Der Schreibhauskurier

Friday, 6 July, 2018

Cornelia and the Sea Lions

My foundation RIM OF HEAVEN has been supporting the California Wildlife Center since May. The pictures show you how they invited me to release one of two sea lions, which had received all the necessary treatment and care in the center, back to the wild.


I also watched while they an injured hawk was taught to fly again and how elephants seals returned to the ocean.


They are, by the way, much more hesitant to do so than the sea lions are.

Saturday, 23 June, 2018

Dragon Rider - The Opera

On 22 June, the Luebeck Theatre presented the world premiere of the opera adaptation of Cornelia’s Dragon Rider story. The company received standing ovations and we have beautiful photos for you...

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Tuesday, 12 June, 2018

One Week After

Last Tuesday was World Environment Day. Actually, every day should be World Environment Day. This year's theme was 'beat plastic pollution'...

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Friday, 8 June, 2018

The Glass of Lead and Gold

Pushkin Press will publish a new story by Cornelia in September.

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Saturday, 21 April, 2018

Today is Earth Day

Maybe yesterday's Google Doodle caught your eye...

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Wednesday, 4 April, 2018

The Wild Chicks are about to "land" in the United States

Breathing Books will republish Cornelia's entire Wild Chicks series. The books about the adventures of a gang of five girls and their sometimes more, sometimes less adverse boys' gang - the Piranhas, are very, very popular in Germany. The first two of the series - The Wild Chicks and The Wild Chicks: Class Trip - will come out in the US in May 2018.

Sunday, 1 April, 2018

Hoppy Easter everybody!

Have a relaxing time with your families and friends.

Happy chocolate egg hunting!

Insa and Guesty

Wednesday, 7 March, 2018

A Parcel from the Jane Goodall Institute Germany

In preparation for our upcoming conservation area on Cornelia's website, we contacted the Jane Goodall Institute Germany, because we would like to introduce Jane's impressive life and work to you. Look what they sent us...

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Tuesday, 13 February, 2018

May we introduce...

... the Funke Farm Friends. Last autumn, Cornelia moved to an old avocado farm. Look who has moved in with her

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Thursday, 25 January, 2018

Inkheart in Taiwan

In 2017, the Department of German at the National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology adapted "Inkheart" for the stage. Go to our film/theatre section, where you will find the video and more pictures of the stage premiere. 

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Monday, 1 January, 2018



Sunday, 24 December, 2017

A merry little Xmas to all of you!

Have a beautiful time with your family and friends, and catch the last Yule light on Cornelia's website

Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Our New Writing Workshop

From today, you will find a little writing workshop hidden behind the typewriter on Cornelia's shelf (your stories are of course still there). The workshop includes tips, exercises, and a dictionary, and there will be more to come. It will also be the future "venue" for our writing competitions. Let us know, if you have any wishes for the workshop and how you like it.  Enjoy browsing

Thursday, 16 November, 2017

Niklas Goodfellow jumps from stage onto big screen

The famous German Augsburg puppet theatre brings its stage version of Cornelia's "When Santa Fell To Earth" to cinemas in Germany and German-speaking countries

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Tuesday, 31 October, 2017


Halloween and pumpkin.

They just belong together.

But why is that?

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Monday, 9 October, 2017

Don't Say Anything Now

In September, Cornelia "answered" questions in a very different sort of interview

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Saturday, 16 September, 2017

Breathing Books Blog

Cornelia's publishing company Breathing Books started a blog! Check out news about Cornelia, the latest works-in-progress, reviews, and more, here: http://www.breathing-books.com/blog

Monday, 11 September, 2017

Reckless app now available for both iPhone and iPad

Cornelia's Reckless app is now available for iPhones as well as iPad! If you haven't already seen it, the Reckless app is an expansion on the Reckless series and includes fourteen new stories that take place behind the mirror! Cornelia about the app: "The Mirada magicians have brought my stories to life. For the first time you will experience the stories exactly like I imagined them. What’s so beautiful about it is that both modern technology as well as traditional crafts are used to tell those stories.“

Wednesday, 30 August, 2017

Cornelia's background music

Does Cornelia like it quiet when she writes or does anything accompany her?

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Monday, 28 August, 2017


... found this in my post box.

Cornelia's new picture book "Fabers Reise" (Faber's Journey") has just arrived! I have already browsed through the pages ...

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Wednesday, 19 July, 2017

Dragon cake for the queuers

Within the scope of the exhibition Cornelia Funke. Zauberwelten at the Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Cornelia gave a reading from her book "Dragon Rider". We took some happy photos of little Cornelia Funke book lovers at the following book signing. Enjoy...

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Tuesday, 18 July, 2017

Cornelia Funke. Zauberwelten

Until 27 August, the Kunsthalle Karlsruhe presents a selection of Cornelia's illustrations and beyond. In July, Cornelia arrived from LA to see what the museum team has so fantastically accomplished.

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Sunday, 2 July, 2017

"The Griffin's Feather"...

... is Waterstones' Children's Book of the Month!

Cornelia's comment on Twitter: "I am dancing with dragons to celebrate! A humbled bow and happy hum from Malibu!"

Friday, 30 June, 2017

Dragon Rider: The Griffin's Feather...

... will be published in July!

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Wednesday, 21 June, 2017

Cornelia's favourite books

Many of you keep asking about Cornelia's personal story faves. Take a look into her "Treasure Chest" ...

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Saturday, 10 June, 2017

Constantin Film adapting Dragon Rider

So many of you have been asking to make Dragon Rider into a movie. Now it is official and production has begun on the animated adventure Dragon Rider. We promise to keep you posted.

Thursday, 2 March, 2017

The Book No One Ever Read

Cornelia's new picture book "The Book No One Ever Read" will be published on May 14!

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Tuesday, 7 February, 2017

Breathing Books Club

Cornelia's publishing company has a "Breathing Books Club" in the works - they will be using a private Facebook group to gather fans and read Cornelia's books together, starting with the Reckless series. Since so many of her fans re-read her novels,  they thought that would be a fun way to get some of them engaged with each other. The plan is to read a few chapters a week, to post "quizzes" with prizes for the winners, and to include other fun tidbits. Please message Breathing Books on Facebook if you are interested.

Wednesday, 18 January, 2017

Have you spotted our Blogger's Corner yet?

Have a look at our book shelf on the right side. The "Blogs" mobile will take you to a selection of some gorgeous book blogs. Breezy, brainy, bookish



Sunday, 1 January, 2016



Saturday, 24 December, 2016

Merry Christmas....

...., Frohe Weihnachten, Feliz Navidad from my Tree House in Malibu! Cornelia

Thursday, 22 December, 2016

Mirrorworld, Inkworld, and...

Cornelia on her projects 2017

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Tuesday, 15 November, 2016

Firedrake on stage

The German Wuppertal Theatre for Young Audiences presents a fabulous pre Xmas stage adaptation of Cornelia's story "Dragon Rider". For more information, go to our Film and Theatre shelf.

Tuesday, 11 October, 2016

Knitted Underwater Heroes

In May 2017, Cornelia's underwater adventure story "Lilli and Fin are swimming to America" will be published by RandomHouseKids. Next to Cornelia's original illustrations, the book will include pictures of some charming knitted dolls by Rabbit Hole Knits designer Sara Elizabeth Kellner.

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Saturday, 17 September, 2016

New home, new website

The website received a new polish at just the right time. This summer I moved from Los Angeles to Malibu. I have never been a city person. I missed the wild despite my wild garden, the wide horizons, the silence... As my son Ben said, when he saw my new home: "Now your whole house is your writing house, Mum." It is.

And I have space to paint on big canvases (listening to loud music) and a choir of dogs and coyotes echoing through the canyon that I now call home. I see the Pacific ocean on my left and the mountains on the right. I hear horses walking by from time to time and the number of cars passing my house during the day is seldom more than the number of fingers on my hands. I have a drummer amongst my neighbors who is very good, and at sunset bats are fluttering around my house. Let’s see whether you’ll soon taste all that in my stories.

O yes, I can walk to the Lagoon, and apart from my very nice human neighbors, I have pelicans, cormorants, seals and dolphins for company.

Greetings from the house among the trees, Cornelia

Wednesday, 14 September, 2016

Anticipating "Die Feder eines Greifs"

Anticipation is growing among German Dragon Rider fans ahead of the release of "Die Feder eines Greifs" (A Griffin's Feather). Cornelia's German publisher, Dressler, created a Dragon Rider fan page to while away waiting time. So, this way, please, onto the dragon's back...

Sunday, 11 September, 2016

German Reading Tour "Die Feder eines Greifs"

Cornelia and the German actor Rainer Strecker will introduce the sequel of "Dragon Rider" - "Die Feder eines Greifs" (A Griffin's Feather) on a book tour through Germany in November. Tour dates and information on ticktes are now added to our 'Events' here in the WritingHouseTimes.

Sunday, 11 September, 2016

Cornelia started her own German audiobook label!

Atmende Buecher (German for 'Breathing Books') is a joint project of Cornelia and Eduardo García, owner of the sound studio German Wahnsinn).

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Sunday, 11 September, 2016

The Writing(House)Contest

The Winning Stories

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Wednesday, 10 August, 2016

9 Times Dragon

Fascinating facts about the legendary creature

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Tuesday, 9 August, 2016

The little dragon quest

Following the footprints of Firedrake

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Friday, 5 August, 2016

If I could be a grown-up for one day....

In Cornelia's book "The Thief Lord", thirteen-year-old Scipio is desperate to ride the magical merry-go-round to grow older. If you had the chance to take a ride as well, if you could be a grown-up for just one day, what would you do?

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Thursday, 4 August, 2016

Do you believe in ghosts, Cornelia?

Cornelia spent some writing time with ghosthunters, ASGs and IRGs. But does she actually believe in ghosts?

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Monday, 1 August, 2016

Felt Fervour in the Chamber of Miracles

"Suse Federschmid, feltmaker, Giantling Alley, Schwanstein": A letter sent to this address will be returned, but a feltmaker bearing the name Federschmid ... reads quite like a resident of MirrorWorld.

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Thursday, 28 July, 2016

Ghost Knight: Reading and Exhibition Opening at Isny

In September 2011, Cornelia and German painter and illustrator Friedrich Hechelmann opened the exhibition of the original illustrations of Cornelia’s new book Ghost Knight.

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Tuesday, 26 July, 2016

Angels, Pigs and Pirates: A Picture Book Story

Kerstin Meyer is an illustrator. She has illustrated many of Cornelia's books and her pictures always hit the right note for Cornelia's stories. We paid a visit to Kerstin's studio in Hamburg Altona.

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Saturday, 23 July, 2016

Interview Barry Cunningham

"My job is to represent children" Barry Cunningham, Cornelia’s British publisher, tells about his favourite books, about his polar she-bear, a secret passion and his work as a publisher.

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Thursday, 21 July, 2016

Voices behind the mirror

In June 2010, Rainer Strecker and the publishing company Oetinger recorded Cornelia’s new novel Reckless at a studio in Hamburg.

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