Live event: Open Mic at the London Spanish Book & Zine Fair

Literary South has partner with the London Spanish Book Fair to bring a fascinating poetry event on the 2nd of October 2022!

Featuring poets:

Patrizia Longhitano, Natalia Figueroa, Ana Maria Reyes, Karlina Veras, Julio Etchart, Elspeth Penfold, Ana Gomila Domenech, Naia Frias, Isabel Ros Lopez, Caro Fassa, Mabel Encinas.

Live event: Nathalie Teitler, Cristina Bendek & Karina Lickorish Quinn

Date and time Fri, 13 May 2022, 19:00 BST

On leaving and returning: a FLAWA Festival conversation between two debut novelists and a literary activist who has been promoting diversity in the UK for over 20 years and is now working on her first novel. Join Nathalie Teitler, Cristina Bendek and Karina Lickorish Quinn talking to Silvia Rothlisberger about their fiction writing on leaving and returning.

Cristina Bendek is a Caribbean author, born on the island of San Andrés (Colombia) in October 1987. In 2018 her first novel, Salt Crystals, won the Elisa Mújica National Novel Prize (Colombia). The novel has been translated into Portuguese (Moinhos, 2021), and Danish (Aurora Boreal, 2020), and now appears in English translation for the first time with Charco Press, which will also launch the novel in Spanish for the North American readership. Some of her work has also been translated into German. Cristina is also a journalist but spends her time researching Caribbean literature and writing fiction. She lives in Berlin.

Dr Nathalie Teitler was born in Buenos Aires and did a PhD in Argentine poets. She has worked promoting inclusivity in British arts, especially literature for 25 years.  She is the Director of the Complete Works- an initiative that had a significant impact on the landscape of British poetry. She is also the founding Director, along with poet Leo Boix, of Nuevo Sol, an organisation developing British Latinx writers and building links with Latinx & Latin American writers around the world. She is working on her first novel, exploring gender, colonialism & race that is set in the tango scene of Buenos Aires in 1900.

Karina Lickorish Quinn is a Peruvian-British writer and a lecturer at the University of Leeds. Her short prose has been published widely including in Wasafiri, The Offing, Palabritas, and the Journal of Latina Critical Feminism. She was featured in Un Nuevo Sol, the first major anthology of British-Latinx writers. Her debut novel The Dust Never Settles (Oneworld, 2021) examines the legacy of colonialism in Peru. It will be published in Spanish as El Polvo Nunca se Asienta by Editorial Arde in May 2022. Karina is working on her second novel and a short story collection. She is represented by Seren Adams at United Agents.


Rich Mix 35-47 Bethnal Green Road – London E1 6LA

Date and time Fri, 13 May 2022, 19:00 BST

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Live Event: FLAWA’s Poetics in Motion

I’m really happy to be curating some of the Literary events at this year’s FLAWA Festival (a festival in London dedicated to highlight the work of Latin American women artists).

Poetics in Motion Saturday 14 May 2022, 19:00 BST

Featuring poets Maia Elsner, Janel Pineda, Yvette Siegert, Sofía Vaisman who will be performing alongside open mic-ers; live music by the all-female bewitching Witchas!, and dance performance by the traditional dance group Somos Chibchas.

Open mic: Wish to share your own work on stage? Sign up on the night to enter your name into the open mic lucky dip draw – 6 slots 3 minutes each, selected at random.

Maia Elsner was born in London to Mexican and Polish Jewish parents. Her debut collection, overrun by wild boars (flipped eye, 2021), explores the dislocation of lives, communities, objects, and histories through migration and the legacies of colonisation. Most recently she has been involved in a film collaboration with Latin American artists across the diaspora, and in a poetry-postcard project that explores the refugee experience through troubling the line between verbal and visual arts.

Janel Pineda is a Los-Angeles born Salvadoran poet, educator, and the author of Lineage of Rain (Haymarket Books, 2021). Since her involvement with the 2018 Radical Roots Delegation, Pineda is also a member of the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES). She holds an MA in Creative Writing and Education from Goldsmiths, University of London and is currently pursuing an MPhil in Latin American Studies at the University of Cambridge.

Yvette Siegert is the author of Atmospheric Ghost Lights, selected for the 2021Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship Award. Her debut collection, a winner of the James Berry Poetry Prize, explores the civil war in El Salvador and is forthcoming from Bloodaxe Books. Shortlisted for the PEN Award for Poetry inTranslation.

Sofía Vaisman Maturana was born in Santiago, Chile 1993. Composer, poet, andmusic improviser. In 2019 awarded with the Victorina Press Poetry Awards (runner up), London. She currently publishes monthly chronicles of her experience as a boater for ‘Salvoconducta fanzine’ (Santiago, Chile).

Witchas! A music and arts collective based in London created by Latin Americanmigrant women and the daughters of Latin American migrants. They fusionBullerengue and other afro latin rhythms to create and experiment with new soundsand to inhabit cultural spaces usually dominated by male presence.

Somos Chibchas is a cultural association involving dance, music, visual arts and theater, focused on research, practice, preservation and diffusion of traditional Colombian culture and dances. Based on the study of old and new rhythms mostly focused on traditional dance movements and how they influence new dances developed for different genres of music.

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