‘A born storyteller’ Guardian
‘Germany’s answer to J.K. Rowling’ Daily Telegraph
The Glass of Lead and Gold, Cornelia Funke’s gorgeous new MirrorWorld tale, is out now! Read on to discover more about Cornelia’s writing space and the inspirational objects within it.
The table I draw and write at was made and carved in India, but I bought it Hamburg, to then bring it to Southern California. It’s a well travelled table, and as it can tell so many tales, appropriate for a storyteller. It holds many things (it’s a very big table): shells, stones, Chinese coins, dragons, a paper angel given to me by a child in New Zealand, the photo of a boy who was shot at the Elementary School of Sandy Hook, given to me by his father, to always remind me that stories should comfort and give shelter, but also have to talk about the darkness of this world.
My favourite possession in the world, made by a Chinese sculptor, given to me by a friend, who knows me very well, is a huge Ogre Arm, similar to the one, I describe in Reckless, hanging above the counter of THE OGRE, Albert Chanute’s Inn. The claws are very good at holding pages down or keeping notebooks safe. As I write my first drafts always by hand that’s very important.