First Language(s): Russian
Second Language(s): English, German
Alla Barsukova was born in Moscow, Russia, and is now based in Hamburg, Germany. She has been teaching English to kids aged from 6 to 18 and loves it more than anything. She is currently working at a state school and writing a fragmentary novel.
What was your favorite book as a child?
Oh, so so many. I was always reading and writing. The first one that comes to my mind is Girls in Love by Jacqueline Wilson. It was such a new and exciting feeling to read about someone like you, being able to relate like never before.
Do you remember the original reason or motivation why you started writing creatively?
I guess I just always loved making up stories. When I was little, the games I enjoyed most were those when I could really invent a small world around my toys. At some point I started writing down my fairy tales, I remember being so surprised about the joy it brought.
What was the most adventurous or thrilling thing you ever did/experienced?
Definitely hitchhiking across Iceland during my honeymoon, that was unforgettable. Very heavy though, I don’t miss the backpacks.
Do you listen to music while reading or writing?
Not every time, only when I’m overwhelmed or can’t focus. Then, I’ve got two options — anything by Florence and the Machine or The Threepenny Opera in German. The two seem to be as far from each other as possible but they make me feel grounded and simultaneously very far from the outer world.
Issue Fall '22