Cornelia has picked out some photos for you. A colourful choice taken from a colourful life.
Cornelia and the Alster trail
While Cornelia was living in Hamburg, there was a creek running through her garden. Becoming a river further down its way, the Alster is really just a small creek at that point. Alongside the creek there was a quite popular hiking trail and that regularly resulted in hikers walking across our property. So one afternoon she sat down and painted a sign for her garden fence, exactly where the hikers always took the wrong turn. From then on there was an elephant showing them the way with his trunk: "Alsterwanderweg - da lang", "Alster trail - this way"
When Cornelia lived in Hamburg/Germany, she used to have an Icelandic horse. It was called Jarpur. His former owners actually wanted to have him butchered, saying he be of no use anymore. But a friend of Cornelia saved Jarpur from this cruel fate. Cornelia then attended to the horse and took care of him while he was put at a range and in a stable very close to Cornelia's home back then. When Cornelia moved to Los Angeles in 2005, friends looked after Jarpur. You could not ride him, never, for he was such a scaredy cat, and he needed a lot of care as he was plagued with an itchy eczema. The name Jarpur, by the way, is a common Icelandic name for horses meaning something like "the Brown One".
An exceptional interview
The magazine supplement of the German newspaper "Süddeutsche Zeitung" has a weekly interview format which is called "Sagen Sie jetzt nichts" ("Don't Say Anything Now"). For the award-winning feature, the newspaper asks questions and the interviewees have to act out their answers by gestures and facial expressions for the camera. In 2017 Cornelia gave that interview, and she enjoyed it very much.
In March 2016, Cornelia and Eduardo Garcia, owner of the Hamburg sound studio "German Wahnsinn", co-founded the audiobook label ATMENDE BUECHER to publish all of Cornelia's future stories. The photo shows Eduardo (on the right) and his colleague Philipp Feit (chief creative officer). The guy in the middle did not want to reveal his identity.
826 LA at Cornelia's farm in Malibu
In April 2019, 60 children, parents, and tutors of 826 LA visited Cornelia at her farm in Malibu. Ducks, donkeys, plants, pizza, painting, drawing, scavenger hunt. A Sunday in nature for city kids and the first event hosted by Cornelia's foundation "Rim of Heaven".
Cornelia's writing house in Beverly Hills
This was Cornelia's writing house in her garden in Beverly Hills, where she and her family lived during their first years in California (before she moved to Malibu). After breakfast Cornelia walked through the garden to her writing house – with a view of avocado and sycamore trees and her very happy dog Luna chewing a giant Mickey Mouse.
Cornelia y Friedrich Hechelmann
In September 2011, Cornelia and German painter and illustrator Friedrich Hechelmann opened the exhibition of Hechelmann's original illustrations of Cornelia’s book ‘Ghost Knight’. They met at the exhibition opening in Isny for the first time and got along straightaway as if they had been friends for years. Maybe it's because a long time before their first meeting they got to know and got into each other's art so intensely. Sometimes, then, one gets the feeling to meet the artists in the stories they have written or the paintings they have created.
The "Magical Worlds" exhibition
In 2017 Cornelia paid a visit to an exhibition of her illustrated work - "Cornelia Funke's magical worlds" - at the Kunsthalle Karlsruhe. She was completely enchanted. In addition to Cornelia's illustrations, the museum created a shelter station for mythical creatures (Dragon Rider) and a Mirrorworld treasure chamber.
New life on the farm
Cornelia hugging Mateo, the newborn donkey, his mother Esperanza watching them. Cornelia’s donkeys Esperanza and Zorro have different life stories. Zorro came from a ranch where horses were treated badly. That’s why it takes time to earn his trust. Esperanza used to be "a wild one" running with the wild mustangs. On the old avocado farm that Cornelia has bought in 2017 in Malibu/California, there was an empty stable and an adjoining small paddock. A peaceful new home for the donkey couple. In 2021 Esperanza gave birth to their son Mateo.
The man behind the microphone is Rainer Strecker, Cornelia's German tongue, who reads almost all her audio-books in Germany. Rainer and Cornelia did many readings together. He does the male and Cornelia does the female voices. Cornelia finds it much more exciting to do it this way than just reading alone - and much more entertaining for the listener as well. Rainer is a well known German actor in theatre, TV and film.
This is Alfonso, whom Cornelia likes to call El Brujo, as he can talk to trees and make them flower. He had helped Cornelia plant and build and bring her property back to life after the long drought, and he and his men fought the 2018 California wildfires and saved Cornelia's house and barn, the donkeys and the ducks.