Literatur Radio Bayern" since 2015 as part of the citizen media platform of the Bavarian State Center for New Media (BLM) . There you will find audio pieces, interviews (with Christiane Neudecker and Nora Bossong , among others), reports from festivals and readings, etc. a. of events with Katja Huber , Sandra Hoffmann , Dagmar Leupold Lena Gorelik and Andrea Heuser .


Nora Gomringer, Fridolin Schley in the school reading series As foreign as we humans in Bamberg (c) LPB.jpg

Since 2015, the Bavarian literature portal has also been increasingly prominent as an organizer of literary readings and projects. These include u. a. Events with Jürgen Bulla and Federico Italiano , with Petra Morsbach and Sarah Elise Bischof as part of the Munich Festival Art & Inclusion , with Keto von Waberer on the beauty & cosmetics reading stage as well as several events in a reading series against xenophobia ( foreign ).

In cooperation with the action alliance We do that (founded by Annika Reich ) z. For example, the Syrian writers Afraa Batous and Yamen Hussein - as well as many others in As foreign as we humans , a reading and discussion series at Bavarian schools, which the literature portal Bavaria carried out 2016-2018 in cooperation with the Bavarian State Ministry for Science and Art . Those involved here included a. Doris Dörrie , Norbert Niemann and Gert Heidenreich .

In February 2018, the literature portal Bayern was co-organizer of the reading festival Eight Times Arriving in the Monacensia Munich, where u. a. Lena Gorelik , Ayeda Alavie and Katja Huber performed.


In 2015, the Bavarian literature portal cooperated with Peter Kirchheim Verlag on the publication of the book Fremd (edited by Fridolin Schley ), an anthology of Munich authors against xenophobia. The volume combines texts about strangeness and being strangers, etc. a. by Doris Dörrie , Lena Gorelik , Sandra Hoffmann , Steven Uhly , Dagmar Leupold , Thomas Lang and the political scientist Georg Picot.

In 2018, the anthology Wir sind hier was published in cooperation between Literaturportal Bayern and Allitera Verlag . Stories about arriving - with contributions and a. by Friedrich Ani , Björn Bicker and Björn Kuhligk .

The literature portal Bavaria 2020 published a selection of his best texts from the thematic module in the anthology Das Blaue vom Himmel. Bavaria's literature in essays (Allitera Verlag). This includes u. a. Texts about Gisela Elsner , Karl Valentin , Frank Wedekind , Jean Paul and essays z. B. about the poetry slam scene in Munich, Bavaria '68, literary lovers, dialect poetry , comics & literature or Europe's poets in the Dachau concentration camp .


On the occasion of the 250th birthday of the writer Johann Paul Friedrich Richter (1763-1825) in 2013, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek launched the smartphone app “Dichterwege - In the footsteps of Jean Paul “Developed. The Jean-Paul-Weg included in the app through the districts of Hof, Wunsiedel and Bayreuth can also be followed virtually on the pages of the Bavarian literature portal. Jean Paul's autobiography Self-life description , which was recorded as an audio book for the app , is offered as a free audio book in the journal of the Bavarian literature portal.

In addition, the portal presents the best texts from the school writing competition "Jean Pauls Taschdruckerei", which was advertised by the Jean Paul 2013 association. In the meantime, the remaining app content has also been transferred to the Bavarian literature portal in the form of a topic essay, enriched with existing links to Jean Paul in the portal.


Current partners involved are Kulturallmende, Jean-Paul-Weg - joint project Jean Paul in Upper Franconia, the literature archive Sulzbach-Rosenberg / Literaturhaus Oberpfalz, STADTKULTUR Netzwerk Bayerischer Städt e. V., Literatur Radio Bayern, the Literaturhaus München and the Swabian Literature Castle Edelstetten e. V. In addition, the Bavarian literature portal cooperates with the Munich reading stage Beauty & Cosmetics, the action alliance for refugees We do this and the Evangelisches Bildungswerk e. V.

The literature portal Bavaria is open to further cooperation.


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  • Peter Czoik, Stephan Kellner, Fridolin Schley (eds.): The blue from heaven. Bavaria's literature in essays. Allitera Verlag, Munich 2020, ISBN 978-3-96233-205-1 .
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  • Sandra Hoffmann : In the forest. A walk through the literature portal Bavaria. In: Aviso. Magazine for art and science in Bavaria. 03/19, Munich 2019.
  • Katja Huber, Silke Kleemann, Fridolin Schley (eds.): We are here: Stories about arriving. Allitera Verlag, Munich 2018, ISBN 978-3-96233-058-3 .
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  • Fridolin Schley: As strange as we humans. The literature portal Bavaria travels with a number of writers through Bavaria's schools. In: Literature in Bavaria. 128 (2017).
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Web links

Individual evidence

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  2. ^ Database on literary Bavaria ( Memento from June 25, 2012 in the Internet Archive ). In:, accessed on October 21, 2019.
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  11. See Flyer Literaturportal Bayern - Das Blaue vom Himmel.
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