Speakers Bios

        Speakers Bios

Laurie Theurer

Laurie Theurer has been writing for children and adults since 2012. Her stories draw on her childhood in California, two years in Peace Corps Thailand where she taught secondary school English, and the past 20+ years living in in a small village near Zurich, Switzerland. Her debut non-fiction book, Swisstory: The Untold, Bloody, and Absolutely True History of Switzerland, (Bergli Books, 2019) won the prestigious 2020 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award.

Her flash fiction, short stories, essays, and poetry have been published in literary magazines, in anthologies, and online. She’s especially addicted to the moment where mere words flow and meld into something magical.

Anita Lehmann

Anita Lehmann is an award-winning, internationally published author. Born and bred in Berne and with an MA in Social History from Geneva University, she currently lives in Cambridge (UK). Her latest picture book Slobber Slobber Kiss Kiss (Helvetiq, 2019) has been shortlisted for the German Jugendliteraturpreis 2020. She was winner of the Geneva Literary Prize for Non-fiction in 2018, and of the Winchester Festival Prize for Flash Fiction in 2016.

The Princess and the Prick, a feminist gift book for adults was published with Harper Collins in October 2020, and The Geneva Chronicles, an illustrated history of Geneva for children (Bergli Books, 2021) is forthcoming in spring 2021.


Barbara Nigg

Barbara Nigg works as a freelance copywriter specializing in corporate communications for the professional services sector. She’s written speeches and video scripts, a guide to writing winning proposals, technical blog articles, and offered training on how to write for the web. She’s also written the introductory chapter on the history of biomechanics for an award-winning university textbook.

As a side-gig, she writes and illustrates her own short stories and fairytales. Barbara has an MA in Depth Psychology and Mythology and is currently working on a picture book project. She lives in Uetikon am See.



Alnaaze Nathoo

Writer and Humanitarian worker, Zurich-based author Alnaaze A. Nathoo writes both fiction and non-fiction. Her essays and short stories have been published on Writers Edit and in Quail Bell Magazine.

An active member of the writing community in Switzerland, she was on the Steering Committee of the Geneva Writers group, where she organized events and acted as treasurer. She also writes personal essays and commentaries for her blog, Letters I Haven’t Written Yet.



Katie Hayoz

Katie Hayoz has lived in Geneva since 1997 where she has been involved with the Swiss writing community for nearly twenty years. She was director of the Geneva Writers’ Conference in 2016 and 2018, and assistant director in 2012 and 2014. She has organized, taught, and attended numerous writing-related workshops and classes throughout Switzerland.

Her work has placed in international contests, including the Mslexia International Children’s Novel Competition and the Europe/British Isles Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Undiscovered Voices Competition. She’s published picture books and novels and has written video scripts for the international market. Her essays, short stories, and poems have appeared in magazines, anthologies, and online.