In Conversation: Elizabeth Boquet
Jun01

In Conversation: Elizabeth Boquet

“… ‘high and mighty’ could refer to the mysterious source of poetry. In my case, I have no idea where it comes from, or when it ‘might’ show up. I imagine it floating around up ‘high’ somewhere, looking for a safe place to land. My role, as a poet, is to remain aware and available, ready to write should it choose to come to me.” Switzerland-based poet Elizabeth Boquet.

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What if your book is the child of two genres?
Jun01

What if your book is the child of two genres?

“What happens when a book is the child of two different genres? Three? How do the authors of this cross-genre fiction get their books into our hot little hands when shelf placement becomes anything but straightforward?” Jim Rushing asks a selection of writers.

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In search of Princess Toadstool
Jun01

In search of Princess Toadstool

“With each advancement, the stakes get higher and the problems and their solutions more complicated. The pitfalls are greater in number and better hidden, the enemies ever increasingly clever and indomitable. The things I don’t know far outnumber the things I do.” Author Lindsey Grant on gaming Life as a parent and an American expatriate living in Switzerland.

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2017 Short Story Competition: Judge’s Report
Feb28

2017 Short Story Competition: Judge’s Report

“… 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.

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2017 Short Story Winner
Feb28

2017 Short Story Winner

“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.

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2017 Short Story Second Place
Feb28

2017 Short Story Second Place

“I wake and pick. I scratch and claw and I bleed. Every morning, every day, always.” Read runner-up J. Rushing’s story.

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2017 Short Story Third Place
Feb28

2017 Short Story Third Place

“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.

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Quiet, clothed
Feb28

Quiet, clothed

“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.

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Writers Resist: Because we need to
Feb28

Writers Resist: Because we need to

“That night […] as some of ‘our’ refugees were coming to the Austrian border, we heard that Germany was closing the border to Austria. This was the beginning of the end of Schengen, Europe and everything we had hoped for as young students studying European law. What have we achieved since that night? What has split the world into two camps of supporters and opponents? What triggered all that hate? And why did I close my heart again after it had been ripped open so badly?” —Angie Weinberger

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Love Letter to Switzerland
Sep01

Love Letter to Switzerland

“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.

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‘C’ is for Cookie
Sep01

‘C’ is for Cookie

“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.

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Short Story: The Photo Shop
Sep01

Short Story: The Photo Shop

“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.

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In Conversation: Anne Korkeakivi
Jun09

In Conversation: Anne Korkeakivi

“I want to understand human beings, what makes them who they are and why they do the things they do. Before I put pen to paper, I spend a long time getting to know my characters.” Geneva-based author Anne Korkeakivi on novels and writing style, the question of identity, cultural adaptation and withstanding the waves of contemporary politics.

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On Virginia Woolf, Orell Füssli’s The Bookshop, and beginnings
Nov28

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.

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Something Good
Nov28

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.

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Autumn WriteCon: A round-up
Nov28

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.

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In Conversation: Padraig Rooney
Jun03

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.

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Geneva Writers’ Conference
Jun03

Geneva Writers’ Conference

Short stories, snagging agents, indie publishing and marshmallows … novelist Olivia Wildenstein shares her learnings from this year’s Geneva Writers Conference.

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In Conversation: Liam Klenk   
May23

In Conversation: Liam Klenk  

Zürich-based writer Liam Klenk is in conversation with Susan Platt: his nomadic life, his journey over gender boundaries and the importance of fluidity to a Paralian.

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In Conversation: Daniel Pieracci
Mar05

In Conversation: Daniel Pieracci

Black comedy, LA-style: organised crime, enchiladas and fruit juice. Zürich-based Daniel Pieracci talks about how NanoWriMo led to his debut novel, Take Your Shot.

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Explorations in a parallel cultural universe
Mar05

Explorations in a parallel cultural universe

In Explorations in a Parallel Cultural Universe, Berlin-based Chris Corbett digs down into the after-dark, dying art of book touring to promote his first novel.

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SWAGLit
Mar05

SWAGLit

Jo Furniss, member of our writerly pack, is leaving prints of her own all over Singapore, as she co-founds SWAGLit, Singapore’s newest litmag for writers.

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In Conversation: Jacquette M. Timmons
Dec04

In Conversation: Jacquette M. Timmons

Author and Wall Street based financial behaviourist Jacquette M. Timmons talks about how our stories—our past, our context, our attitudes—affect our relationship and our actions with money.

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In response: Money
Nov29

In response: Money

Zürich-based poet and journalist Claire Doble wrestles with what it means to have money while living in one of the richest countries in the world …

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In Conversation: Juliana Barbassa
Aug28

In Conversation: Juliana Barbassa

Award-winning journalist and author Juliana Barbassa talks about writing to understand displacement, Joan Didion, and the experience of relocating to Rio, Brazil, a city in crisis.

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It’s Much More Important Than That
Aug28

It’s Much More Important Than That

In a short work of fiction, author Paul Knott contemplates the meaning of home through the eyes of an asylum-seeker.

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Glass, Concrete and Stone
Aug28

Glass, Concrete and Stone

JJ Marsh ponders displacement, memory, and the emotional importance of place.

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Writing at the Castle
Aug28

Writing at the Castle

Switzerland-based novelist Louise Mangos relives long, hot summer days in the south of France … and discusses the benefits of being displaced at a writing retreat.

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Bringing Legend to Life
Jun02

Bringing Legend to Life

Historical fiction writer JD Smith on Tristan and Iseult, and the challenges and rewards of adapting myths and legends for the page;

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In Conversation: Andrew Crofts
Feb27

In Conversation: Andrew Crofts

“Is this person interesting enough for me to want to spend several months inside their head?” Andrew Crofts talks about Ghostwriting, and the strange symbiosis of writing someone else’s story.

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