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reading with Oliver David

Olivier David, writer and columnist, reads from his autobiographical book “No rise story. “Why poverty makes you mentally ill.”


The author (35) grew up in Hamburg as the son of a single mother and experienced a childhood in poverty because his mother was mentally unstable, could hardly work and his father did not pay maintenance. Olivier fell into a spiral of shame and violence, dropped out of school and drank every day. Eventually, however, he began to fight for his goals and to come to terms with where the depression and panic attacks that accompanied him for years came from. He impressively describes the difficult life situation of a single mother and her children and the connection between violence, poverty and great psychological stress.

On the occasion of the International Day of Single Parents, the Marzahn-Hellersdorf Contact and Coordination Center for Single Parents, in cooperation with the Marzahn-Hellersdorf Coordination Center for Democracy Development and the “Mark Twain” District Central Library, is organizing the book reading followed by a public discussion. Among other things, it discusses why single parents in Germany still have one of the highest risks of poverty and what consequences this can have on their mental health. Important information about the event: admission free Pre-registration is desirable, but not mandatory Childcare on site is possible. Register by email stating the child's age.

Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2024 Time: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m

Location: “Mark Twain” District Central Library, Marzahner Promenade 54/55, Berlin-Marzahn

About the author: Olivier David, 35, is a writer and columnist. His debut “No Rise Story” was published by Eden Books in 2022. Olivier writes the columns “Class Reunion” (nd) and “David vs. Goliath” (The Lamb), in which he focuses on inequality and how to overcome it. His second book “From the Nameless Crowd – About Class, Anger and Loneliness” will be published in April.

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