... when Cornelia was a child, she started playing the piano? At least she had practised for a year before she gave up on it. It was not because of lack of talent. It was because the piano was standing at her grandmother's home. Cornelia had to walk about half an hour to get there. "So my enthusiasm died down quickly. Today I can not even play two successive notes." Later on she took lessons in classical guitar. She never mastered the instrument, for, as she admits, it requires an incredible amount of discipline she could not keep. But while writing or revising her stories she is listening to classical guitar quite often. The drawing, by the way, is by Cornelia's uncle Wolfgang Schmitz. It shows Cornelia sitting at the piano.
Cornelia's new instagram account
Tuesday, 27 August, 2019
From today you find a little instagram logo at the bottom of our welcome page.
It will take you right to Cornelia's instagram gallery.
In July, Bloomsbury London will bring out Pan's Labyrinth , a novel written by Cornelia, inspired by Guillermo del Toro's Academy Award-winning fantasy film. The German edition Das Labyrinth des Fauns will be published contemporaneously.
What do you think of the covers?
Cornelia's To-Do-List: February
* Continue work on Dragon Rider 3
* Illustrations for "Die Brücke" (The Bridge), a story about death, which I wrote for children's hospices.
... and all you, who travel with me and wings made from printed pages. I wish you all a 2019 that brings both peace and adventure, a few new ideas, new and old friends and a few seeds you'll plant to make this world a bit nicer.
With very best wishes, still covered in ash, from Malibu, Cornelia
HAPPY NEW YEAR
WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO SHARING A NEW BARN YEAR WITH YOU ALL
Cornelia, Bashar, Chus, Insa, and Guesty wish you a beautiful time with your family and friends
Just One More Sleep Til Christmas...
Christmas is coming...
Saturday, 22 December, 2018
So…… does your kitchen already smell like clove, cinnamon and cardamom? And are the elk and snowman biscuit cutters already knocking in the drawer, calling: "Come on! Let us out! It's baking time!" Or are you one of those who do not like sticky fingers and therefore stock up on gingerbread, snickerdoodles and sand tarts at the supermarket? Pfeffernussen, shortbread, iced hermits, coconut macaroons…. dear me, i have to stop this. Guesty is nervously bustling around in the Barn, looking for all those treats...
Only 4 days ...
Thursday, 20 December, 2018
... until Christmas.
Have you ever seen a Hedgehog Claus before?
Xmas-mood without the Grinch, Scrooge, and Lord Fauntleroy
Some winter story recommendations (you may not know yet) for you to curl up with by the fire or on the sofa.
for all those warm-hearted birthday wishes, and for the fantastic birthday dragons
It made my day
Warmest wishes from California!
Only 12 days ...
Thursday, 13 December, 2018
... until Christmas. If Cornelia's Xmas reindeer could grant you one wish, what would you wish for? Maybe you'd like to reveal it to us: email@example.com
Candle number two is lit
Happy Second Sunday of Advent. Knead the dough, get a steamy mug of hot chocolate, crawl under the blanket, and listen to "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (that is Guesty's favourite one ).
Happy St Nicholas Day
I know, most of you celebrate it on the 4th of December, but here in Germany St. Nicholas fills the children's boots with gifts and sweets in the night of 5 December. We put one of Cornelia's Christmas baubles into the "Barn boot". Cornelia loves to collect tree ornaments for her Driftwood Xmas Tree. This one she brought from England. The Christmas mouse could well have jumped out of the pages of "The Wind in the Willows".
Cornelia's To-Do-List: December
* feeding ducks and donkeys
* answering Emails
* drawing a chicken
HAPPY FIRST CANDLE
Have a cosy first Sunday of Advent.
From today, you will regularly find something here in the Barn Times to get into a Holiday Season Mood.
Nestle down on the sofa and have some cookies
Just to give you an idea...
Here are some videos Cornelia's gardener Alfonso sent us. They show Alfonso and his men while valiantly protecting Cornelia's animals and her farm from the Woolsey fire.
Jake, Tabby and I are still in exile in Venice, close to my son's house. We hope, that power will be restored in my street by tomorrow and that our part of Malibu will be opened for residents. I know, the donkeys and ducks are fine. Roberto, a friend of Alfonso Fuentes, my magical gardener, looks after them and my wonderful neighbors Larry and Laurel Thorne check on them too from time to time.
I went to the open part of Malibu today so Jake and Tabby could run on the beach. So much seems unchanged, but then suddenly there is a burned slope covered with the skeletons of torched trees. I will be grateful for every tree that is still alive on my land.
Love from Venice! Cornelia
Rerelease of Angel Heart
On 7 December 2018, the classical music label Pentatone publishes the first international edition of Angel Heart. Originally released in 2013, Angel Heart is a music storybook narrated by Jeremy Irons with an original story by Cornelia and music by Luna Pearl Woolf. Learn more at angelheartmusicstorybook.com
California fire: Cornelia evacuated her farm...
Monday, 12 November, 2018
... and sent a message from Venice Beach to all of you. Read what she tells of what she experienced the past few days...
Smoke from Woolsey Fire fills sky above my farm in Malibu...
The Barn Brain
Wednesday, 7 November, 2018
Don't worry, Cornelia did not switch genres and dedicated herself to writing horror fiction or dark fantasy And Guesty is alive and kicking, too That new "decorative object" (have you already spotted it? That old school television) represents our new quiz section. From today you can test your knowledge of Cornelia's books. Guess, which book is first? There are more to come. We hope you have just as much fun as we had making it.
There are five cellists practising at my avocado farm this morning. Students from Toronto, who are doing a workshop here with Matt Haimovitz, as part of my Rim of Heaven projects. I wish you could hear them!
Did you know that ...
... in the first versions of Reckless it was not a mirror but a wooden door leading to the other world? When Cornelia started to write Reckless she, too, had the strange feeling of stepping through some kind of door. I can't help having the impression that behind that door I have discovered the world of someone else, and now I am writing about that very world, she said while reworking one of the earliest manuscripts. When writing down Jacob's story it almost was the same for her as for her hero: finding the way to another world. Later the symbol of the wooden door being the entrance to the fairytale world was replaced by the dark mirror.
WILLKOMMEN, WELCOME, BIENVENIDOS...
... IN DER SCHEUNE, TO THE BARN, AL GRANERO!
Cornelia's To-Do-List: September
Third revision Reckless 4
Preparing new picture book: The Bridge
Research for Dragon Rider 3
Working with Matt Haimovitz on cello story and preparations for September concert
The Griffin's Feather - the audiobook
Tuesday, 21 August, 2018
The next Dragon Rider adventure for your ears. Cornelia's own audiobook production company, Atmende Buecher has recorded the audiobook of "The Griffin’s Feather" and released it as the company’s first ever English-language release.
The sequel of Dragon Rider
Wednesday, 1 August, 2018
The Griffin's Feather is now also available in US bookstores. It is out in Hardcover and for Kindle on July 31, 2018 from Scholastic imprint Chicken House.
Cornelia and the Sea Lions
Friday, 6 July, 2018
My foundation RIM OF HEAVEN has been supporting the California Wildlife Center since May. The pictures show you how they invited me to release one of two sea lions, which had received all the necessary treatment and care in the center, back to the wild.
I also watched while they an injured hawk was taught to fly again and how elephants seals returned to the ocean.
They are, by the way, much more hesitant to do so than the sea lions are.
Dragon Rider - The Opera
Saturday, 23 June, 2018
On 22 June, the Luebeck Theatre presented the world premiere of the opera adaptation of Cornelia’s Dragon Rider story. The company received standing ovations and we have beautiful photos for you...
The Wild Chicks are about to "land" in the United States
Wednesday, 4 April, 2018
Breathing Books will republish Cornelia's entire Wild Chicks series. The books about the adventures of a gang of five girls and their sometimes more, sometimes less adverse boys' gang - the Piranhas, are very, very popular in Germany. The first two of the series - The Wild Chicks and The Wild Chicks: Class Trip - will come out in the US in May 2018.
Cornelia's To-Do-List: March/April
* Edit Pan’s Labyrinth
* Final edit of 'The Glass of Lead and Gold'
* Illustrations for 'The Glass of Lead and Gold'
* Comments for the fairy tales collection of Pushkin Press
A Parcel from the Jane Goodall Institute Germany
Wednesday, 7 March, 2018
In preparation for our upcoming conservation area on Cornelia's website, we contacted the Jane Goodall Institute Germany, because we would like to introduce Jane's impressive life and work to you. Look what they sent us...
In 2017, the Department of German at the National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology adapted "Inkheart" for the stage. Go to our film/theatre section, where you will find the video and more pictures of the stage premiere.
It's fabulously entertaining to listen to the wild parrots that live in my trees, while having breakfast on the porch of my new house and doing research for the next Dragonrider adventure.
Dragon cake for the queuers
Wednesday, 19 July, 2017
Within the scope of the exhibition Cornelia Funke. Zauberwelten at the Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Cornelia gave a reading from her book "Dragon Rider". We took some happy photos of little Cornelia Funke book lovers at the following book signing. Enjoy...
Hello everyone, the brush and the paints are taking over. Still writing a lot but now the words have serious competition. And are inspired by the paintings. Here are some that didn't go to the Karlsruhe exhibit as the paint was still wet. Some may make their appearance in the next Reckless book.
Breathing Books Club
Tuesday, 7 February, 2017
Cornelia's publishing company has a "Breathing Books Club" in the works - they will be using a private Facebook group to gather fans and read Cornelia's books together, starting with the Reckless series. Since so many of her fans re-read her novels, they thought that would be a fun way to get some of them engaged with each other. The plan is to read a few chapters a week, to post "quizzes" with prizes for the winners, and to include other fun tidbits. Please message Breathing Books on Facebook if you are interested.
6 February, 2017
Love from Malibu, where the rains continue and the mountains are green for the first time in four years. Let’s take it as a sign of hope in these troubled times! Cornelia
Happy Holidays from Malibu! As you see my Treehouse is filled with writing, paint and Christmas things.
Firedrake on stage
Tuesday, 15 November, 2016
The German Wuppertal Theatre for Young Audiences presents a fabulous pre Xmas stage adaptation of Cornelia's story "Dragon Rider". For more information, go to our Film and Theatre shelf.
Knitted Underwater Heroes
Tuesday, 11 October, 2016
In May 2017, Cornelia's underwater adventure story "Lilli and Fin are swimming to America" will be published by RandomHouseKids. Next to Cornelia's original illustrations, the book will include pictures of some charming knitted dolls by Rabbit Hole Knits designer Sara Elizabeth Kellner.
Saturday afternoon at my TreeHouse in Serra Canyon. (I call it that, but it's not really a treehouse, sadly). Working on "The Labyrinth of the Faun", the project I do for Guillermo Del Toro. The chalk on the table is often used by my younger visitors to draw on the porch wood.
23 September, 2016
Hi everyone, I currently don't have much time for writing as I am still unpacking books at my new home in Malibu and - am looking at land in the mountains to finally start my wilderness sanctuary. More about that as soon as I found it! Love from Serra Canyon, Cornelia
New home, new website
Saturday, 17 September, 2016
The website received a new polish at just the right time. This summer I moved from Los Angeles to Malibu. I have never been a city person. I missed the wild despite my wild garden, the wide horizons, the silence... As my son Ben said, when he saw my new home: "Now your whole house is your writing house, Mum." It is.
And I have space to paint on big canvases (listening to loud music) and a choir of dogs and coyotes echoing through the canyon that I now call home. I see the Pacific ocean on my left and the mountains on the right. I hear horses walking by from time to time and the number of cars passing my house during the day is seldom more than the number of fingers on my hands. I have a drummer amongst my neighbors who is very good, and at sunset bats are fluttering around my house. Let’s see whether you’ll soon taste all that in my stories.
O yes, I can walk to the Lagoon, and apart from my very nice human neighbors, I have pelicans, cormorants, seals and dolphins for company.
Greetings from the house among the trees, Cornelia
16 September, 2016
Here you'll sometimes find short messages or photos, that show what I am up to. If there is nothing new for a while, you can always blame that on a new story. Love from LA, Cornelia
In Cornelia's book "The Thief Lord", thirteen-year-old Scipio is desperate to ride the magical merry-go-round to grow older. If you had the chance to take a ride as well, if you could be a grown-up for just one day, what would you do?
"Suse Federschmid, feltmaker, Giantling Alley, Schwanstein": A letter sent to this address will be returned, but a feltmaker bearing the name Federschmid ... reads quite like a resident of MirrorWorld.