Cornelia is one of the newly awarded RSL International Writers
The Royal Society of Literature is the UK’s charity for the advancement of literature. The RSL International Writers programme celebrates the contribution of writers across the globe to literature in English through a new, life-long honour, recognising the power of literature to transcend borders and bring people together.
A new image maker
Our "Magical Image Makers" have been joined by a new impressive artist: The Ukrainian author and illustrator Oksana Bula.
Drop by and get inspired: corneliafunke.com/en/stories/magical-image-makers/
An Email from the frozen world
How is Cornelia’s book "Dragon Rider" related to Antarctica? Two new (and very special) articles in our "Stories" section unravel the mystery . Curious? This way, please ....
My new favourite writing table... :)
A very special guestRead message
A new section for Cornelia's website
For over a decade of corneliafunke.com we have been telling stories about Cornelia and her books.
The most interesting ones you will find in our new "Stories" section. Enjoy!
Draw A Bird Day
Draw A Bird Day is April 8th of every year. It is an unofficial holiday, but it has been celebrated for over 70 years. It originated in the United Kingdom. You can find the background story HERE. On Instagram we asked Cornelia's followers to share their birds with us. And here they are! Thanks to Andrea, Nadine, Ani, Nelly, Jana, and Elli >3
Draw A Bird Day Birds - back for more
Dear Cornelia, my daughter Nelly (12) spent the first day of school holidays reading Inkspell and watching a magpie couple. The birds are currently trying to make a nest on our balcony (though I doubt our dog Lou will accept it ;)). So your instagram post on "Draw A BIRD DAY" came right on cue. Here is Nelly's magpie sketch. All the very best from Germany! Birgit
A badgie, drawn by Jana
A very good idea :) Here is my watercolour bird. I had much fun drawing it. Yours, Jana
... and in case you feel like drawing a bird on a run-of-the-mill-day, we are looking forward to more pictures: firstname.lastname@example.org
Most loved booksRead the letter
I’ve read so many books in my life that one could fill a library with it (well, I did read half of the library in the small town I came from) and they all taught me something about writing and story telling.
But there are a few that were unforgettable and so wonderful that I want to read them over and over again. I can’t list them all – luckily there are many of them. Here is a small but precious selection.Next page
T.H.WHITE: THE ONCE AND FUTURE KING
The best fantasy book I know. Sad and funny, silly and wise. I wish I had written it.
W.GOLDMAN: THE PRINCESS BRIDE
I wish I had not read it yet so that I could read it again for the first time! Though it enchants me each time I read it again. One of the best villainS ever in there and for sure some of the best heroes. And no, life isn’t fair.
DAVID ALMOND: SKELLIG
"Skellig" is the story of a boy, who finds an angel in a rattly garage. Well, the creature kind of looks like an angel, but ... (this one, for example loves Chinese food and dark beer!). He is anything but fair and bright, but he is one of the most impressive angels I have ever found in literature.
Well, I really don't know which of his books I would recommend first: "Neverwhere", "The Graveyard Book", "Stardust"? I love all of his stories. I listened to his audiobooks while illustrating "Reckless".
Sending my best wishes,
Cornelia has moved - and her website got a makeover.
A former Agriturismo in Tuscany will be Cornelia's home and meeting place for her "Artists in Residence" for the next few months.Read message
Cornelia landed in Pisa on 1 September 2021. She has bought an estate nearby that for many years had been an Agriturismo. Here she plans to continue her Artist in Residence Project — initially for one year.
Below you will find a letter from Cornelia in which she explains how she decided to move from California to Italy. So a lot has changed, and a lot will continue to change. Not least her website.
In California, on Cornelia's farm, there used to be an old barn that she had turned into a writing house. And for a long time, the website looked just like that barn. But now the barn is no longer suitable. Everything on the estate in Tuscany is slowly coming together. The furniture is still on its way by ship, and Cornelia is also only gradually settling into her new home, but she is eagerly organizing and rearranging the former farm. The garage has already been converted into a studio, the old tavern got a new kitchen and the equipment for the recording studio is complete. At the same time we have been trying to redesign page by page for you. We decluttered a bit here and there, created more clarity — at least we hope that you will find your way around and that you will like it. Only the guestroom needs another fresh coat of paint and a bit more cosiness.
If you'd like to comment or send us a message before we open the guestroom and guestbook again, we are looking forward to your emails: email@example.com.
To my dear readersRead the letter
My writing room is almost ready for The Color of Revenge:)