English Programme


Your favourite English speaking writers in Morges for Le livre sur les quais

Come to Morges to meet over 280 international writers (speaking both in French and English) performing on the shores of Lake Geneva during the weekend of the 1st - 3rd September. Marc Levy is the President of this year’s festival, and Ireland is its Guest Country of Honour.

Celebrated literary stars and debut writers, poets and translators, and authors of crime fiction, travel writing, non-fiction and books for children and teenagers will give talks, readings and join panel discussions. Events, both in French and English, will take place on the shores or during cruises on Lake Geneva or in the beautiful old town of Morges. Some English speaking events will be translated into French.


Some highlights of English language programme : 


Friday 1st September


Irish Encounters - Anne Enright, Paul McVeigh, Donal Ryan - «The Future of Irish Literature/L’avenir de la littérature irlandaise»

Animé par Matthew Wake, en anglais avec traduction de Lesley Viet-Jacobsen,

Salle Sainte-Jeanne


Saturday 2nd September


Jason Donald, Melissa Fleming, Hisham Matar - «Exile, Memory and Refugee Experience»

Hosted by Edward Girardet, Caves de Couvaloup



Irish Encounters - Sara Baume, Anne Enright, Donal Ryan - «Turbulent Families»

Hosted by Helen Stubbs Pugin, Caves de Couvaloup



Emanuel Bergmann, John Boyne - «Writing History»

Hosted by Helen Stubbs Pugin, Caves de Couvaloup


Sunday 3rd September


Sophie Hannah, Denise Mina, Ruth Ware - «Writing Crime»

Hosted by Edward Girardet, Caves de Couvaloup



Diccon Bewes, Clare O'Dea, Padraig Rooney - «Switzerland, Brexit and the New European Reality»

Hosted by Edward Girardet, Caves de Couvaloup



Geneva Writers’ Group will host a round table discussion during a cruise on Lake Geneva.  Paul McVeigh, Kit de Waal - « Debut Novelists on Writing and Publishing »

Hosted by Elizabeth Coleman, Croisière CGN - Le Lausanne


There will also be three creative writing workshops run by Jason Donald (Fiction - Saturday, 15h30-17h30), Susan Jane Gilman (Fiction - Sunday, 10h30-12h00) and Susan Tiberghien (Non-fiction - Sunday, 15h30-17h00).  All at Bibliothèque Municipale.