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. In 2008 she founded Peirene Press, an award-winning independent publishing house. She is the editor of the Peirene Now! series of commissioned fiction that confronts topical polical subjects through story telling.

Meike has written five 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 No 6 in the Polish national bestseller list in the same month. MAGDA has also appeared in German, Italian and Catalan translation.

Meike's fourth novel, THE PHOTOGRAPHER, was recommended by the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2018.

Her next novel, FLOTSAM, will be published in May 2019.

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

Follow Meike on twitter for her forthcoming readings & events

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(Author Photo © Roelof Bakker)