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Markus Kirchhofer at Long Night of LiteratureS 2016

Swiss German author Markus Kirchhofer will represent Switzerland at the Long Night of LiteratureS 2016, an evening of literary encounters.

Speed dating can be a lot of fun, especially if each encounter is from a different European country!

List of participating authors

Vea Kaiser, Austria
Jean-Pierre Orban, Belgium
Makenzy Orcel France
Line Hoven, Germany
Mátyás Sirokai, Hungary
Laila Wadia, Italy
Johan Harstad, Norway
Jacek Dehnel, Poland
Gabriela Ybarra, Spain
Markus Kirchhofer, Switzerland

Here’s presenting literature enthusiasts the opportunity to speed-date with
10 authors from
10 European countries in
07 different European languages!

Join in for an evening of literary encounters in French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish and Spanish with authors from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, Spain and Switzerland. The authors will present readings of their texts in their respective languages as well as in English.

On Friday 23 September 2016 at 5:30 pm
at Instituto Cervantes, 48 Hanuman Road, New Delhi
Entry by prior registration. Email longnightlit(at)gmail.com to register.
Registration open from: 12th – 20th September 2016

An initiative supported by the European Union, this evening of readings is a collaborative presentation by Austrian Cultural Forum, Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium, Institut Français en Inde, Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre, Italian Embassy Cultural Centre, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Polish Institute, Insituto Cervantes, Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council and Embassy of Switzerland.

The format encourages the audience to listen to many authors through the course of the evening. Each author reads to an audience of about 12-15 people for 20 minutes. Then group then moves to the next room to listen to another author. This concept allows the audience close interactions with the authors.

About Markus Kirchhofer, Switzerland

Markus Kirchhofer was born in 1963 in the Canton of Aargau in Switzerland. He worked as a cultural interpreter at the Stapferhaus in Lenzburg Castle after which he studied in Paris. Subsequently, he worked as a teacher (1993-2010) and later as a teacher trainer (1996-2013). He has been a freelance writer since 2013. Markus Kirchhofer wrote his first poems when he was seven, guided by his teacher Jannis Zinniker. He authored ten graphic novels, which he published together with the Swiss illustrators Diego Balli, Hannes Binder, Reto Gloor, Melk Thalmann and Silvan Wegmann as well as with Iranian illustrator Parsua Bashi.

His first solo publications, a volume of poems titled “Eisfischen” (2014) and a book of short stories “Der Stachel” (2016), were published by the Knapp Verlag in Switzerland. Apart from his books, Markus Kirchhofer has written columns and been involved in theatre and exhibition making. Markus Kirchhofer’s literary works have received numerous awards. He recently received grants from the Aargau Kuratorium (2014) and Pro Helvetia- Swiss Arts Council (2015). Markus and his wife Brigitte Vogt, a pharmacist, have been living in Oberkulm (Switzerland) since 1997.