- Livia Varju had a paracrostic poem, “We Want Peace Now”, dedicated to the people of Syria, in the Spring issue of Phoenix New Life Poetry.
- Patty Jehle’s article “Photographic Unfolding and Prayer” has been selected to be published in the May issue of Connections. Connections is the online journal for Spiritual Directors International.
- Pamela Taylor, AKA Taylor Jennings, won a Bronze Solas award, Travelers Tales 2013 in the Adventure Travel category for “On the Trail of a Man Called Snake”, about the hunt for the Kosovar war commander who later became the President of newly independent Kosovo: http://www.besttravelwriting.com/award-winners-2013/.
- Burying the Typewriter was just put on the longlist for the Geroge Orwell Prize for political writing. The prize is one of most prestigious in England, and is awarded every year for the book that comes closest to George Orwell’s desire to ‘turn politcal writing into an art’.
- Catherine Janzen’s article, “Becoming an Ex-Expat: Getting Moved,” was published in the January 2013 issue of Intercom: The Magazine of The Society for Technical Communication, which, in this special themed issue, focuses on global technical communication.
MODERN EKPHRASIS, by Emily Bilman, traces the evolution of ekphrasis from Plato to Derrida by analysing modern poems by Sylvia Plath, WC Williams, Nemerov, Ashbery and paintings by de Chirico, Charles Demuth, Paul Klee, Frank Stella in the light of the major contemporary theories of creativity.
ISBN 978-3-0343-1363-6 Orders at Peter Lang Academic Publishers, Bern, Switzerland.
- Bill Lloyd has a memoir “The Interview” published by the weekly ‘Ireland’s Own’ magazine, issue dated 08 March 2013.
- Debra Moffitt’s two books – “Garden of Bliss” and “Riviera Stories” – will be released in May 2013.
Garden of Bliss is a memoir/inspirational book about learning to work with intuition, dreams, and inner guidance. Riviera Stories is a collection of short stories set on the French Riviera.
- Patti Marxsen has an article and a book chapter appearing this month, one in German and one in French. (The German chapter was translated from English, and the French was aided and abetted by a compassionate editor.)
1. “Hélène Schweitzer dans le monde,” Saisons d’Alsace, the tri-annual magazine of the principal newspaper in the French province of the Alsace, Les Dernières Nouvelles d’Alsace [The Latest News of the Alsace]. March, 2013.
2. “Wie Amerika Albert Schweitzer kennen lernte,” in Albert Schweitzers Lambarene –1913 bis 2013 – Zeitzeugen berichten by Jo and Walter Munz. (Eglisau, Switzerland: Verlag elfundzehn, 2013). ["How Americans Came to Know Albert Schweitzer," a book chapter in Albert Schweitzer's Lambarene -1913 to 2013]
- Zeki Ergas’ historical novel: From the Balkans to Asia Minor. A Family Saga in the War Years of 1912-22 first published by Isis Press in Istanbul in 2004 has been re-published by Gorgias Press of New York. See: www.gorgiaspress.com
- Livia Varju has 5 poems in the latest issue of Ex Tempore, the UN literary journal. They are about the wages of Revenge, the pursuit of Happiness, Loyalty, universal Love, and Mother Earth.
- Congratulations to our long time member, David Walters, for receiving the distinction conferred by the Vontobel Foundation for Third Age Creativity. A highly esteemed honor awarded to a handful of ‘senior’ artists, writers, inventors, creators.
- Bill Lloyd’s sketch “A Dog in the Freezer” will be included in an evening of monologue plays read by actors and organised by The Geneva English Drama Society on January 15. Full details at the GEDS website under Playreadings: www.geds.ch
- Zeki Ergas has published on the Net a new short essay entitled: Barack Obama. The Path to Greatness. From Commander-in-Chief to Educator-in-Chief
- Iqbal Alimohamed has had an article published in the Oriental Review. It concerns the severe dangers to human beings and the environment as a result of nuclear testing, and calls upon all to sign the Atom Project petition urging cessation of all nuclear testing and, importantly, a total ban on all nuclear weapons.
- Zeki Ergas has had an essay, The anthropocene age and the rise of the homo plutocratus, published in Global Marshall Plan News.
- Poetic Justice: clichés with a twist, by Elizabeth (Liz) Hornor Boquet, is a small collection of whimsical poetry based on clichés. The theme stems from writing workshops – many at GWG – where she often hears the same old story: avoid clichés like the plague. Well, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink… She sends warm thanks to those at GWG who encouraged her to put this together. It is available on Amazon in Europe and in the States. (Just type “Poetic Justice, Elizabeth Hornor Boquet”)
- Livia Varju has a poem in Foreign Encounters which is the third anthology published by Writers Abroad, an online group of ex-pat writers. All the contributors are, or have been, ex-pats living in 50 places around the globe.http://www.writersabroad.comAll proceeds from the sale of this book will go to Books Abroad, a charity which donates books to schools. http://booksabroad.orgAvailable from 24 October: http://www.lulu.com/shop/writers-abroad/foreign-encounters/paperback/product-20450826.html.
- Karen K. Mason’s poetry collection, a chapbook titled Not From Around Here, was accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press, a small press in Georgetown, Kentucky, USA. www.finishinglinepress.com.
- Livia Varju has a poem, Autumn Rhapsody, in the Autumn issue of Phoenix New Life Poetry. She will send the electronic version of this journal to anyone interested. The editor changed the form and it looks bad, but she will send the proper version.
- Katie Hayoz’s blog is a collection of writing, reading and random reflection. www.katiehayoz.blogspot.ch
- Susan Tiberghien shares an interview that Jill Prewett, of NuanceWords, and co-editor of the newsletter, The Woolf, in Zurich, has included in the September issue of The Woolf: “A Conversation with Susan Tiberghien.”
- Necessary Fiction is a well-regarded online literary magazine spotlighting indie presses. The Editor-in-chief is Steve Himmer – MFA faculty at Emerson – the Reviews editor is our own Michelle Bailat-Jones. Nancy Freund Fraser, another member of the GWG, is Necessary Fiction’s writer-in-residence for the month of September. As such, Nancy posts excerpts from each of her four novels, as well as the work of other writers she admires, including GWG’s Liz Boquet who will have three pieces from GWG workshops posted September 24. Comments on postings are appreciated.
- Bashir Sakhawarz’s debut novel, MAARGIR the Snake Charmer, will be published Lead Start Publishers in Autumn of 2012 and has been nominated for Man Asia Prize.
- Livia Varju has found, after a search for many years, a publisher for a bi-lingual book of poetry that she translated from Hungarian. The poet is Tibor Tollas, who spent 9 years as a political prisoner during the Soviet occupation and, instead of despairing, became a great poet, writing several volumes of poetry with some other prisoners, and smuggling them out of prison and abroad.
- Livia Varju has a poem, Forgotten Love (or Clash of Cultures), in the next anthology of Writers’ Abroad, entitled Foreign Encounters, scheduled to be published on 24 October through Lulu.
- Two sonnets, “News and Daisies” and “The Fugue” by Emily Bilman have been published in ORBIS (summer issue 160) in England.
- Lesley Lawson Botez, back from a great Swanwick Writers’ Summer School 2012 where she was a course leader in Copywriting has been offered a place at Kingston University (UK) on their new Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing.
- Peter St John’s novel “Gang Territory“, which is the first in the series of six “Gang” books, was awarded the Book Readers Appreciation Group Medallion in July.
- Catharine Mee has had her first short story, ‘California Zephyr’, published in Prole magazine. Prole publishes prose and poetry, in print and electronically, and accepts submissions year-round.
- Mary Kinyanjui, a writer who was with us in 2009 and 2010, sent the following news, “I wish to let you know that from the workshops and the inspiration I received from GWG, I was able to develop a manuscript regarding my work on ordinary people and I am glad to let you know that it has been published by Nsemia publishers. It is entitled. Vyama: Institutions of hope: Ordinary people market coordination and society organization alternative. It is available at www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com. I have also done about 10 opinion pieces for Kenyan Newspapers and an online magazine. Thanks to the lesson I learned from the workshops that ‘a writer must write everyday’.
- Patti Marxsen has created a collection of six essays as a Kindle Edition. Rousseau’s Refuge and Other Essays Out of Switzerland is available now at a Kindle near YOU! Find this and her other books at http://www.amazon.com/author/pattimarxsen.
- Livia Varju has a cheerful poem about death, Death is New Life, in the Summer issue of Phoenix New Life Poetry. She has an electronic version of the issue and will send it to anyone wishing to receive it.
- Susan Tiberghien’s essay “The Riches of a Season” has been published in the anthology, Winter Tales: Women on the Art of Aging, edited by R.A. Rycraft and Leslie What. (Serving House Press). Amazon!
- Iqbal Alimohamed’s article Pakistan National Human Rights Commission was published by Tribune Express, March 31, 2012.
- On June fifth at 7:00 pm Alice Baudat will be presenting The Wooden Bowl and its newly released sequel, The Wooden Ring in Matthew Wake’s new premises.
Rue Jean-Louis Gaillard 2
- Livia Varju announces that six of her poetry translations have been published in the Spring issue of Phoenix New Life Poetry. Contact Livia for an electronic version of the journal, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Bashir Sakhawarz’s novel “The Snake Charmer” will be published by Lead Start, India in Summer/Autumn. The Snake Charmers is a novel about two brothers in Afghanistan at the time of the Russian Invasion. The elder brother joins the communist movement while the younger, a “traditionalist”, adheres to Islamic religious beliefs. The conflict between their values seeks to tear apart their family ties and their loyalty to each other.
- Patti Marxsen has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her essay entitled “Archaeologies,” published as “Kindle Short” by Ashland Creek Press in 2011. This personal essay relies on the science of archeology as it is currently being applied to the Gaza Strip as a metaphor for revisiting painful memories of a life-shattering divorce.
- Zeki Ergas published an Open Letter to Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, in the January 2012 Newsletter of the Global Marshall Plan Initiative
- Anita Breland’s story “Three cooks, one Moroccan home kitchen, result: delicious” was published in “Foreign Flavours,” an anthology of fiction and non-fiction published by Writers Abroad. The collection’s theme is food, drink and cooking around the world, and book purchases benefit The Book Bus charity. Full details are available at www.writers-abroad.com.
- Bill Lloyd’s memoir of a Dublin cinema “The Canyons of Sandford Road” has been accepted by the magazine ‘Ireland’s Own’ and will be published in their issue dated 3 February 2012.
- Livia Varju has four poems in the latest issue of Ex Tempore, the UN literary journal. They are about peace, the environment, prison and freedom, respectively. She also has two poems in the Phoenix New Life Poetry Winter issue published by the Universal Alliance, entitled The One You Love and The Power of Poetry and can send the electronic version to anyone interested.
- Lesley Lawson has been accepted as a member of the Society of Women Writers and Journalists (SWWJ). Her article about her dog, Vinnie, “One shelter dog down on his luck in Cyprus jet-sets off to a forever home in Switzerland” was published in August Dogs Today Magazine.
- Jo Ann Hansen Rasch’s collection of poems, Transition, published by Editions du Madrier, Switzerland, was published in December 2011. For more information, please refer to her website www.joannrasch.com
- Joy Manné’s poem “Words Have Families Too” was published in The Knowing Field, International Constellations Journal, Issue 18, June 2011, P. 94.
- Mary Scheurer will be published in the new anthology from ‘Wordaid’ – a British organisation that produces work solely for charity.
This collection is called ‘Not only the Dark’ and is in aid of Shelterbox, a group that helps the homeless.
Other contributors include David Harsent, Alice Oswald and Penelope Shuttle.”
- Emily Bilman’s poem “The Stags” was published in the October-November 2011 issue of London Magazine. Another poem, “The Pilgrimage” was published on the Princeton Alumni Weekly website.
- Ellen Massey is happy to announce that an essay, “Inadvertently Green, the Budget Cruising Dividend,” has been published by Ocean Navigator in addition to her essay “Learning the Island Ways” about a visit in Polynesia. They can be read online at http://www.oceannavigator.com
- Peter St John Dawe has had a poem accepted by Forward Press for publication in an anthology of “School Secrets”. The poem is entitled “Warden’s Window”. A short story of Peter’s, entitled “Everyone has His, or Her, Price”, is shortly to be published by Gingernut Books, in an anthology of New Writers UK, called “Telling Tales”.
- Iqbal Alimohamed has a recent opinion piece published in the Oriental Review.
- Livia Varju has a 60-line poem, Ode to Freedom, in Rubies in the Darkness, July 2011 issue.
- Kristine Greenaway has just been signed as a translator and playwright with CardenWright Literary Agency in London. The Swiss playwright whose work she translates, Emanuelle delle Piane, has also been signed.
- Sylvia Petter guest blogs at Women Writers, Women Books her review of Susan Tiberghien’s One Year to a Writing Life.
- Peter St John Dawe has just published an illustrated edition of his fifth book in the “Gang” series on Amazon Kindle. It is entitled ”Gang Petition”.
- Susan Tiberghien had a fun op-ed published in the International Herald Tribune, July 8, titled Airport Chatter
- Livia Varju had her translation of a poem written in French by Noumsi Bouopda, Martyred Woman, as well as her own poem, The Pursuit of Happiness, published in the Summer 2011 issue of Phoenix New Age Poetry. She had a poem in 5th place and another in 6th place in the Rubies in the Darkness Spring Competition. Well, that’s not as good as 1st and 2nd place, but … another time!
- Rod Abson I had an article published in the June 2011 issue of the India Today Travel Plus magazine about Trieste on the East coast of Italy. up at Huffington Post’s “My Daily”.
- Sylvia Petter has an essay up at Huffington Post’s “My Daily”.
- Anne Korkeakivi
My debut novel, AN UNEXPECTED GUEST, will be published by Little, Brown (US) in the spring of 2012, and I have a short story appearing this month in The Brooklyn Review (June 2011).
- D-L Nelson has been offered a contract by her publisher for Murder in Geneva. Her mystery Murder in Argelès is slated for a December release. The cover design has just been completed for MIA. MIG will be her seventh published novel.
- Peter St John Dawe’s novel Triple Agent, based on the Gospel According to John, has just been published as a digital book by Amazon Kindle
- Lucy Morgan Edwards has published a book, The Afghan Solution, that investigates the peace plan offered in 2001 by famed 1980s Resistance leader Commander Abdul Haq and the failure of western intelligence agencies to support it. This story is set as a cameo to the authors own experience of the early years of the war.
- Peter St John Dawe has had a poem, entitled “Subliminal Farewell, or The Flight to Thule” published by Forward Poetry, in an anthology called “Speaking of Love”.
- Patti M. Marxsen has just agreed to representation by the Paul Bresnick Literary Agency of New York for her 350-page novel set in twentieth-century Haiti. Cry of the Peacock is “… a rich, deep, beautifully written, comfy-chair of a novel,” said Bresnick.
- Rod Abson had an article published on a 5-day itinerary in and around Seoul, South Korea in the May 2011 issue of India Today Travel Plus magazine. Rod appreciated the expert local knowledge of his wife, Luna, who is Korean.
- Alan Harmer wrote a Review of a film Unsilenced, published in The Voice. This describes a landmark case in justice against disappearances.
- Sylvia Petter´s submission to the 2nd International Conference on Creativity and Writing, held in Orivesi, Finland, in November 2010 is now in the digital archive at Jyväskylä University, Finland.
- Minju Yen is a member of The Independent Chinese PEN Center (was once in the Writers in Prison Committee) and The Association of Chinese Writers in Europe which is going to celebrate its 20th anniversary in Athens 13. – 15. May 2011 and she will participate. She is also a standing columnist of Witness Monthly in Taipei. Her latest publication was an essay in The Shanghai Review of Books in March 2011.
- Iqbal Alimohamed has recently had two opinion pieces, published in the Oriental Review An open letter to President Gaddafi and It is Time for Obama to Demonstrate True Courage and Statesmanship.
- Peter St John Dawe is the invited author currently featured author on Helen Hollick’s Guest Page.
- Patti Marxsen‘s essay entitled “Archaeologies” has been published by Ashland Creek Press as a “Kindle Short” available on Amazon and/or directly from the publisher, here. The memoir-travel essay links archeological finds from Gaza observed in the exhibition at Geneva’s Musee d’Art et Histoire and the “shards” of family history lost in the wake of divorce.
- Lesley Lawson’s story about her Cyprus poodle, “A foreign adoption” will be published in the July issue of the UK magazine Dogs Today. .
- Peter St John Dawe has just published his first e-book Gang Petition on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing: It can be obtained here.
- Zeki Ergas has had an essay, Freedom of Expression in an Age of Inequality, published on the Global Marshall Plan website. His essay can be read here.
- Susan Tiberghien‘s essay, Living in Two Languages, appears in the Spring 2011 issue of the Del Sol Review. Click here to read.
- M. Anita Bailey has had several of her poems published on the Speakeasy Website, which is part of the Milton Keynes (UK) community website – MKWeb.
- Peter St John Dawe has been invited to give a demonstration and talk entitled “Binding Your Own Paperback”, on May 11, at the Lincoln Book Festival in the UK.
- Mark Gartside‘s first novel, What will Survive, which was encouraged at the 2010 Geneva Writers’ Conference, will now be published by Macmillan in the Spring of 2012.