The Swiss German PEN Centre joined the ICORN and set up its residency in 2015. In cooperation with the city of Luzern, they offer a studio apartment in the very heart of the city with a view on Mount Pilate.
Luzern is the first city in Switzerland to join ICORN, and provides ICORN writers with a safe place for continued creative and literary activity. The apartment used to be a working space for the Swiss writer Otto Marchi, who unfortunately became a victim of the tsunami hitting Thailand in 2004.
Luzern is a beautiful medieval town in the center of the Swiss German speaking part of Switzerland. With a population of about 80,501 people, it is the most populous city in Central Switzerland. It is called the Gate to the South because it is situated at the Lake of Lucerne, which used to be the waterway to the Gotthard Pass, a mountain pass in the Alps. Bern and Zürich are within easy reach by public transport. Luzern is a culturally rich town hosting two literary festivals: the “Literaturfest” and “woerdz”, latter focusing on Spoken Word.
In November 2015, Luzern has welcomed Daniel Mekonnen, a renowned human rights activist and translator from Eritrea, as its first ICORN guest writer.