As we learned about the very sad news of the passing of his Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the Austrian National Day celebrations on the 26th of October were cancelled, but the reading of Austrian author Folke Tegetthoff and a silent art exhibition still took place.
Folke Tegetthoff is considered the founder of a new art of storytelling which combines classic elements of fantasy literature with contemporary language and symbolism, and has published 43 books to date. They have been translated into 12 languages and have sold 1.5 million copies. Folke Tegetthoff is the only German-speaking storyteller who has been included in the Sound Archive at the National Library of Congress in Washington.
No other storyteller has such an extensive worldwide list of guest appearances at universities, from Jerusalem to San Francisco to Tokyo.
Folke Tegetthoff has appeared in some 4,000 performances in 40 countries, including Japan, China, Australia, Egypt, Brazil, Russia, USA, Philippines, Fiji Islands and Hawaii.
The author did not read excerpts from his works but talked to the students, told them stories, and then discussed the content with the young audience in the music room. He really met the challenge of addressing the students from our grades 4 - 12 successfully and managed to involve the students and excite them about literature.
Guests could later enjoy delicious specialties served by Austrian parents of our school.
RIS Swiss Section - Deutschsprachige Schule Bangkok was able to host this interesting guest with the help and support of Erich Erber, the founder of BIOMIN and Erber Group and the Austrian parents of our school.