I’m Kate Katharina Ferguson. I have an odd-sounding name because my parents had a disagreement after I was born over which version; the English or the German to call me. So they chose both. People at school used to call me “Kate Squared” but when you think about it, it’s better than “Kate the Square.”
I grew up in Ireland but now live in Berlin where I work as a journalist and translator, mostly at Germany’s international broadcaster, Deutsche Welle. I also write and translate on a freelance basis. Get in touch if you think I can help you with something.
One thing you should know if you’re new to the blog is that “LSB” stands for “Long-Suffering Boyfriend.” In 2017, after we said yes, LSB’s name changed to LSH.
Also, “Frau B” was a friend of mine. For six years, I went to visit her in a nursing home in Charlottenburg every week. We drank coffee and exchanged gossip. Sometimes she’d tell me stories about Berlin as she experienced it: destroyed, divided and reunified. We were nearly 70 years apart but that didn’t stop us from being besties. Many of the posts you’ll find here are about her. Sadly she passed away in Janury of 2018. I think of her every day and she is the inspiration for the novel I’m working on.
If you’d like to get in touch, please e-mail me at katekatharina-AT-gmail-DOT-com.
If you would like to send me something by post, you can do so at the following address:
Postfach 12 01 32, 10591 Berlin