“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.
Photographer Undine Groeger is our featured visual artist. She shares with us images from her Travelling Exhibition: Within My Walls and Beyond.
“… the dark night of the soul, the pitfalls of piracy and how to craft efficient Facebook ads.” Sabine Sur on WriteCon Zürich’s workshop with David Penny. Claire Doble shares tips from Diccon Bewes’s ‘Big Idea to Bestseller’ Workshop: “News flash: there are no quick wins. There are no shortcuts. This is an industry where it may take up to 12 months for your book to appear on shelves post-completion.”
“Sometimes we humans are compelled to create a context for ourselves so our passions can thrive, and one wonders if Feller’s business endeavours—exploring the relatively new world of lighting and electrical solutions—were his way of doing just that.” Adolf Feller: a man whose propensity for connectivity led him to build one of the world’s largest collection of postcards.
“The novel flowed out of me like the current of the Limmat, and it was just as refreshing. I pushed against you, Switzerland, and because you refused to yield, I was forced into motion. Energy has to go somewhere.” Jo Furniss pens a letter to her ex: Switzerland.
“I am supposed to be the custodian of my child’s development, yet linguistically, she will soon surpass me. With regards to understanding, fluency, and ability to assimilate, the student will become the teacher.” Lindsey Grant wrangles a toddler who’s learning about her world in several languages.
“Sometimes he wondered how it all worked, how one day flowed into the next, how the money kept coming in, why the train station was always so clean, but resolved that it was best not to ask …” A short story from local Swiss writer, Alex Hintermann.
Take a stroll through the annals of Switzerland’s history: a selection of Adolf Feller’s postcards from the 54,000-strong collection that is now housed in the ETH online archive.
“… such a concentration of saturated colours: those alpine meadows with their variety of greens, bright wild flowers, graphite rocky peaks, cerulean blue glaciers.” Zürich-based watercolourist and illustrator Alena Sevastsyanava on seeing the Alps for the first time.