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Poets Coat

The Poet’s Coat – Der Mantel der Dichterin

Poems, English and German, translated by Fred Kurer, edited by Irène Bourquin

Waldgut, April 2019, Frauenfeld, ISBN 978-3-03740-138-5

Gabrielle Alioth, known as the author of many, often historical novels, for the first time presents a volume of verse. The collection The Poet’s Coat is the poetic biography of the Swiss writer living in Ireland for nearly four decades – the dark current of life, the groundwater below the surface on which the characters of her novels walk and act.

In contrast to the novels, written in German, the original language of the poems is English.
For the bilingual edition in the series lektur of Waldgut Publisher (Frauenfeld/CH) the poems were translated into German by the Swiss anglicist and poet Fred Kurer.


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26. März 2019 (19.30)
Bachletten Buchhandlung, Bachlettenstrasse 7, Basel

25. April 2019 (20.00)
im Kult-Bau, Konkordiastrasse 27, St. Gallen

7. Juli 2019 (17.00)
Kloster St Urban, CH-4915 St. Urban

8. Juli 2019 (17.00)
Kunstraum Hermann, Lavendelweg 8, CH-6280 Hochdorf


Lesungen in Irland

8. October 2019
University of Limerick, vormittags

10. October 2019
University College Dublin, Colloquium, 16.00

10. October 2019
Residence of the Swiss Ambassador, Dublin, Presentation, 18.00


Gallus, the Stranger

Lenos Verlag, Basel, September 2018 ISBN: 978-3857874895

For more than twenty years Gallus has been dwelling in the wilderness of the Steinach Valley when a stranger appears. With her questions she forces the unruly hermit to remember his past: the perilous journey that around 590 AD took him and a group of wandering monks from Ireland to the Vosges and then to Lake Constance, their violent attempts at conversion and most of all the separation from his teacher and companion, the stern Columbanus.

The story of the voluntary emigrant and social dropout of the early seventh century, who lent his name to St. Gallen, resonates with the life of the stranger at the end of the twentieth century who found a home in Ireland and lost it again. The fate of the two protagonists connects over time to form a story of emigration, love and loss



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11. Januar 2019 (20.00)
Heaven’s Pub
, Waldeck 95, Himmelried/SO

7. Februar 2019 (19.30)
Kantonsbibliothek Frauenfeld

20. Februar 2019 (19.30)
Kulturhaus Helferei, Kirchgasse 13, Zürich

25. Februar 2019 (19.30)
Coalmine Café, Volkart Haus, Winterthur

22. März 2019  (19.00)
Hotel Jufa, Vorburggasse 1-3, Meersburg, Deutschland

1. April 2019 (20.00)
FREIRÄUME, Hofhalde 5, Konstanz Deutschland

23. April 2019
Stiftbibliothek , St. Gallen

24. Mai 2019 (19.00)
Bibliothek Steinach

11. September 2019 (20.15)
Theater am Saumarkt, Mühletorplatz 1, A-6800 Feldkirch

16. Oktober 2019 (20.00)
Stadtbibliothek Kriens

05. November 2019 (19.00)
Stadtbibliothek Arbon

12. November 2019 (19.30)
Stadtbücherei Tettnang, Schloss-Straße 9-11, D-88069 Tettnang


in 2020:

7. Februar 2020 (21.15)
Hotel Waldhaus, Sils-Maria


In the Bear's Library

All Lucas really wants is to buy a piece of raspberry pie, but he gets lost in the old town of St Gallen. Thanks to Rahel, he discovers the Abbey Library of St Gall, where he meets Notker Balbulus, Otmar, Wiborada and Gallus. Lucas finds out how the city of St Gallen came into being and that it is not important where you come from, but what you do with your life.

With illustrations by Patricia Keller and a postscript by Cornel Dora

Translated by Lucretia Jacomet with Simon Froehling

SJW,  ISBN: 978-3-7269-0196-7

From 11 Years


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Readings from
"In the Bear’s Library"

23 April 2019: Stiftsbibliothek St. Gallen

25. August 2019: Vorlesefest im Kannenfeldpark Basel

6 - 8 November 2019: "Literatur aus erster Hand", Luzern (CH)



Lesungen aus "Gallus, der Fremde"

siehe oben



12. September 2019 (19.30)

Lesung aus „Ausgewandert“,
Wohn- und Ortsmuseum Dättlikon (Schweiz), im Rahmen der Ausstellung „Heimat“



Schreiblust – Schreibweekend

am 2. und 3. November 2019, 

jeweils von 9.30 bis 16.00 Uhr, im Literaturhaus Basel,

in Kooperation mit den alumni Basel, Universität Basel.


Der rote Faden – Textwerkstatt

am 11.1., 25.1., 15.2. und 14.3.2020

jeweils von 18.15 bis 21.00 Uhr, Volkshochschule Basel

in den Räumen der VHS beider Basel,
Clarastrasse 12, 4058 Basel


Hochschule Luzern - Design & Kunst

14. - 18. Oktober 2019: Schreibseminar für Illustratoren - Non Fiction

21. - 25. Oktober 2019: Schreibseminar für Illustratoren - Fiction

04./05./11. November und 9. Dezember 2019: Schreibseminar für Objektdesigner