In Conversation: Trevor Guthrie
Aug31

In Conversation: Trevor Guthrie

“These things come from childhood nightmares, and they come from poetry, from the demons and spirits whispering in your ear, from the memory of birth, from early Renaissance painting, from drunken madness, from music and from the scent of fuchsias.” Zürich based visual artist Trevor Guthrie.

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In Conversation: Uli Beutter Cohen  
Aug31

In Conversation: Uli Beutter Cohen  

“When you read a book, of course it’s a portal to the lives of the characters, but it’s also a portal to your own life. A book is an expression that we want to belong.” D.B. Miller talks with Uli Beutter Cohen about books, New York subway behaviour and belonging.

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In Conversation: Jeremy Bouma
Aug31

In Conversation: Jeremy Bouma

“I’ve discovered offering different paths of engagement with ideas is simply a good way to be human. Even the best political movements—both the uplifting and not so uplifting—were driven by a narrative, by story.” Fiction writer Jeremy Bouma.

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In Conversation: Anne Wheaton
Aug31

In Conversation: Anne Wheaton

Anne Wheaton is a champion of kindness. She cares passionately about rescuing pets and helping fellow humans. After 17 years as a hairdresser, she decided to focus all her time on her true passions. The Woolf’s Susan Platt crossed the digital divide to talk to the author and rescue animal advocate about books, pigs, pugs, cats, dogs and Comic Con.

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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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In Conversation: Vaughan James
Jun01

In Conversation: Vaughan James

“Creating awareness of water makes people aware of the truly valuable things in this world. It also makes us question our future and the very future of the planet, itself.” Zürich-based photographer Vaughan James on one of his mighty passions: water.

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In Conversation: Ellie Gooding
Jun01

In Conversation: Ellie Gooding

Move over tooth fairies! There’s a new kind of pixie about and it is taking the world by storm: The Book Fairies, a worldwide network of book lovers who leave free books in public for other people to find. Eleanor Gooding is Switzerland’s first official Book Fairy and she’s on the hunt for new recruits.

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The Voyage Out: The Book Fairy
Jun01

The Voyage Out: The Book Fairy

““There,” she points to the sculpture at the top of the opera house steps, and grins. A perfect hiding spot. She skips up the steps and turns. Adult or kids’ book, what do you think?” She looks up at me, arms outstretched, a book wrapped in ribbons in each hand.” Ellie Gooding, Zürich’s Book Fairy, shows Susan Platt how it’s done.

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In Conversation: Ana Amigo
Feb28

In Conversation: Ana Amigo

“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

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In Conversation: Rosie Goldsmith
Feb28

In Conversation: Rosie Goldsmith

“Why is Switzerland such fertile ground for storytellers?” J.J. Marsh talks to Rosie Goldsmith about Literally Swiss, a ‘cabaret of Swiss writers’ event in London.

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In Conversation: Crazy Maple Studio
Feb28

In Conversation: Crazy Maple Studio

“We often get emails from people who tell us that they really do not enjoy reading, but playing the game made them want to read the actual book. So, the app helps people discover or rediscover their love of the written word.” Susan Platt met the San Francisco-based Crazy Maple team to talk about how a raw story is turned into an interactive experience.

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In Conversation: Undine Groeger
Dec01

In Conversation: Undine Groeger

“My mission is to reconcile the past in the present through the power of photography.” Visual artist Undine Groeger talks walls, belonging, national identity and art.

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In Conversation: Frank Ahearn
Dec01

In Conversation: Frank Ahearn

“D-Day is the day the client disappears. I discreetly get them out of the home city, making sure no one has followed us.” The mysterious Frank Ahearn, who can make you disappear.

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In Conversation: David Penny
Sep01

In Conversation: David Penny

“I think part of the current love affair with history is down to the world we live in now. Our lives are fast, instant, and you are never out of touch. Transport flies us around the globe in hours, communication is constant, and news stories all come at us faster than we can consume them. Speed and instant gratification have become our holy grail.” David Penny speaks with J.J. Marsh.

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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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In Conversation: Alena Sevastsyanava
Jun09

In Conversation: Alena Sevastsyanava

“… 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.

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In Conversation: Steve Wheen
Mar03

In Conversation: Steve Wheen

Steve Wheen, multimedia storyteller, talks to the Woolf about the impact of creating tiny storyworlds, the power of imagining, his miniature gardens and his work as The Pothole Gardener, a project that transforms ‘crappy to happy’.

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In Conversation: Murielle Doré
Nov28

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.

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In Conversation: Paul Neale
Jun03

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.

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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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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: Jessica Bell
Mar05

In Conversation: Jessica Bell

Australian Athens-based writer, editor, designer and musician Jessica Bell walks us through a deeply chameleonic life of words, music and images.

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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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In Conversation: Craig Kirkwood
Mar05

In Conversation: Craig Kirkwood

From Bondi Beach to the remote Welsh hills, visual artist and entrepreneur Craig Kirkwood discusses his yearning for something lasting and how it led to his recent publication, Aber: a pictorial homage to the Welsh town of Aberystwyth.

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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 Conversation: Kaye Llewelyn
Dec04

In Conversation: Kaye Llewelyn

Zürich-based artist Kaye Llewelyn dives into the story behind the making of her picture book, Pocket Money … on serendipity, fluidity, opportunity … and no words.

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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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In Conversation: Samuel Schwarz
Jun02

In Conversation: Samuel Schwarz

Zürich writer, producer and director Samuel Schwarz on the feature film and Alternate Reality Games of Polder, the largest transmedia storytelling project to come out of Switzerland;

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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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Creativity in Tandem: How I Became a Co-author
Feb27

Creativity in Tandem: How I Became a Co-author

Creativity in Tandem: Pete Morin and Susanne O’Leary are co-authors who’ve never met.

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