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


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


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

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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


Episode 23: Cervantes Theatre London

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On episode 23, Literary Southtalked to the theatre director Paula Paz, co-founder of the Spanish Theatre Company.

After two years of endeavour Paula and her associate, the actor Jorge de Juan, will open in London the first theatre dedicated to Spanish and Latin American plays: the Cervantes Theatre.

Cervantes theatre will open its door to London-audiences on the 15th of November 2016 with the classic play by Federico Garcia Lorca Blood Wedding. Info here.

Mentioned in this episode: 


  • Cervantes Theatre Company’s website




  •  Carmen Linares



Episode 22: Out of the Wings with co-director Catherine Boyle

Sound engineer: Oscar Pérez.

On this episode we talked to Catherine Boyle, co-director of Out of the Wings about why translations matter (yes, we borrowed the name from Edith Grossman’s book).

“One of the things translation does is, it renews our language. So, if I translate from Spain, from Chile, from Colombia, from Mexico then I’m bringing different perspectives on perhaps ideas that we have here. Problems that we have here. And as I bring those new perspectives I might be bringing new languages and new ways of thinking about the problems we have here or the joys we have here. The ideas we have here.

“Translation is about renewal. We thrive in a world where we share with other communities and other languages and other cultures. That is the way of the world.”

Catherine Boyle
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Episode 19: Author, poet and singer song-writer Isabel Ros-López

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Author, poet and singer song-writer Isabel Ros-López talked with Literary South about the influence that the Spanish dictatorship had on her as an artist. She also shares a short story, a poem and sings a song she harvested from Venezuela’s folk.

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Edited by

Chicana writer, feminist activist, poet, essayist, and playwright Cherry Moraga


Queer Chicana poet, writer, and feminist theorist Gloria Anzaldúa

Forword by

Toni Cade Bambara

The Bridge poem by poet Dona Kate Rushin


Soledad Bravo sings Cantos de Trabajo (Venezuela’s folk)

Victor Jara Te recuerdo Amanda

Daniel Viglietti Dale tu mano al indio

Related content:

Isabel Ros-López singing The Hummingbird

Poem Where are the women? by Isabel Ros-López (read by Sofia Buchuck)

Poem Thinking of you by Consuelo Rivera-Fuentes (Read by Isabel Ros-López)


Episode 18: Bolivian poet Denisse Vargas

On episode 18, Bolivian poet Denisse Vargas shares three poems and talks about why she started writing, the different collectives she is part of here in London, and books she loves.

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Episode 17: Poet and performer Ernesto Sarezale

Ernesto Sarezale is a cognitive scientist, published poet, performer, stand-up and cabaret act and video artist from the Basque Country.

Sound engineer: Oscar Pérez.

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Episode 16: Philosophical Toys by Susana Medina

On this episode author Susana Medina answers questions that readers sent through social media about her novel Philosophical Toys.

“Thoughts take up many shapes and one of them is fiction. I think philosophy is intrinsic to fiction as fiction explores ways of being in the world.
In fiction we are dealing with existence, moral or amoral choices, ethics, the limits of self-knowledge. In some sense fiction is philosophy.”

Sound engineer: Oscar Pérez
Photo courtesy of: Paul Louis Archer

Episode 15: Author & Journalist Enrique Zattara

“If I mention Hegel or Kant or Aristoteles, for example, everyone thinks of a philosopher, no doubt! but if I speak about Pascal or Unamuno probably most people do not consider them as philosophers but only as thinkers. Actually, I think that it’s a nonsense. Anyone who devotes a substantial part of their life to reflect about the great mystery of life or the universe, using a complex philosophical system or not, with certification or not, is a philosopher! It’s an attitude of life not only an accumulation of erudition.”
Sound engineer: Oscar Pérez


Photographer: Brayan López.