Stay a while to share my thoughts on writing and life.

Le Livre sur les Quais

If you are a book-lover and happen to live in Switzerland or neighboring France, this coming weekend you’ll be in for a real treat. In the picturesque town of Morges, half-an-hour north-east of Geneve or twenty… READ MORE

a unique writing community

I just returned from a couple of days at Swanwick, aka The Writers’ Summer School in Derbyshire, UK. This was my fifth (non-consecutive) year there, but this time was special as I could only go if I took… READ MORE

Books for young readers are awesome!

I never considered myself a big fan of young adult books, or YA as they are better known. I confess to have read Harry Potter (well, the first three volumes, then I gave up) and I… READ MORE

On Dragonfly Wings

I’ve recently been told that blogging is important if I am about to have a new book out – and I suppose it is. Readers may want to connect and have new content. But in this… READ MORE

The Next Big Thing

A fellow writer and inspiring poet, Gwyneth Box, has asked me to join in ‘The Next Big Thing’ – an internet project where authors from different countries, different ways of life and different writing backgrounds answer… READ MORE

How politically involved should a writer be?

I’ve always wondered about this question, and the answer is, of course, that it is a personal choice. Some writers choose to make direct political statements. Others prefer to write novels or weave elaborate allegories –… READ MORE


I’ll start with a disclosure: I don’t do poetry. Or so I thought, until I learned that Aracelis Girmay, an acclaimed American poet, was coming to Geneva to give a workshop at the Geneva Press Club…. READ MORE


Today I stopped to think about what inspires me – something I don’t do often enough. Perhaps because inspiration is everywhere around us. But true inspiration – the kind that makes me grateful to be alive… READ MORE

Words, words, words…

Words are a writer’s building blocks, just like pieces of wood for a carpenter and flour and sugar for a baker. So why waste them? This is not supposed to be a way to justify the… READ MORE

Spring is here…

…hopefully to stay! It has been a short, fierce winter in the Geneva area, and the mountain-tops are still painted white. But something in the air of the crisp, clear mornings hints at the new season… READ MORE