Writer & journalist
Mirko Beetschen was born in Interlaken, Switzerland, in 1974 and grew up on Lake Thun. After his studies of English and American Literature, Media Sciences and English Linguistics, follow stays in the US and England, bigger and smaller jobs as bookseller, cave guide, playing bus supervisor and magazine editor. He has been working as a writer, freelance journalist and entrepreneur since 2005. He is co-owner of the Bergdorf agency.
With Stéphane Houlmann, Mirko Beetschen has produced the interior books «Bergwärts» (DVA, 2012), «Men's Homes» (Knesebeck, 2013) and «Wohnort Zürich» (DVA, 2014) as well as the «Insider Guide Bern» (Zytglogge, 2019).
His first novel, the psychological thriller «Schattenbruder» (Bilgerverlag), was published in 2014. For his second novel, the Gothic novel «Bel Veder» (Zytglogge, 2018), he received the Literature Prize of the Canton of Bern in 2019. In 2020 he published a first series of art cards from his photo project «Urban Wanderings».
His new novel, the thriller «Das Haus der Architektin» will be out in March 2023 (Zytglogge).
Books & cards
Trapped in the mountains
«With ‹Bel Veder›, author Mirko Beetschen successfully creates a visually stunning and thrilling Gothic novel, in which he playfully messes with the reader's expectations. The setting is an old grand hotel in the Swiss Alps in the autumn of 1946.»
Literary Commission of Bern's Office of Culture
Insider Guide Bern
Mirko Beetschen & Stéphane Houlmann
The authors present a personally curated selection of around 60 Bernese hotspots in German and English. Restaurants, shops, cafés and bars are just as important as places of culture, architecture and outdoor spaces. The short, bilingual texts are supplemented with city maps and photographs by Lorenz Cugini.
What if you invited someone in and they wouldn't leave ...?
Mirko Beetschen’s debut novel is a psychological puzzle about identity and appearances, a multi-layered thriller with a surprising outcome.
Men's Homes, Wohnort Zurich, Bergwärts
Mirko Beetschen & Stéphane Houlmann
«Bergwärts» (2012) shows contemporary living in the Swiss Alps, «Men's Homes» (2013) presents extraordinary homes of men across the world, and «Wohnort Zürich» gives a glimpse of Zurich's rich design life.
«Bern. Geordnete Verwunderung»
Mirko Beetschen's ongoing photo project «Urban Wanderings» is part of the exhibition «Bern. Geordnete Verwunderung» in the Kornhausforum Bern.
From September 09 2022 to
October 16 2022
Gallery, 2. floor
«Bel Veder» -
a Gothic play
Lights out. Mental cinema on!
Dulcimer artist Barbara Schirmer and writer Mirko Beetschen bring the latter's award-winning Gothic novel «Bel Veder» on stage. Music, strange sounds and noises from the dulcimer accompany the (German) reading and create a haunting, almost cinematic experience – goosebumps guaranteed!
October 28 2022
Castle Rued, Schloss Rued
Press & awards
Literary award for «Bel Veder»
Mirko Beetschen is awarded with the literary prize of Bern's Office of Culture 2019. – «With ‹Bel Veder›, author Mirko Beetschen successfully creates a visually stunning and thrilling Gothic novel, in which he playfully messes with the reader's expectations. The setting is an old grand hotel in the Swiss Alps in the autumn of 1946.»
«The rest of Switzerland likes to scoff about Bern’s proverbial slowness and that things don’t move here. In their well written and beautifully illustrated guide, Mirko Beetschen and Stéphane Houlmann prove that this prejudice definitely doesn’t apply to the local culture and gastronomy scene.»