Friends of the Museum

The Association runs the museum and is responsible for initiating, organising and hosting readings, contests, projects, exhibitions as well as workshops for children and teens. This makes it the most important hub for literature and a key element of cultural life in Dresden. The Association promotes quality national and international contemporary literature and presents new book releases and literary (re-)discoveries with its program.

The Association also regularly organises intercultural literature events, for example presenting the Dresdner Lyrikpreis. The Association is made up of people with an interest in culture, young talents and active authors of varying ages, and gives them an open space to exchange ideas and thoughts freely.


Managing board:


Ruairí O'Brien (Architect)

Michael G. Fritz (Author)

Hartmut Mangold (Lawyer)

Petra Qadan Lliterary scholar)




Walter Henckel (TPZ Dresden e.V.)

Lars Joachim (Tourism manager)

Isabel Liebig (Literary scholar)

Andrea O'Brien (Modern Linguist)

Sylvia Schnabel (Literary scholar)

Unabhängige Schriftsteller Assoziation e.V.




Become a member

You can support our literary work as a member of the association ‘Das Erich Kästner Haus für Literatur e.V.’. By contributing and donating, you help us purchase of exhibits for the museum, collect specialist literature and host events and publications.

Membership gives you several advantages, like discounts in the museum shop and reduced admission fees for both the museum and events like readings or talks. Members also benefit from particularly favourable rental rates for our rooms

You can choose to earmark your donation for a specific purpose. Donations are tax-deductible. We will provide you with a receipt on request.

The annual membership fee is €60 and is payable on the 1 February to the account of the Erich Kästner Haus für Literatur. Students and pupils pay an annual fee of €15. The membership can be cancelled at the end of each year with is 4 weeks’ notice.

Application (German)

Thank you for your support!

Gift a membership

Gift culture!

By gifting a membership you not only support us, you also have a very special present for your family and friends. Just fill out the membership application and we send the documents to either you or the person to whom you have gifted the membership.

Membership statutes

You can find the current membership statutes here (German).