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Author: Karen Liebreich

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Letter in the Bottle

A full-length podcast by the makers of award-winning series Criminal, This is Love investigates life’s most persistent mystery. Stories of sacrifice, obsession, and the ways in which we bet everything on each other. This episode featured – Karen Liebreich…  A woman finds a mysterious message in a bottle, and becomes consumed with finding out who […]

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National Park City Fair, July 2018

Saturday 21st July, 4pm. Conway Hall. J is for Jam and Juicing… and Chutney. And when a guerrilla gardener looks worryingly like becoming part of the establishment.

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Garden Museum Literary Festival, June 2018

I gave a talk at the Garden Museum Literary Festival.

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The Chiswick Timeline

For the last year we’ve been working on this huge mural, The Chiswick Timeline: A History in Art and Maps.  

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The ‘Nazi Marilyn Monroe’: Goebbels had very nice eyes – but he was a devil!

She was the Nazis’ pin-up, the Aryan sex symbol whose films fired up the SS. In this previously unpublished interview, Kristina Söderbaum talks about Hitler’s charm, shooting scenes as the Allies closed in – and being nicknamed the State Water Corpse. Read my article in the Guardian

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La mecanógrafa de Goebbels

Brunhilde Pomsel, una de las secretarias de Josef Goebbels, murió el pasado 27 de enero. La entrevisté en 1991 para una serie de televisión de la BBC sobre la propaganda cinematográfica nazi. En 2011, Bild publicó una entrevista “exclusiva” con ella, afirmando que era la primera vez que hablaba, desde la guerra, pero no lograron […]

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La dactylo de Goebbels

Brunhilde Pomsel , l’un des secrétaires de Josef Goebbels, est morte le 27 janvier à 106 ans. Je l’avais interviewée en 1991 pour une série télévisée de la BBC sur la propagande cinématographique nazie. En 2011, le tabloïd Bild avait publié une entrevue «exclusive» d’elle, affirmant que c’était la première fois qu’elle parlait depuis la […]

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Goebbels’ secretary Brunhilde Pomsel dies

Here’s my article in this week’s London Review of Books. And here it is again, with added photos. Or you could order the new book, The Black Page, Interviews with Nazi film-makers, with lots more interesting info, only £6.99. Currently at the printers, published 1 March 2017. Pre-order here: Buy it here. A last chance […]

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The Black Page: Interviews with Nazi film-makers

Never-before published interviews with those at the heart of Goebbels’ propaganda machine – the Nazi Marilyn Monroe, Lilli Marlene’s composer, Leni Riefenstahl’s cameraman, Goebbels’ secretary Brunhilde Pomsel and many more. Buy it here. A last chance to hear from key figures from the Nazi film industry Wilfred von Oven: Press officer to Joseph Goebbels Marianne […]

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Fallen Order

Newly re-published as an e-book: Fallen Order: Intrigue, Heresy and Scandal in the Rome of Galileo and Caravaggio. “As racy and full of machinations as The Name of the Rose… meticulously researched and beautifully written”, Guardian Buy it here In 1643, after a failure by the Church hierarchy to deal with child abuse scandals (paedophile priests) […]

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Salopian Garden and the work of Cultivate London

Here’s a short video featuring the Salopian Garden. Through most of 2016 I was busy creating this garden from wasteland. Every Thursday a team of offenders from the Community Payback scheme, along with a group of determined volunteers worked to clear brambles and rubbish, and then to build paths, cob oven, raised beds, decked polytunnel, […]

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Creating a new Kitchen Garden

Nearly ten years after we started work on our first Kitchen Garden, the Chiswick House Kitchen Garden, we get to create another one. Cultivate London has been given a 25 year lease by the National Trust on a large garden in Isleworth on the London Road. The garden was initially cleared by Cultivate who rigged a […]

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Abundance Apple Day 2015

Abundance Apple Day celebrated a bumper apple and pear harvest by pressing nearly two tonnes of fruit that would otherwise have gone to waste.  

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Deb’s Diaries: Dresden in the 1930s

She flirted with Nazi officers but fell in love with the wrong man. A story of passion and difficult choices. New blog launched here.

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Kicking off 2015

The German edition of the Family Kitchen Garden, Mein Selbstversorgergarten, is still at Bestseller Nr 1 in Germany (for gardening books) – number 1,031 in overall books. Amazing! And brilliant. Meanwhile I’ve already given two interviews this year – one to Vegetarian Living Magazine, and one to Jornal Pampulha in Belo Horizonte in Brazil. Tricky […]

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Would you like to run an organic farm in London?

In October 2013 I became a Trustee of Cultivate London, a charity that trains unemployed 16-25 year olds in horticultural skills. With a week we were offered the chance to take over a three-acre organic farm near Heathrow, an opportunity that would make us a very serious player in London’s burgeoning urban farming movement. At […]

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Groundbreaking Food Gardens

Groundbreaking Food Gardens: 73 Plans that will Change the Way You Grow Your Garden, edited by Niki Jabbour, a Canadian author and host of radio show The Weekend Gardener. She invited us to supply a plan for a kid’s food garden. And we did!

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Elderflowers, guerrilla gardening and shed sessions

  Today has been a strange and beautiful gardening day after an unpromising start. My mother’s dog, Boris, whom we are reluctantly housing for ten days while she is on holiday, woke us as usual at 6 AM with his rusty, needy bark, and the sound of slobber hitting the walls as he shook his […]

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Guerrilla gardening, Chelsea Fringe and the Magical Orchard

At the end of December, having some spare rhubarb crowns, we tiptoed out to the local library, where I had spotted an empty bed. We planted the crowns and slunk off. A few weeks later they were sprouting, but someone had pulled up two of the plants. So I stuck a little sign up, explaining […]

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Apple picking

We’ve picked over a tonne of apples that would have gone to waste – and taught a load of kids about fruit and fun. The BBC came to film us – watch it here.

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Venice Biennale

At last a chance to find out what the Venice Biennale is all about.  Founded in 1895 and held on odd years, this is the leading contemporary art exhibition in the world (with architecture on the even years). This year marks the 55th, after various breaks for wars. Initially there were national pavilions, structured around […]

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Nazi propaganda interviews

Hunting through the attic looking for something else I find a box of old documents from when I spent a while as a Nazi hunter in the early 1990s. I tracked down and interviewed several ageing Germans, and now I read through my notes with wonder. Brunhilde Pomsel, secretary to Goebbels; Hans-Otto Meissner, son of Hindenburg’s Secretary […]

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Cultivated Tastes – kitchen gardens are fresh and fashionable again

A recent piece in the Financial Times’ How to Spend it supplement by Tim Richardson extolled the joys of having a thriving kitchen garden. Based on my previous work at the Chiswick House Kitchen Garden, I offer some nuggets: “For practical advice, Karen Liebreich is a good source of information… ‘If we could do it […]

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Researching creative non-fiction

Visit to Birkbeck’s BA in Creative Writing class to talk to students about the process of researching creative non-fiction. Listen to the podcast here

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Chelsea Fringe Edible Herbal High Road

The Edible Herbal High Road for the Chelsea Fringe was launched with great fanfare and a day of herbal workshops on 18th May. 60 mini-herb gardens now grace the streets of Chiswick, along with a herbal  knot garden with living willow structure on Turnham Green, opposite the Town Hall. Lots of good press coverage for […]

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Edible Herbal High Road

 Preparing the Edible Herbal High Road (18th May – 9th June) for Abundance London’s Chelsea Fringe entry. Sixty little herb gardens outside shops along Chiswick High Road, Devonshire Road and Turnham Green Terrace, a knot garden on the green, a living willow sculpture in the middle of the knot, a series of workshops on fun stuff […]

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Edible High Road for the Chelsea Fringe – Herbal High Road for Chiswick

This year’s Edible High Road for the Chelsea Fringe in Chiswick will feature a Herbal High Road. Chiswick High Road, Devonshire Road and Turnham Green Terrace will present a mile-long nectar-rich succession of pots between May 18th and June 9th 2013, organised by Abundance London. And all over London other Edible High Roads are popping up, […]

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