Recent Posts From 2016 Winter: Beginnings

In Conversation: Murielle Doré

“Calligraphy is a way to press the ‘pause’ button, and go back to this comforting feeling of holding a pen in your hands.” Calligrapher Murielle Doré on calligraphy as meditation, and the relevance of pen and ink in the digital world.

Notes from the Unexpected: A call to art at Cabaret Voltaire

D.B. Miller on what a new century means for Cabaret Voltaire—and the rest of us—in the latest chapter of Notes from the Unexpected.

Gallery: Beginnings

Murielle Doré is our featured artist: calligrapher, knitter, teacher of the art.

On Virginia Woolf, Orell Füssli’s The Bookshop, and beginnings

“There’s something interesting about a story that circles—however tightly, however loosely. This is the story that (like most others) is anchored from the start of its telling in a place and an action. It’s an action that is borne of friction: in the world, between characters, or internally.” Libby O’Loghlin on diving deep, and surfacing at the beginning.

Something Good

“As much credit as I give the Von Trapp family and all their musical life-coaching, this notion, ‘Nothing comes from nothing’, was around long before Maria and the Captain were serenading each other on the subject.” Lindsey Grant on writing, and starting at the very beginning.

Tales from the Pit: #1

“This is punk. This is what it’s for. A woman half my age is my teacher. And she didn’t come here to dance.” D.B. Miller faces off the Petrol Girls and Dead Kennedys in her new series.

Spoken Word: Beginnings by Claire Doble

“Get out on the highway! Rouse the rabble, have a dabble. Who am I … to start something?” Zürich-based poet Claire Doble responds to the theme of ‘Beginnings’ with a spoken-word poem.

Less in Ordinary Time

“Cowbells have a constancy, yet they are arrhythmic, a subtle protest against the Swiss clockwork of the cities. It’s a mindful cue to ‘think less in ordinary time’ of lockstep and paced life, of hours and minutes, appointments and regularities.” Caitlin Krause pens a dreamscape that brings us back to the beginnings of time—and ourselves.

Autumn WriteCon: A round-up

“Have you thought about how suspense is created in a book? Or why you become engaged and care about the characters? These are things an author controls and creates quite intentionally.” Catherine Szentkuti and Meredith Wadley-Suter give a round-up of the Fiction and Memoir/Non-Fiction workshops from this Autumn’s WriteCon.

Making Tracks

Literary goings-on in Zürich and beyond this winter.

  • Galleries

Gallery: Beginnings

Murielle Doré is our featured artist: calligrapher, knitter, teacher of the art.

Gallery: Borders

We are honoured to showcase a selection of visual artist Paul Neale’s rich, cross-media works in our summer edition Gallery.

Gallery: Down the Rabbit Hole

Australian visual artist Craig Kirkwood shares a selection of images from his homage to the Welsh town of Aberystwyth, in this issue’s Gallery.

  • In Conversation

In Conversation: Murielle Doré

“Calligraphy is a way to press the ‘pause’ button, and go back to this comforting feeling of holding a pen in your hands.” Calligrapher Murielle Doré on calligraphy as meditation, and the relevance of pen and ink in the digital world.

In Conversation: Paul Neale

Paul Neale, contemporary artist, discusses red lines and coded environments, fractured figures and distorted bodies, and how pre-existing imagery adds texture to perception.

In Conversation: Padraig Rooney

Switzerland-based Irish poet Padraig Rooney expands on the themes behind The Gilded Chalet, talking con-men and le Carré and the coherence of disparate times.