#33 Chile! Author Gonzalo C. Garcia and poet & singer-songwriter Violeta Parra

Sound engineer: Oscar Perez

On the first half of this episode we interviewed the Chilean author Gonzalo C. Garcia about his debut novel, shortlisted for the Edinburgh First Book Award, We are the end.

We Are The End, is a book heavily influenced by Gonzalo C. Garcia’s marked interest in Santiago de Chile, the relationship between video games, digital culture and everyday constructions of narrative.

In the interview, Gonzalo C. Garcia talks about how music triggered his interest in writing, the music scene in Santiago de Chile, the process of writing his first novel, being a lecturer in creative writing; while sharing some tunes from his We-are-the-end-playlist.

Gonzalo C. Garcia currently teaches creative writing at the University of Warwick. We Are the End is his debut novel.

On the second half of the episode and celebrating the 100 birthday of the poet and singer-songwriter Violeta Parra, we invited the academic, poet and author Consuelo Rivera-Fuentes to talk about the remarkable woman that Violeta Parra was.

Mentioned in this episode:

Indy publisher: Galley Beggar Press

Music band: Miss Garrison

Author: Sherman Alexie

Gonzalo C. Garcia’s playlist 

Chilean composer, songwriter, folklorist, ethnomusicologist and visual artist Violeta Parra

Décimas

Academic, writer, poet and publisher Consuelo Rivera-Fuentes was featured on episode 9!

Songs of Violeta Parra shared in this episode:

Gracias a la vida

Volver a los 17

 

Episode 29: Book club edition – Bookshops by Jorge Carrión

On episode 29, author Jorge Carrión answers questions about his long essay Bookshops.

Listen and discover the way Jorge Carrión linked the world using as connection all the bookshops he visited during 20 years of travelling.

Sound engineer: Oscar Pérez

Piano and book’s excerpts reading: Dave Rothlisberger

 

Mentioned in this episode:

Manifesto against Amazon (Spanish): Contra Amazon: siete razones / un manifiesto

 

Episode 28: The Bowie Neurotransmitter by Susana Medina

 

Sound engineer: Oscar Pérez.

Susana Medina learned English by translating David Bowie’s songs into Spanish when she was a teenager living with her family in Spain. Since then Bowie was a permanent presence in her life. Following Bowie’s death in 2016, Susana was shocked when a friend told her that there was no message in David Bowie’s music. From this statement Susana Medina started to build an argument in her head that evolved into this essay tribute to David Bowie.

Mentioned in this episode:

Piece of paper press

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

Jorge Luis Borges

Julio Cortazar

 

Episode 27: Bookshop stories

 

On episode 27 we decided to do a small homage to bookshops by sharing three bookshop stories:

The first one is a small bookshop and theatre in London called Calder Bookshop & Theatre.

The second one comes from a Cuban musician who discovered a book by Julio Cortazar, in a bookshop in Santiago de Compostela, that would led her to a very ambitious musical project.

The third one is from Spanish author & singer-songwriter Isabel Ros-Lopez who we interviewed on episode 19. Isabel talks about Pepe Negrete’s bookshop during the years of Franco’s dictatorship.

Mentioned in this episode:

Calder Bookshop & Theatre:

Jamila Purofilin

Jamila Purofilin website

Poet and Singer-songwriter Isabel Ros-Lopez

Pepenegrete Bookshop in Malaga

Episode 26: Artist, poet & fiction writer Daniella Valz Gen

Daniella Vals Gen is an artist, poet and fiction writer from Lima, Peru. On this episode Vals Gen shares some of her poetry and talks about her different projects. Including a reading group, and two books she is working on.

Mentioned in this episode:

Daniella Vals Gen website

Poets

Cesar Vallejo

Martin Adan

Jose Maria Eguren

 

Book: Ocean Vuong’s Night Sky with Exit Wounds

 

 

Sound engineer: Oscar Pérez

Music: Raíz by Bomba Stereo downloaded from the Free Music Archive under a Creative Commons license.

 

 

Episode 25: Book club edition – Colonel Lágrimas by Carlos Fonseca

Sound engineer Oscar Pérez

We are 25! And coming of age!!!

In episode 25, author Carlos Fonseca answered questions that readers sent throughout the month about his debut novel Colonel Lágrimas.

Colonel Lagrimas is Loosely based on the fascinating life story of the eccentric mathematician Alexander Grothendieck. Using an experimental narrative, Colonel Lágrimas is a collage of information. A film seen through the lens of a camera that transforms the reader into an active observer.

“Nowadays in our information era there is nothing more false than linearity, we don’t live in a linear world. We live in a place where we gather information from here and there constructing collages, so I wanted to experiment with a novel that processes information in the new ways in which we are accustomed through Twitter, Facebook. Like an information saturated society that picks and chooses almost like a rag-picker.”

Carlos Fonseca

 

Mentioned in this episode:

 

 

 

 

Episode 24:Thebes Land the new theatre play directed by Daniel Goldman

Sound engineer: Oscar Pérez

On episode 24 we talked to Theatre director Daniel Goldman about his latest project: directing the play Thebes Land.

Written by Uruguayan playwright Sergio Blanco, Thebes Land is a play with a twist. A twist within a twist.  An autobiography fictionalised, a fiction that really happened.  Is that meta enough for you?


Thebes Land premieres in the UK on 30 November 2016 at  Arcola Theatre.

Listen and get infected with Daniel’s enthusiasm…
 We certainly did!

Mentioned in this episode:

Manizales International Theatre Festival

CASA Latin American Theatre Festival in London

Teatro San Martin de Buenos Aires

UK’s  independent drama publisher Oberon books

Recommended books:

  • The brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • War and peace by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Gallery of photos courtesy of Arcola Theatre:

Photographer: Alex Brenner