#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 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 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 13: Playwright Aldri Anunciãçao talks about Namibia, não!

All the way from Salvador de Bahía playwright Aldri Anunciãçao and Out of the Wings translator Almiro Andrade talk about the award winning theatre play Namibia, Não!

“You have to read a play before it’s on the stage and the first readers of the play are the actors, the director and the crew. If you do not catch the attention from the crew it will not be on the stage so I think that you have to write a play better than if it was a novel because it’s the way to get it to the stage”

Aldri Anunciãçao

 

Episode 2: Storyteller Jorge Naranjo

On the second episode of Literary South, author Jorge Naranjo reads an excerpt in Spanish from his short story Juan y la Muerte (Juan and the Death) which is part of the book Fantasmas, Amor y Más.

While talking about his solo bike ride through Latin America, Jorge reads an early draft in Spanish of a short story dedicated to his bike, which he calls La Burra (The Donkey).

 

Mentioned in this episode:

  • Film The Bicycle Thief

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