December 2018 Newsletter by Rosie Goldsmith

Literally Swiss chocolate

When I was in Basel/Basle in November I went chocolate shopping. Rather rashly I promised to supply chocolate at all my Literally Swiss events. I may live to regret this. What if I need to buy shoes or dresses when I’m next in Switzerland? Or cheese? Or a cuckoo clock? (Apologies – just having fun.) Anyway, in November I returned with a suitcase weighed down by 5 kilos of Lindt chocolate. All this chocolate has to be eaten and we hope you will help us eat it: we have two delicious Swiss events coming up next Weds 5th December at the British Library: an afternoon workshop and an evening literary cabaretThere will be chocolate, wine and literature – ofcourse. So, no excuses, be there and book here and here.

And something else: our fabulous Swiss Riveter magazine will be launched on Dec 5th too – another reason for you to come to the British Library events to grab your free copy. The Swiss Riveter features everyone and everything that’s important in contemporary Swiss literature. It’s free and in our own inimitable style. Thank you to all of you who contributed with your views, reviews and extracts, to the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia in Zurich, to ELIT Literature House Europe in Austria and to our very own Arts Council England for your support – ‘gratitude’ is such a small word for what you have helped us achieve, not least our glorious cover design by Swiss graphic designer and illustrator, Amelie Keller. Wait until you see it! See you Weds evening at British Library for our big ‘Riveter Reveal’!

The Riveter is edited by West Camel, also the editor of our regular monthly online Riveting Reviews – and the next edition will be February 2019 as West, Anna and I will be taking an ELNet break in December and January. I’ll be buried in books – reading the submissions for our EBRD Literature Prize – West Camel will be engaged in promoting his excellent first novel ‘Attend’ and Anna Blasiak is busy translating and working on her poetry book in… Cuba.

Please don’t forget this coming Monday December 3rd for both a SWISS networking meeting in the afternoon and our next European Literature Network meeting in the evening, at Europe House in London. Email Anna now if you want to attend Face-to-face networking works – you know it does.

Have I forgotten anything? Oh gosh – CHRISTMAS! How could I? Needless to say, I wish you the best of everything for the festive season – may it be fun, fabulous and foreign.

Rosie The Riveter

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