Maryam Goudarzi was born in Iran in 1980 and began working as a freelance writer and journalist after studying Persian literature in Tehran. Her first novel "Between Two Mirrors" was banned from publication by the Iranian Ministry of Culture. Since then, freelance work became increasingly difficult for her, so that the author emigrated to Germany in 2021.
At the Gotha Research Library of the University of Erfurt, the Iranian author now wants to use the holdings of the emigrant letter collection for her current novel project, which is dedicated to the topic of "migration" from the perspective of different ethnicities and nationalities, and thus also focus on migration of past centuries.
With the "Gotha Library Scholarship", the cooperation partners would like to give national as well as international authors the opportunity to come to Gotha once a year for their literary projects and to work with the collections of the Gotha Research Library.