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HandschriftThe Purloined Manuscript,

Lenos Verlag, Basel, April 2016 ISBN: 978-3-85787-467

On the morning of April 16th, 2015, the renowned medievalist Richard Merak is found dead at the Inselhotel in the city of Constance, on the very day he was due to give the keynote speech at the 600-year celebration of the Council of Constance. Laura returns to her hometown Basel after five years absence for his funeral and once more is forced to face her former life as Merak’s wife and to engage with the self-involved patricians of Basel. There, she comes across some discrepancies between the academic work of her husband and the findings of his unsuccessful rival Hans Peterson of the State Archives of Basel who drowned in the Rhine some months previously.   

Laura starts to trace the causes for the diverging assessments of the two historians originating in their research on their shared point of interest:  the life and work of Manuel Chrysoloras, born around 1355 in Constantinople, the author of the first Greek grammar for non-Greeks, who died during the Council of Constance. Quickly Laura comes to the conclusion that there is a connection between the disagreements between the two historians and their deaths. She gets caught in a net of secrecies and becomes a suspect herself.


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Ovid Everything changes – Echoes of Ovid

In the year 17 AD the Roman poet Ovid died, having been banished to the shores of the Black Sea. With his Metamorphoses, the “Books of Transformations”, featuring stories as famous as Pyramus and Thisbe, Philemon and Baucis, Daedalus and Ikarus, Orpheus and Eurydice, Pygmalion and Galatea, Midas, Europa or Leda, he created a masterpiece that influenced the literature and art of the Western World over centuries up to the present day.

Two thousand years after the death of the poet in exile, the PEN-Centre for German-Speaking Writers Abroad – formerly the German PEN-Club in Exile – invited the members of all German-Speaking PEN-Centres to explore Ovid’s Metamorphoses in their own way and to follow the traces that the work of the great poet had left in their literary cosmos with stories and poems.

This volume contains the best of these contributions.

Alles wandelt sich – Echos auf Ovid,
herausgegeben von Gabrielle Alioth und Hans-Christian Oeser, 
P&L Edition, München 2016, 
ISBN 978-3-95669-083-9

Note: Gespräch mit Nicola Steiner in „Kontext“, SRF2 Kultur, 2. Juli 2017 (ab 43’)




11./12. Januar 2017, Lesungen und Seminar (auf Anmeldung) im Freiraum Köln-Sülz

14. März 2017, Buchpräsentation im Exilarchiv der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek Frankfurt

16. März 2017, Lesung, Parterre 33, St. Gallen 

22.März 2017, Lesung in der Bachletten Buchhandlung Basel


FrauThe Woman from Thebes

Who is the woman in the green dress at Grandpa’s funeral? David needs to find out. During his inquiries he comes across the story of Mauritius and his soldiers who were executed in the Valais – and of Verena who could cure the ill and work miracles. But did these stories really happen?


With Illustrations by Laura Jurt
SJW-Heft Nr. 2517
ISBN: 978-3-7269-0028-1

From 11 Years


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Lesungen aus "Die Frau aus Theben"

Zurzach (CH), Forum des katholischen Kirschgemeindehauses
(hinter dem Verenamünster)

Montag, 20. März 2017, 19.30



Arena Riehen (CH), Alte Kanzlei, Haus der Vereine, Baselstrasse 43
Dienstag, 14. Februar 2017, 20.00

Dublin (IRL), University College
Thursday March 30th, 10 am

St. Gallen (CH) Lapidarium der Stiftsbibliothek
Sonntag 23. April 2017, 17.00 Uhr

Kreuzlingen (CH) Bibliothek Bücherbrugg
Donnerstag, 8. Juni 2017, 19.30 Uhr


Limerick (IRL) University of Limerick,
Department of Languages and Cultural Studies

Mittwoch 29. Februar (16.00) und
Donnerstag 1. März (vormittags) 2018

Stuttgart (D), Residenz des Schweizerischen Generalkonsuls
Mittwoch, 7. März 2018 , 20.00



Schreibreisen – Textwerkstatt

am 14.5., 28.5., 4.6., 11.6. und 18.6. 2018

jeweils von 18.15 bis 21.15 Uhr, Volkshochschule Basel

im Kollegienhaus der Universität Basel


Schreiblust – Schreibweekend

am 3. und 4. November 2018, 

jeweils von 9.30 bis 16.00 Uhr, im Literaturhaus Basel,

in Kooperation mit den alumni Basel, Universität Basel.

Hochschule Luzern - Design & Kunst

16. - 20. November 2017: Schreibseminar für Illustratoren - Non Fiction

23. - 30. Oktober 2017: Schreibseminar für Illustratoren - Fiction

06./07./13. November und 11. Dezember 2017: Schreibseminar für Objektdesigner