“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.
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.