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Château de Lavigny hosts a series of free monthly readings featuring visiting international writers, from June to September inclusive, on Sundays at 6 p.m.. Readings, which are open to all, are followed by a reception where writers and the public may mix and chat. There is one reading per session. Please see below for our forthcoming programme of events. (Entry for the readings and lectures is free, but guests are asked to register by emailing chlavigny@bluewin.ch in advance.)
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Le Château de Lavigny organise, de juin à septembre, le dimanche à 18h00, une série de soirées ouvertes à tous pour faire connaître au public les écrivains en résidence. L'athmosphère est conviviale, elle permet une écoute de quelques pages de l'oeuvre de chaque écrivain, en français ou en anglais, et une occasion de les rencontrer au cours d'un apéritif dans le jardin.

Entrée libre, mais réservation nécessaireà : chlavigny@bluewin.ch

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     PROGRAMME 2017

 

LECTURE/READING:  18 JUIN/JUNE 2017, 18h00

CHAWKI AMARI (ALGERIE), AMINA GAUTIER (USA), SARAH HOLLAND-BATT (AUSTRALIE), GJERTRUD SCHNACKENBERG (USA), MARINA SKALOVA (ALLEMAGNE/RUSSIE)

Chawki Amari. Ecrivain et journaliste, Chawki Amari est plus connu pour ses chroniques sur le quotidien El Watan, où il révèle, entre analyse politique, humour et poésie, la difficulté des nations à se construire. En littérature, on lui retrouve ce même monde lyrique et absurde, souvent sur fond de problématiques scientifiques appliquées à la folle histoire de l’homme..

Amina Gautier is the author of three short-story collections: At-Risk, Now We Will Be Happy, and The Loss of All Lost Things. She has been awarded the Flannery O’Connor Award, Prairie Schooner Book Prize, among many others, and international fellowships from The Brown Foundation/Dora Maar, The Camargo Foundation, and Hawthornden.

Sarah Holland-Batt is an Australian poet, editor, critic and academic. Her most recent book, The Hazards (UQP, 2015) won the 2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry. She is the editor of The Best Australian Poems 2017 (Black Inc), and Poetry Editor of Island.

Gjertrud Schnackenberg, an American poet, is the author of six books of poetry: Heavenly Questions (2010), The Throne of Labdacus (2000), Supernatural Love: Poems 1976-1992 (2000), A Gilded Lapse of Time (1992), The Lamplit Answer (1985), and Portraits and Elegies (1982).

Marina Skalova Marina Skalova est auteure, traductrice littéraire et dramaturge. Elle a publié Atemnot (Souffle court) chez Cheyne éditeur en 2016, pour lequel elle a reçu le Prix de la Vocation en poésie, Amarres chez L’Age d’Homme en 2017, ainsi qu’Exploration du flux sur Remue.net. Ses textes interrogent l’étrangeté et le rapport à l’autre.

 

LECTURE/READING:  16 JUILLET/JULY 2017, 18h00

VONANI BILA (AFRIQUE DU SUD), BARBARA FONTAINE (FranCE), ZADIG HAMROUNE (ALGERIE/FRANCE), CLAIRE SCOBIE (AUSTRALIE/UK), SHELLY ORIA (USA/ISRAEL)

Vonani Bila is the author of five books of poems and eight books of stories in Xitsonga, Sepedi and English. A driving force in South African poetry as editor and publisher, he also founded Timbila Writers' Village, a retreat centre for writers. His narrative poetry is mainly concerned about contemporary life in post-apartheid South Africa, rural realism, and political betrayal.

Barbara Fontaine vit à Paris, parfois à Berlin, et traduit de la littérature allemande, essentiellement contemporaine. Parmi ses auteurs figurent Katja Lange-Müller, Ursula Krechel, Thomas Hettche, Katja Petrowskaja, Hans-Ulrich Treichel. Elle travaille actuellement à la traduction française du dernier roman de Hans-Ulrich Treichel, Tagesanbruch.

Zadig Hamroune, enseignant et écrivain, est attaché à sa double culture franco-algérienne, à sa berbérité, et se consacre au roman, à la poésie, au théâtre. Un second roman, Chronique d'un deuil amoureux, paraitra en septembre 2017. Il lira des extraits du premier, Le pain de l'exil, paru chez Gallimard en 2015, qui reçut un excellent accueil de la critique et du public.

Claire Scobie is the award-winning author of Last Seen in Lhasa and The Pagoda Tree, and co-author of A Baboon in the Bedroom. She runs writing workshops, and writes for numerous publications. In 2013 she completed a Doctor of Creative Arts degree at Western Sydney University.

Shelly Oria is the author of New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 (Farrar Straus & Giroux 2014). Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review among numerous other places and has won a number of awards, including the Indiana Review Fiction Prize. Recently, Shelly has co-authored a novella, CLEAN, commissioned by WeTransfer and McSweeney's.

 

LECTURE/READING:  13 AOUT/AUGUST 2017, 18h00

ZSOFIA BAN (HONGRIE), NICOLE BARY (FRANCE), KAMIL HATIMI (MAROC), SUJI KWOCK KIM (COREE/UK/USA), SANJA LOVRENCIC (CROATIE)

Zsófia Bán is a Hungarian fiction writer, essayist and critic. Her stories have been widely anthologized and translated. She has received grants and awards in Hungary and abroad. In 2015/16 she was a writer-in-residence with the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program. She will read from Als nur die Tiere lebten (finalist, HKW International Book Prize 2014).

Nicole Bary est traductrice (allemand), directrice de collection aux éditions Métailié et de l’association Les Amis du Roi des Aulnes, une association qui organise des rencontres annuelles d’écrivains européens, « Lettres d’Europe et d’ailleurs ». Dernières traductions : Dépressions de Herta Müller (Gallimard 2015) et Le Noyau blanc de Christoph Hein.

Kamil Hatimi est né en 1960 au Maroc. Après avoir exercé différents métiers dont ceux de musicien de bal, de photographe et d’interprète, il publie un premier roman en 2015 : La Houlette, aux éditions Elyzad. Kamil Hatimi vit actuellement dans le Sud de la France où il continue à explorer les voies de l’écriture.

Suji Kwock Kim is the author of Notes from the Divided Country, which won the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets; Private Property, a multimedia play produced at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; and Disorient, which is forthcoming. She has received a number of major awards and grants in the US, Europe and Asia. She lives in London.

Sanja Lovrenčić graduated in history of art and lives in Zagreb, as a free-lance writer and translator. Her published titles include poetry, novels, short stories, radio plays. She has received literary prizes for many of her poems and novels.

 

LECTURE/READING:  10 SEPTEMBRE 2017, 18h00

NICOLAE COANDE (ROUMANIE), FATOU KANDE SENGHOR (SENEGAL), JUDITH KUCKART (ALLEMAGNE), PABLO LLAMBIAS (DANEMARK), WILL STONE (UK)

Nicolae Coande is the author of 9 poetry collections and several books of essays. The recipient of a number of major literary prizes and grants in Romania, Germany, and Austria, he is a dramaturge at the National Theatre Marin Sorescu and founder & editor-in-chief of the Theatre's magazine, SpectActor. His most recent poetry book is They Just Wouldn’t Let Me Run the World (Max Blecher, 2015).

Fatou Kande Senghor est Sénégalaise. Elle vit à Thiès, où elle pratique la photographie, la vidéo, le film, la littérature, et la gravure traditionnelle. En 2015, WALABOK, ou une histoire orale du hip hop au Sénégal, une anthologie qui reconstitue plus de 10 ans de recherches sur les cultures urbaines dans son pays, a paru aux éditions Amalion Publishing.

Judith Kuckart is a writer and theatre director who founded and ran the dance theatre Skoronel until 1998. She has published many novels. Amongst others: Lenas Liebe (2002), made into a film in 2012; Kaiserstraße (2006), shortlisted for the Leipzig Book Prize; Wünsche (2013), longlisted for the German Book Prize; Das man durch Belgien muss auf dem Weg zum Glück (2015).

Pablo Llambias will be working on an updated version of his 1997 novel Rådhus (Townhall), that portrays the Danish welfare society. Since then a lot of things have happened and the welfare society is under pressure. The new novel, with the working title Rådhus 2, will deal with these changes.

Will Stone has published three collections of poetry and a number of literary translations of poetry and prose with Menard Press, Arc Publications, Shearsman Books, Seagull Books, Hesperus Press and Pushkin Press (Stefan Zweig). He will read from Rilke’s Notes on the Melody of Things and some of his own poems.

 

 

ANNEES PRECEDENTES / PREVIOUS YEARS

 

     PROGRAMME 2016

 

LECTURE/READING:  19 JUIN/JUNE 2016, 18h00

Rich Benjamin (USA), Julia Deck (France), Susan McKay (Irlande), Brian Nelson (Australie), Vladimir Sharov (Russie)

Rich Benjamin is the author of Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America, a critically acclaimed work of anthropology. He is also a lecturer and commentator, on television and in print, including for The Guardian and The New York Times. Rich was recently a Literary Fellow at the Bellagio Center (Italy), Rockefeller Foundation.

Julia Deck est née à Paris, où elle vit toujours. Elle a publié deux romans, Viviane Elisabeth Fauville (2012) et Le Triangle d'hiver (2014), tous deux aux Editions de Minuit, et traduits dans plusieurs
langues. Elle est également correctrice, traductrice de l'anglais , et donne des ateliers d'écriture en école de journalisme.

Susan McKay is currently working on a book which brings memory and imagination to bear on stories from places in which the Northern Irish conflict flared up during her childhood. She spent many years covering the conflict as an award winning journalist and commentator. Her book Bear in Mind These Dead (Faber, 2007) is about the aftermath of political violence.

Brian Nelson (Professor Emeritus,Monash University, Melbourne) is well known for his translations, for Oxford World’s Classics, of the novels of Emile Zola, but he is working at present on a new translation of Marcel Proust’s Un amour de Swann. His latest publication is The Cambridge Introduction to French Literature (2015).

Vladimir Sharov. A historian of medieval Russia, he started as a writer
in the late 1970s. In his novels he attempts to understand the traumas of the Russian-Soviet 20th century. Author of eight novels, a book of essays and a book of poetry, he was awarded the Russian
Booker Prize and national Big Book prize for his novel Return to Egypt in 2014. His books have been translated into many languages.

 

 

LECTURE/READING:  17 JUILLET/JULY 2016, 18h00

Luke Fischer (Australie), Monique Ilboudo (Burkina Faso), Anna Matveeva (Russie), Diane Meur (France/Belgique), Tom Pow (Grande-Bretagne)

Luke Fischer, poet and scholar, is the author of the poetry collection Paths of Flight (2013), the monograph The Poet as Phenomenologist: Rilke and the New Poems (2015), and the children’s
book The Blue Forest (2015). He is an honorary associate in the philosophy department at the University of Sydney. www.lukefischerauthor.com

Monique Ilboudo. Auteure de plusieurs ouvrages, j’ai aussi animé des chroniques dans des journaux sur les questions de citoyenneté, spécialement celle des femmes. Cet engagement citoyen m’a valu d’être appelée à de hautes fonctions de responsabilité dans mon pays, le Burkina Faso. Depuis un an, je suis revenue à mes enseignements de droit à l’université Ouaga II et… à l’écriture.

Anna Matveeva is a russian writer born in Sverdlovsk (now Ekaterinaburg) in the Urals, into a family of linguists. After completing her studies at the Ural State University, she worked as a journalist for newspaper and magazines. Anna has published fourteen books of fiction and non-fiction and contribuated to most leading russian periodicals.

Diane Meur, née en 1970 à Bruxelles, vit à Paris depuis trente ans. Traductrice de l’anglais et de l’allemand (Paul Nizon, Tariq Ali, Stefan Zweig,…), elle est aussi l’auteur de cinq romans, dont Les
Vivants et les ombres, qui a obtenu en 2007 le prix Victor Rossel.

Tom Pow was born in Edinburgh. Primarily a poet, he has also written young adult fiction, picture books, radio plays and two travel books: one about Peru and one called In Another World—
Among Europe's Dying Villages. In The Becoming—New and Selected Poems was published in 2007.

 

 

LECTURE/READING:  14 AOUT/AUGUST 2016, 18h00

DENIS HIRSON (AFRIQUE DU SUD/FRANCE), Ben Okri (NIGERIA/Grande-Bretagne), Adine Sagalyn (FRance/USA), Gabor Schein (Hongrie), Consuelo Trivino-Anzola(ESPAGNE/COLOMBIE), JaKob Zigunas (POLOGNE/AUSTRALIE)

Denis Hirson lives just outside Paris. He has written seven books in English, most of them crossing the frontier between lyrical prose and narrative poetry, and mainly concerned with the memory of South Africa under apartheid. His first slim book written in French, and about French, will soon be published.

Ben Okri has published ten novels as well as many collections of poetry, short stories and essays. He won the Booker Prize in 1991, with The Famished Road. His latest poetry collection, Wild, came
out in 2011, and a novel, The Age of Magic, in 2014. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has received the OBE and numerous international literary prizes.

Adine Sagalyn has written film scripts, radio plays, and edited a book of essays by French women writers exploring their relationships with their fathers. She works as a portrait and fine art photographer. She is currently writing about her grandmother, Suzanne Schwartz, sister of the Russian writer, Samuil Marshak.

Gábor Schein. A Hungarian poet and writer, Gábor Schein has published many volumes of poetry, four novels, plays and essays on literature and politics. His works have received grants and awards in Hungary and abroad and been translated into many languages. He will read selections from his poetry and his novels The Autobiographies of an Angel and Mordechai's book. Photo Studio Bakos

Consuelo Triviño Anzola est auteur de trois romans et quatre livres de contes. Ses romans abordent l'enfance, l'exil et l'histoire. Ses récits montrent ce que a de surprenant le monde quotidien. Prohibido salir a la calle (1998) est considéré parmi les meilleurs romans colombiens. Elle travaille à l'Institut Cervantes depuis 1997.

Jakob Ziguras is a poet, philosopher and translator. His debut collection, Chains of Snow (Pitt Street Poetry, 2013), was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. The Sepia Carousel
is forthcoming in 2016. He is currently working on his third book, Venetian Mirrors, and translating the Polish poets Stanisław Barańczak and Aleksander Wat.

 

 

LECTURE/READING: 11 SEPTEMBRE/SEPTEMBER 2016, 18h00

CLEMENT BENECH (FRANCE), Katica GAROSKA ACEVSKA (MACEDOINE), Jean-Pierre Orban (France/BELGIQUE), Anni Sumari (FINLANDE), Anne von Canal (ALLEMAGNE)

Clément Bénech est né en 1991. Diplômé de la Sorbonne en édition et littérature française, il a publié deux romans chez Flammarion L'été slovène, Lève-toi et charme. Il collabore également à plusieurs journaux, comme Libération. Le magazine Télérama le range parmi les dix écrivains à suivre sur Twitter.

Anne von Canal worked as an editor and translator before she became a writer herself. Her first novel Der Grund (2014) was translated into French and Estonian. She is currently writing her
second book, an exploration of friendship, ice and the structure of memory.

Katica Garoska Acevska. After working at the Ministry of Culture of Macedonia, Katica Garoska turned to translating fiction and poetry from English, French, Serbo-Croatian into Macedonian. Her award-winning work has included well-known authors, such as: Robert Graves, Philip Roth, Marguerite Yourcenar, Yukio Mishima, Virginia Woolf, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Danilo Kish, Jacques Chessex, and others.

Clément Bénech.

Jean-Pierre Orban est auteur de théâtre, nouvelles, textes poétiques et essai. En 2014, il a publié Vera, Prix du Premier roman français et Prix du livre européen. Le roman parle d’identité sur une terre qui erre autant que les humains. À Lavigny, il compte poursuivre le cycle dont est extrait Vera.
Il en lira un extrait avec plaisir.

Anni Sumari is a Finnish poet, author and translator. She has published 14 books so far, mostly poetry, and translated works by celebrated authors, e.g. Samuel Beckett, Tomaz Salamun and
Anne Sexton. Her book Mitta ja määrä (Measure and Quantity) was awarded The Best Poetry Book of the Year 1998 Prize. Sumari's poems have been translated into 24 languages.

 

 

 

 

 

       PROGRAMME 2015

 

LECTURE/READING: 6 SEPTEMBRE/SEPTEMBER 2015,

A/at 18h00/6.00 p.m.

Constance Chlore (FRANCE), Evan Fallenberg (ISRAEL), Fabienne Jacob (France), Nadine Pinede (USA/Canada), Silvia Pozzi (ITALIE)

Constance Chlore  a publié deux romans : Nicolas jambes tordues (éditions La Fosse aux ours) ;     À Tâtons sans bâton (éditions Punctum). Son dernier livre Atomium, (éditions Atelier de l’agneau) vient de recevoir le prix international de poésie francophone Yvan Goll 2014.

Evan Fallenberg ’s novels Light Fell (Soho Press, 2008) and When We Danced on Water (HarperCollins, 2011) and his many translations of novels, plays, filmscripts and libretti from Hebrew to English have won numerous awards. He teaches creative writing and literary translation at Bar-Ilan University, Tel Aviv, and City University of Hong Kong.

Fabienne Jacob  est née en Lorraine dans un petit village de la frontière allemande. Sa langue maternelle est le francique. Toute son oeuvre parle du corps. Pas le corps californien, mais celui,
imparfait, qui respire, désire, manque, jouit, souffre, vieillit. Son écriture rugueuse et fragmentaire cerne au plus près la sensation.

Nadine Pinede  The daughter of Haitian emigrants, Nadine Pinede is author of An Invisible Geography, poems of place and exile. She holds degrees from Harvard and Oxford, where she was a Rhodes scholar. She also earned a Master of Fine Arts and a PhD. Her fiction appeared in Haiti Noir, edited by Edwidge Danticat, and was published in French by Asphalte Editions, Paris.

Silvia Pozzi  is a translator of Chinese literature into Italian, she has translated important authors like Han Han, Lin Bai, and Yu Hua. She is the co-editor of the first magazine of Chinese contemporary literature in Italian, Caratteri, Letteratura cinese contemporanea. Silvia is associate professor in Chinese language and literature at the University of Milan-Bicocca.

 

 

LECTURE/READING: 16 AOÛT/AUGUST  2015,

A/at  18h00/6.00 p.m.

HAJAR BALI (ALGERIA), PHILIPPE RAHMY (SWITZERLAND), PIOTR SOMMER (POLAND), KATRINA TUVERA (PHILIPPINES), SHOLEH WOLPE (IRAN/USA)

Hajar Bali  Enseignante de mathématiques à Alger, je suis également membre de la compagnie de théâtre Chrysalide. En 2010, est édité mon recueil de pièces de théâtre : Rêve et vol d'oiseau (éditions Barzakh, Alger). En 2014 paraît le recueil de nouvelles intitulé : Trop tard (ed. Barzakh). J’envisage, à Lavigny, d’entamer la rédaction de mon premier roman.

Philippe Rahmy  is the author of seven books of poetry and prose.He was awarded the Prix Wepler 2013 Mention spéciale du jury, the Prix Pittard de l'Andelyn 2014 and the Prix Michel-Dentan
2014, with his book Béton armé — Shanghai au corps à corps. His next novel will be published by La Table Ronde in January 2016. www.rahmyfiction.net (Photo Moko)

Piotr Sommer  is a poet, translator, and essayist. His poetry has won many awards. As well as eight collections of poetry in Polish, from W krześle (1977) to Piosenka pasterska (1999), he has
two collections published in translation: Things to Translate and Other Poems (1991) and Ein freier Tag in April (2002). (from http://www.poetryinternationalweb.net, photo Vandemeer/de Lange)

Katrina Tuvera  has written a collection of short fiction and a novel. She is co-editor of the anthology Querida, a collection of literary portrayals of "the mistress." She is writing her second novel set in the Philippines, exploring collaboration and complicity in World War II and the martial law years.

Sholeh Wolpé  ’s writing “transcends the boundaries of language, gender, ethnicity and nationality.” A recipient of the 2014 PEN/Heim, 2013 Midwest Book Award and 2010 Lois Roth Persian Translation prize, Wolpé is the author of three collections of poetry and two books of translations, three anthologies, and a play, Shame. (Photo Bonnie Perkinson)

 

LECTURE/READING: 19 juillet/july  2015,

A/at  18h00/6.00 p.m.

CHRIS PRICE (NEW ZEALAND), KAMAL (INDIA), NATHALIE HANDAL (PALESTINE, USA, FRANCE), ELENA BOSSi (ARGENTINA, ITALY), RALUCA ANTONESCU (SWITZERLAND)

Chris Price  has published two poetry collections and an eccentric biographical dictionary, Brief Lives. She teaches creative writing at Victoria University (Wellington, New Zealand) and has worked as an editor and writers' festival organiser. Chris is writing about the English poet Thomas Lovell Beddoes, who spent half his life in Germany and Switzerland. (Photo Robert Cross)

Kamal  is a student of science but the author of three books of literary fiction in Hindi. A few of his stories received awards and were translated into many different Indian languages. His novel Aakhar Chaurasi (based on the genocide of Indian Sikhs in 1984) was chosen one of the five best debut novels of 2009.

Nathalie Handal ’s recent books include The Republics; The Invisible Star; Poet in Andalucía; and Love and Strange Horses, winner of the Gold Medal Independent Publisher Book Award. She's a Lannan Foundation Fellow, winner of the Alejo Zuloaga Order in Literature, and Honored Finalist for the Gift of Freedom Award, among other honors. (Photo Linda Kallerus)

Elena Bossi  writes fiction, essays and plays. Her short novel,
Otro lugar received the Eduardo Mallea award for fiction in Buenos Aires. Among other works: Los otros essays), Amigas (novel, in collaboration with Penelope Todd, Rosa Mira Books, New Zealand), Leer poesía, leer la muerte (National Endowment for the Arts Award).

Raluca Antonescu  Née à Bucarest, Raluca Antonescu est arrivée enfant en Suisse. Elle a vécu dans un village en Suisse alémanique, puis dans le canton de Vaud, avant de s'établir à Genève. Après une formation aux Arts décoratifs et aux Beaux-arts, elle travaille dans la vidéo et réalise des documentaires. Actuellement, elle est enseignante d'arts visuels à Genève. L'inondation est son premier roman.

 

LECTURE/READING:  21 JUNE / JUIN  2015

Eva Tind (Denmark), Stuart Dischell (USA), Mathieu Boutin (Canada), Pat Boran (Ireland), Tulsi Badrinath (India).

Eva Tind Being born in Korea and brought up in Denmark, my work reflects on the concept of cultural identity, through verse, prose, documentary material and pictures in the intricate interplay between the personal and the universal. My books often highlight how the world can seem very different depending on who is looking at it and from where. (Photo Kajsa Gullberg)

Stuart Dischell is the author of four full-length collections of poems, most recently Backwards Days. A recipient of awards from the National Poetry Series, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, he is a Professor in the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

Mathieu Boutin est écrivain, avocat et violoniste. Il est l’auteur de trois romans jeunesse et quatre contes musicaux destinés au jeune public. Son roman L’oreille absolue (2013) explore le parcours de jeunes musiciens en quête d’un poste dans un orchestre. Si on le laisse tranquille, il complètera sous peu l’écriture de Les dissonances, dont il lira un extrait.

Pat Boran is an Irish poet, writer and broadcaster whose writing is often inspired by and connected to place. His collections of poems include New and Selected Poems (2005), and The Next Life (2011); prose works include the memoir The Invisible Prison (2007). He has received prizes in Ireland and the US, and is a member of Aosdána, the Irish affiliation of artists and writers.

Tulsi Badrinath is a writer and dancer from India. Her two novels Meeting Lives and Man of A Thousand Chances were longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize 2007 and 2008. Master of Arts: A Life in Dance and Madras, Chennai and the Self, non-fiction, have been critically acclaimed.