“I feel the attraction towards beauty in all creative pursuits is a common human trait. Van Gogh’s Sunflowers and Monet’s Water Lilies are a source of admiration for a Swiss as well as for an Indian. Yes, some expressions are typical from certain parts of the world, but that is what makes each of us unique.” Zürich based visual artist and writer Brindarica Bose
“A good watercolour should be transparent, subtle and with confident strokes. Watercolours have a spiritual, ethereal aspect to them and I almost feel I am meditating when painting with this medium.” In our Gallery this time, immerse yourself in a magnificent selection of works by Zürich based artist, writer and teacher Brindarica Bose.
“Editing is about viewing your work in a different way, with a kind of distance and as dispassionate an eye as possible. Revision makes you realise how often you repeat yourself, how you have favourite items of vocabulary which you return to over and over again.” Lorna Fergusson: novelist, award-winning short story writer, editor, speaker and writing coach.
“That far-away North Carolina graveyard, bearing the proud Scottish name of Grant, is a testament to immigration (and emigration) and the long twisting tales they engender. An immigrant and emigrant myself, so very far from where I come from, I often ponder the mercurial nature of belonging and the definition of ‘home,’ wherever that may be.” Lindsey Grant
“I first notice the offender’s Jaws t-shirt, what with it being Shark Week on the Discovery Channel, and then his gait. As he zigzags onto the lawn, it occurs to me that, come the telltale popping sound, I could throw myself under this very table.” Part 4 of D.B. Miller’s Dispatches.
Death in Switzerland? Three crime writers talk about why Switzerland makes the perfect setting for a psychological suspense thriller: Louise Mangos, Linda Huber and Alison Baillie.
“On the other hand, if the characters are being invented by me, where exactly are they coming from? How aware am I of that corner inside myself from where the characters came? Am I brave enough to go there?” Jason Donald on the origins of his characters.
“The single most disappointing thing about WorldCon is that you can’t do it all.” Jim Rushing was at Dublin WorldCon, a meeting of minds for genre writers.
“Our origins, so to speak. A brave single-cell organism takes a bold first step towards multicellularity. In a pub, of course.” Barbara Nigg’s latest take on The Woolf’s theme: Origins.
It was only natural that at some point the The Woolf would again team up with the Book Fairies of Switzerland and share in a bit of literary fun! Louise Gooding and company hop on a gondola and hide books for unsuspecting wanderers.
“Dad jogged over to the ball, slammed it with his brand new Adidas, sending it hurtling in Mike’s direction. It smashed into the back of his dark head, driving his face into the brick-colored dirt. The ball bounced off into the main road.” This issue, we share a flash fiction from Laurie Theurer
Save the date for WriteCon 2019: 30th November. This year we have a great line-up of workshops and speakers planned, with 1:1 sessions available for pre-booking with a choice of experienced industry editor.
Making Tracks: Our usual selection of literary goings on in Zürich and beyond this Autumn, September to December.