Making Tracks

Goings-on this Winter in the city of Zürich (and beyond).

Partial image: 02_ORTO_PERP_06_©ph_Ottavio_Montanari_2014

Partial image: 02_ORTO_PERP_06_©ph_Ottavio_Montanari_2014, courtesy Antonio Scarponi

What to see

Kaufleuten literary events include book launches, readings and literature club. Check out who’s coming, and when, here.

Performance poet Kate Tempest is at EXIL on 2 December. Grab a ticket now!

Pictures Punish Words: Don’t miss New Yorker Avery Singer’s work at Kunsthalle in Zürich from 21st November–25th January

What to do

Writers’ Brunch Returns: Come join us at the Restaurant im Viadukt in Zürich on Sunday, 25th January for some warming writerly conversation and all the latest on books, publishing, workshops and storytelling. 10am-midday.

The Woolf’s Spring workshop dates will be 21st and 22nd March.


The theme is Roadmaps for Writers. Details to follow, but mark your diaries—we have an amazing line-up of guest speakers! Keep an eye out on our Eventbrite page. The focus will be on routes to publication, making a living as a writer, support in Switzerland and beyond, plus advice on resources, service providers, markets for your work and finding your tribe. Save the Dates!

Time Out—in Switzerland: All the hot arts events (and the rest) at your fingertips.

What to read

Here’s a good round-up of Literary Zürich by Helen Rutley in New Books in German. Go literary exploring via Swiss Literature.

Bookclub at the Bookshop: Love talking books with other readers? Come along to The English Bookshop on Thursday, 29th January. Book to be confirmed: any suggestions? Contact Jill.

Swiss Cultural Magazine: Have you subscribed (free) to Passages? This magazine is packed with information about the Swiss cultural scene and will plop into your mailbox in your language of choice, twice a year. An absolute must.


Word of Mouth (novel competition): First time ‘fresh voice’ competition organised by literary agents Conville & Walsh. Deadline: 31st January. (Well, what else had you got planned between now and then?)

The Reader Berlin (short story): Theme is ‘Berlin’ – eternal city of a thousand faces. You may interpret this theme as broadly or as narrowly as you like. Enter here. Deadline: 31st December.

What’s On in the Geneva area

Geneva Writers’ Group—monthly workshops:

Dec. 13, Writing Toward Wholeness (Susan Tiberghien)
Jan. 17-18 Plays/Scripts (Guest Instructor Marsha Norman, Juilliard, NYC)
Feb. 21-22 Meet the Agents and Editors.


Roderick Vincent and Daniela Norris have new books coming out on 28th November. Roderick’s dystopian thriller The Cause and Daniela’s collection of spiritual short stories titled Collecting Feathers: tales from The Other Side. 12th December from 17.00-19.00 at Payot Chantepoulet.

The launch of Holding Out for a Hero by Lesley Lawson Botez will take place at the Hotel Metropole Geneva, 34 Quai Général Guisan, on 27th January. Cocktails at 18.30 followed by a talk on the challenges of meeting a partner as an expat, organized by the American International Club as part of its Professional Programme.

Author: J.J. Marsh

Writer of The Beatrice Stubbs series, founder member of Triskele Books, columnist for Words with JAM magazine, co-curator of The Woolf magazine, Bookmuse reviewer, blogger and Tweeter. @JJMarsh1

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