Posture and Greatness

Why do the words of some seem filled with a quiet, unhurried power, a presence that impresses, whereas most of the words uttered by people lack presence?

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Prof Bernadette Charlier
Prof. Bernadette Charlier giving her farewell lecture at Fribourg University

Posture – a tricky concept

In her farewell lecture yesterday evening at Fribourg University, Prof.… Read more

Free to be who you really are…

“Real freedom is being free to be who we really are” says Épicène quoting Don Miguel Ruiz. But who are you? And are you free to be that person in public?

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Real freedom

The transgender association Épicène has chosen to highlight a quote from the Mexican author, Don Miguel Ruiz, who says (my translation), “Real freedom is being free to be who we really are.” … Read more

An Undeniable Truth

At the heart of the trans identity is a conviction that they have a right to assert and be recognised for a gender that does not correspond to the sex assigned to them at birth. What is the nature of this conviction and how does it stand up to being challenged?Read more

Changing stories

About the key role stories play in our world and how we can counter the potential damage their misuse might cause.

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Changing stories

The following short text was inspired by writing The Boy in the Book (to be published soon) which explores a world where it is possible to modify reality by intervening in the stories we tell.Read more

Fact or fiction – colourful answers

So you don’t like fiction. Yet your lives are criss-crossed with stories of your own invention. Fiction has its advantages. It offers an intimate glimpse into unfamiliar perspectives like that of the Colourful People struggling with their gender identity.

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Fact or fiction?

The following questions and responses were inspired by reactions to my newsletter entitled, A touch of colour – a new novel in the making.Read more

The Stories People Tell

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Stories are a major subject of all my novels and I am currently toying with the idea of writing a story devoted to a person who is stuck in a very unpleasant story told by a sinister author.

“Stories are an important part of our life,” someone once claimed, pleading for the importance of novels, but the truth of the statement goes way beyond that.… Read more

Handling complexity

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I presented the opening chapter of my new novel at the fiction master class organised by the Geneva Writer’s Group last weekend. The main point raise by some of my fellow participants and Tim Lott, our teacher, was the complexity of my plot and story.… Read more