“Being an outsider makes it easier to discover things that might go unnoticed by locals. I never really enjoyed taking photos in Switzerland, since everything seems too familiar. However, a danger of misrepresentation lies within this: As an outsider we tend to stress what is different instead of what is similar, therefore creating a bigger gap than there actually is.” —Photographer and documentary maker Ana Amigo
“… singling out a first-, second-, and third-place winner is a little heartbreaking. Each story owns its own universe and concerns.” A word from our Short Story Competition judge, Anne Korkeakivi.
“Miniature glaciers crowd together on the path and I find myself waiting to see if they’ll start to melt, before I remember they’re actually glass.” Read Kate Paine’s winning short story.
“I wake and pick. I scratch and claw and I bleed. Every morning, every day, always.” Read runner-up J. Rushing’s story.
“A punch to the gut. Impossible to breathe. No physical impact, yet searing pain. Words, a confluence of thoughts, a convergence of letters that beg to be unscrambled, turned back into their secret gibberish. Instead, she insists, “I’m not scared of it, Mom,” she says, her voice strong.” Read K.C. Allen’s story, third place in our short story competition.
Be transported by the colour and movement of Zürich based photographer and documentary maker Ana Amigo, our featured artist in this Raw issue.
“Writing causes all the feels, oh yes. If creativity takes the shape of a parabola, weaving its highs and lows, keeping the creator coming back for one more success, parenting is without shape or limit.” Lindsey Grant tackles this age-old motherhood conundrum. And decides to keep her pants on.
A round-up of literary events in Zürich and beyond this Spring. Compiled by Liam Klenk ONGOING EVENTS Zürich | Bürkliplatz boat station Next meet-ups: 18 March, 22 April, 27 May, 24 June | 13:15 Writers on Board meets one Sunday a month to take the 13:30 round-trip ferry to Rapperswil (return into Zürich: 17:25). For more information about the program, contact email@example.com Zürich | Zümikon New dates TBD Writing from the Soul...
“Those walls and rooms, the fields under that bright spread of sky, contained me in my earliest years. A family house is one of your guardians. As a quiet, imaginative child, I had spent as much time alone with it, on my inward paths, as I had with its people. I had a relationship with it in its own right.” Novelist and ghostwriter Roz Morris opens a window onto the decaying life within her childhood home.
“With cats and kiddo underfoot, all creatures and their respective habitats cannot stay entirely separate at all times, but this current configuration feels sustainable, allowing for (mostly) peaceful cohabitation. I like to think this is what the Swiss are after, too.” U.S. author Lindsey Grant’s view on Trump’s America, and what a permanent residency in Switzerland can mean.