The renowned Scottish Writer, Donal McLaughlin will be reading with a great young Swiss writer – Arno Camenisch – a recent graduate of the Swiss literature institute in biel/bienne – at aye write, and also at word power books on 12 march (a free event). Word Power Books is on West Nicholson Street, opposite the Pear Tree in Edinburgh. Hope some of you can attend.
Fiction & Poetry: Arno Camenisch (Switzerland) & Donal McLaughlin (Scotland) GLASGOW, 11 March, Aye Write, Mitchell Library, 7.30pm
EDINBURGH, 12 March, 2pm
Word Power Books, West Nicholson St. Admission Free
Born in Graubünden in 1978, Arno Camenisch writes in both Rhaeto-Romanic and German – and débuted in 2005 with Ernesto ed autres Manzegnas (written in Rhaeto-Romanic). He is best known for his award-winning novels, Sez Ner (2009) and Hinter dem Bahnhof (2010) – the first two parts of a trilogy which have thrilled critics and readers alike. Camenisch is a recent graduate of the Swiss Literature Institute in Biel. A brilliant performer of his own work, with links to the Spoken Word scene in Switzerland, he has also been publishing poetry in literary magazines and anthologies. In 2010, he was awarded both the ZKB Schillerpreis and the Berner Literaturpreis for Sez Ner. http://www.arnocamenisch.ch/de/aktuell.htm
Author & translator Donal McLaughlin has represented the City of Glasgow both as the first-ever ‘Scottish Writing Fellow’ in Berne, and as a Hermann Kesten Fellow in Glasgow’s twin city of Nuremberg. His book, an allergic reaction to national anthems & other stories, was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award and nominated for the inaugural Readers’ Best First Book Award of the Edinburgh International Book Festival. He is a recipient of the Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Award and was Scottish PEN’s first écrivain sans frontières. His translations (from German) include collaborating with Chris Dolan on a stage version of The Reader, the poetry of Stella Rotenberg, – and almost eighty writers, to date, for the New Swiss Writing anthologies. http://www.donalmclaughlin.wordpress.com
Both events in association with the Swiss Embassy (London) & the University of Strathclyde.