- Emily Bilman’s latest book of poetry, “A Woman By a Well: A Self-Portrait” published by Melinda Cochrane International of Canada, will become available through Amazon (or Emily!) by the end of January.
- Felicitations to Bill Lloyd, whose play “A Business-like Affair” (a hilarious comedy) was selected by GEDS for a staged reading on the 25th of February, 2014. Please check GEDS website for details.
- Linda Lappin’s article “Katherine Mansfield and D. H. Lawrence: A Parallel Quest”, winner of a KM Society essay prize competition a few years, ago, marks the 91st anniversary of Mansfield’s death. View at this article on a truly great short story writer at: http://www.lindalappin.net/files/E_print__Parallel_Quest.pdf
- Zeki Ergas’ political essay, The Center Cannot Hold – The Second American Revolution has been published through the platform SHARE. http://www.sharing.org/information-centre
- Stella Chan Pasteur has won a place pursuing her MFA at Seattle Pacific University.
- A play in English about Voltaire by Kristine Greenaway will be performed at the Chateau de Voltaire in lovely Ferney, France, in 2014.
- Daniela Norris will soon be publishing On Dragonfly Wings!, a new book about a skeptic’s journey into medium-ship. Early reviews are rave, for details see http://www.axismundi-books.com/books/on-dragonfly-wings
- Emily Bilman has had three poems and a short fiction piece accepted for publication in The Inspired Heart Vol. 2 and two poems for the San Diego Poetry Annual 2014.
- Sylvia Petter is happy to report that her “kid´s story“, The Rules of the Game, has been included in the charity anthology, A Test of Time. The Rules of the Game first appeared in the Europress anthology, Moments in Time, and subsequently at Ether Books.
- After giving a talk at the German Historical Society in London, Marcus Ferrar celebrated a launch of his new book, The Budapest House, at the Summertown Book House in Oxford. Photos available at Marcus’s website!
- GWG member Catherine Nelson-Pollard joined with Diccon Bewes of Swiss Watching and Slow Train to Switzerland and Helen Stubbs of Off the Shelf bookstore in Geneva to create a wonderful launch, lecture and Q & A right in Nyon. http://livinginnyon.com/slow-train-run-away-success/
- Katie Hayoz has had a go at an A-Z amazon experience with Kissing Clarisse: A Young Adult Short Story. It’s about the hottest girl in a 1957 high-school class and is now scorching up Amazon…
- An illustrated paperback edition of Peter St John’s Gang Petition was published 15 November by SilverWood Books.
- Peter St John also contributed an article entitled “The Men are Away at War” to a recently published anthology, “Castles, Customs and Kings”, prepared by the English Historical Fiction Authors.
- Emily Bilman has had three poems and a short fiction piece accepted for the second edition of “The Inspired Heart” anthology out of Quebec. Also, Emily’s sonnet entitled “Noli, Timere”, in memory of Seamus Heaney has been accepted by “Noted” the UNIGE English Department’s literary magazine.
- Bashir Sakhawarz has just had his story “Number One Khan” accepted for Asia Literary Review.
- Moyette Marrett Gibbons has had the draft of her novel Disappearing long-listed for the Mslexia novel competition!
- Livia Varju has five poems appearing in the Autumn issue of Phoenix New Life Poetry, four of which she has translated from Hungarian, and one original acrostic poem, “Magic of Creation.
- On the 5th of September Iqbal Alimohamed published an article espousing a diplomatic solution for the ongoing and tragic Syria crisis which can be read in the Oriental Review. Thank you Iqbal!
- Patti Marxsen’s prose poem, “Girl Braiding Her Hair” inspired by the Albert Anker painting in Winterthur, has appeared in the September issue of the American literary journal EKPHRASIS.
- Moyette Marrett has won a competition for a week-long writing retreat at the Sagra delle Words festival in Sabina, Italy, based on the opening of her novel-in-progress, ‘Disappearing.’ Patti Marxsen’s prose poem, “Girl Braiding Her Hair” inspired by the Albert Anker painting in Winterthur, has appeared in the September issue of the American literary journal EKPHRASIS.
- Marcus Ferrar has had Budapest House: a Life Re-discovered published by Crux Publishing of London. This historical memoir which captures the dramatic personal history of a Hungarian Jewish girl returning to her Budapest roots is now available online through Kindle, and will be available in paperback by late September.
- Livia Varju’s translation of Holy Mary of the Way, an Espinosa hymn, has been published in English from the Italian. She heard this in a cathedral in Montegrotto, Italy, and was moved to translate it spontaneously. It can be found in the Summer issue of Phoenix New Life Poetry. Livia has also published a poem, “Death is New Life”, in the July 2013 issue of Rubies in the Darkness, a journal of poetry.
- Emily Bilman has had nine poems published in The Inspired Heart, a contemporary Canadian anthology, purchases of which will benefit in part the Better Youth Movement in Detroit, USA. Emily has also had four poems published in the Autumn issue of Salzburg Review, no. 24.
- Pamela Taylor has won a bronze and Editors Choice award for her story in Travelers’ Tales. You can read her story at http://travelerstales.com/carpet/002819.shtml.
- 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.
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