An article in the local press

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The above article in French (click to see full size page) under the title: In the heart of a former institute for young girls in Saint-Blaise, Alan McCluskey writes novels in English, was published today in the local weekly called the Bulcom announcing the coming exhibition of my work on September 23rd (2-6pm) at Mureta 2, CH-2072 Saint-Blaise. Thanks to Claude Zweiacker for the interview. Below is our translation into English of Claude’s article.

In the news by Claude Zweiacker: At the heart of a former institute for young girls in Saint-Blaise, Alan McCluskey writes novels in English

The prestigious cosmopolitan institution for young girls, La Châtelainie, brought added verve to life in Saint-Blaise from 1880 to 1976. Today, Alan McCluskey and his wife Huguette are established in the apartment which was once the headquarters of the boarding school management: a place conducive to creativity.

With his wife, sculptor and coach, he offers a table d’hôtes for seniors (once a month) and bed and breakfast (a few weekends a month).

Born in Kent, England, 75 years ago, Alan McCluskey, after university studies, lived in France, then in Switzerland. Passionate about the development of new technologies, he taught, among others, at the Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne ECAL and at the University of Fribourg.

However, he always wanted to write novels. In 2011, he published his first book The Reaches. Since then, he has written 18 (12 have been published): two million words! He created his own publishing house Secret Poths Editions. He promotes his works, which he composes and illustrates himself, through the social networks like Facebook, Instagram and Linkedin. Books can be ordered online.

What are Alan McCluskey’s sources of inspiration? He explains: “As I walk around the village…ideas occur to me and I write them down on my iPad!”

His latest novel is called: The In-Between. He sums it up: “It’s the story of a young girl. Her grandfather is a well-known physicist who discovered that there is a unique passage between multiple universes. She uses it to pass from one universe to another in search of a cure to heal her grandmother who is suffering from Alzheimer’s.” He suddenly interrupts his story.

And what’s next? A smile. He continues: “I don’t know how the story is going to end. The work is still in progress!”

To mark his 75th birthday, Alan McCluskey is opening his apartment on rue de Mureta 2 to the general public, on Saturday September 23, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. This will be an opportunity to see an exhibition of his photos, videos, notebooks and books . A life of writing and creativity.

Claude Zweiacker

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