Our Offices & Partners Abroad


Swiss Children’s Books in the Limelight

Switzerland is guest of honour at the 2019 Bologna Children’s Books Fair, the most important trade event for children’s, youth and picture books worldwide. It is a key do for authors, illustrators, publishers and booksellers in the field, and this year’s edition is again expected to attract around 27,000 visitors from over 60 countries. For …


Spoken Word Performances

New Promotion Instruments Spoken Word performances have become an established new art form in Switzerland, with numerous artists – either individually or as a collective – dedicating themselves to this form of spoken literature. Opportunities to perform at publishing houses, theatres and Spoken Word festivals are increasingly opening up for the vibrant Swiss scene, which …


Frankfurt Book Fair: new translations

Pro Helvetia is again represented at the Frankfurt Book Fair this year, from 10 to 14 October, in collaboration with the Swiss Booksellers’ and Publishers’ Association (SBVV). The Frankfurt Book Fair is the largest of its kind in the world, attracting thousands of exhibitors from around 100 countries and approximately 300,000 visitors each year in …

© Dmitrij Gawrisch

Near Freezing Point at Ledig House

In Autumn 2017, dramatist and prose writer Dmitrij Gawrisch spent one month at Ledig House in Ghent/New York. The location is run by an NPO and hosts international artists, who are tended by a grandmotherly lady. Around ten authors are in residence there at any one time, and they can dedicate themselves fully to writing. …

Zora del Buono in Split

Split, canine attraction

In partnership with Traduki – the European network for translation, literature and books – and Pro Helvetia, Zora del Buono spent four weeks in 2017 together with her dog Mica in residency in Split (Croatia). The text produced there gives an account of her residency experience and tells the story of people she got to …

«Bahnverkehr Leukerbad» © Leukerbad Tourismus

Leukerbad International Literature Festival

The 2018 Leukerbad International Literature Festival is being held from 29 June to 1 July. One of the special features at this year’s event in the Valais mountain resort is that no fewer than five Swiss authors whose latest work was realised with the help of a work grant from Pro Helvetia will be there …


Promotion of Swiss books abroad

Besides sponsoring the presence of Swiss authors at international book fairs, Pro Helvetia also supports projects that help raise international awareness of Swiss books. Examples include programmes with a special focus on Switzerland or the presence of a delegation of Swiss publishers at international book and literature events. Further examples and details can be found …

Stimmung Fabiano Alborghetti / Solothurner Literaturtage

Solothurn – Switzerland’s capital of literature

The Solothurner Literaturtage festival is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year from 11 to 13 May. To mark the jubilee, a special evening programme has been created with literary discoveries to be made in bars and restaurants and on squares in the old town centre of Solothurn. The traditional festival programme features over 70 Swiss …

Atrium EÜK Straelen

Translating in residence

Pro Helvetia is offering residency grants in conjunction with the Europäisches Übersetzer-Kollegium (EÜK) in Straelen and the Collège International des Traducteurs Littéraires (CITL) in Arles. The offer is aimed at literary translators from Switzerland and international translators of Swiss literature. They can apply for residencies of various lengths in Straelen and Arles to work on …

Francfort en français, Frankfurter Buchmesse 2017

Swiss literature in Frankfurt

Following the invitation of France, Switzerland participated in the «Francfort en français» programme at the 69th Frankfurt Book Fair in October 2017 with well-received contributions by 12 authors from the French-speaking part of the country, the Romandie. As guest of honour at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair from 10 to 15 October, France placed the …


«Have you also written anything?»

Patric Marino in Split (Croatia), August 2016 In the summer of 2016, I spent one month as a writer in residence in Split, Croatia, yet the impression remains that I could just as well have gone to Rimini to write in peace and become acquainted with a new culture. Nevertheless, I’m grateful for the experience, …


I consider travelling an essential part of being a writer

Michael Fehr at Sangam House, India, January 2017 I spent one month as a writer and performer in India and Sri Lanka. My perceptions are an important source for my thoughts and for the flights of fancy which, born from these thoughts, then take on a life of their own. This sphere of the imagination …