Imogen Rhia Herrad

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Imogen Rhia Herrad is a German writer and broadcaster. She was born in 1967 and brought up in Germany and has also lived in London and in Argentina. She divides her time between Cologne and Wales, (where she learnt Welsh) and writes in German and English.

Her short stories and articles in English have been published in magazines and anthologies in Wales, Canada and the US.[1] Her programmes for German public radio (in German) include pieces about the medieval countess Matilda of Canossa,[2] the Antichrist,[3] Zora Neale Hurston,[4] the Mapuche people of Patagonia,[5][6] and the cultural histories of sheep, dragons [7] and the apple, respectively.

Herrad’s story The Accident has been longlisted for the Raymond Carver Short Story Awards. Her children’s story The Wind’s Bride won third prize in the London Writers’ Competition. Her current project, a novel set in first-century Iron Age Britain and Ancient Rome, received a grant from Academi, the Welsh literature promotion agency.[8]

Her travel narrative "Beyond the Pampas: in Search of Patagonia"[2] was published in November 2012.

Her B.A. dissertation about gender deviants in ancient Ancient Rome, "Quis satis vir est?" ("Who is man enough?") won the 2014 Gender Studies Prize [9] of the University of Bonn.


  • "Beyond the Pampas: in Search of Patagonia" (Travel) Seren Books (2012) [3]
  • "Rhiannon's Bird", short story in: Sing Sorrow Sorrow, Seren Books (2010)[10]
  • "Without a Trace", short story in: Written in Blood, Honno (2009)[11]
  • The Woman who loved an Octopus and other Saints' Tales (short stories) Seren Books 2007[12]
  • "Hortus Conclusus", short story in: Coming up Roses, Honno (2008)[13]
  • "The Accident", short story in: Safe World Gone, Honno (2007)[14]
  • "Ym Mhatagonia" (In Patagonia), travel writing in: Even the Rain is Different, Honno (2004) [15]
  • "Bronwerdd", short story in: The Woman who loved Cucumbers, Honno (2002) [16]


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