Meike Ziervogel/Writer


Meike Ziervogel is a novelist and publisher. She grew up in northern Germany and came to London in 1986 to study Arabic language and literature. She has worked as a journalist for Reuters in London and Agence France-Presse in Paris. In 2008 she founded Peirene Press, an award-winning independent publishing house. Since 2009 Meike has run a successful, regular literary Salon in north London. In 2012 she was voted as one of Britain's 100 most innovative and influential people in the creative and media industries for the h.Club 100 list devised by Time OutLondon and the Hospital Club. Meike lives in London.

Meike is the author of four novels. In her work she explores family dynamics, perceptions of reality, and plot lines. 

Her debut novel MAGDA was shortlisted for the Guardian's Not the Booker prize and nominated as a book of the year 2013 by the Irish Times, Observer and Guardian readers. The book was released in Polish translation in January 2015 and reached No6 in the Polish national bestseller list in the same month. MAGDA also appeared in German translation in February 2015.

Meike's second book CLARA'S DAUGHTER was published to critical acclaim in September 2014. Her third novel KAUTHAR came out in August 2015. Her fourth novel, THE PHOTOGRAPHER, was released in May 2017.

She is currently working on her fifth novel, and also on a book of collaborative fiction with Syrian refugee writers in Lebanon to be published in summer 2018.

To read Meike’s blog ‘The Pain & Passion of a Small Publisher’, click here

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