I’m Kate Katharina Ferguson, an anchor and reporter at Germany’s international broadcaster, Deutsche Welle and a fiction writer in my spare time.
I have an odd-sounding and duplicitous 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’ve been writing this blog regularly for more than a decade. It details my journey from graduating in the midst of Ireland’s financial crisis to establishing a life in Berlin where I now live with my husband, LSH and our baby daughter.
Many of my posts are devoted to “Frau B”, a dear friend of mine whom I visited every week for many years. I have extremely fond memories of sitting in her nursing home bedroom, drinking coffee and exchanging 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. Sadly she passed away in January of 2018. I think of her every day and our friendship is the inspiration for my first novel, which is being submitted for publication.
I am currently on maternity leave, and am actively seeking to collaborate on interesting projects when I return to work. My main skills are in writing, presenting and voiceover work. Please e-mail me at katekatharina-AT-gmail-DOT-com if you would like to work with me.
If you would like to send me something by post, you can do so at the following address:
Postfach 12 01 32, 10591 Berlin