About the event
Join Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel, author of By Night The Mountain Burns, The Gurugu Pledge and forthcoming Cuando a Guinea se iba por mar (2019) in conversation with José An. Montero and Inés Villodre as part of the London Spanish Book & Zine Fair 2020.
Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel was born in 1966 in Equatorial Guinea, Africa’s only Spanish-speaking country. His parents were from the remote Annobón Island, off the West African coast. The Gurugu Pledge is his second novel to appear in English, and follows his 2015 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize-shortlisted debut By Night The Mountain Burns, which was based on his memories of growing up on Annobón.
Ávila Laurel has been a constant thorn in the side of his country’s long-standing dictatorial government. A nurse by profession, for many years he was one of the best known Equatorial Guinean writers not to have opted to live in exile. But, in 2011, after a week-long hunger strike in protest against Obiang’s regime, timed to coincide with the President of Spain’s visit to Equatorial Guinea, Ávila Laurel moved to Barcelona. He writes across all media, in particular as a blogger, essayist and novelist.
José An. Montero (Spain)
Journalist, geographer and creative director. He is currently professor of Didactic of Geography and Social and Cultural Environment at the University of Castilla-La Mancha and creative director of the MakingUCLM Laboratory, from which he has directed several documentaries, magazines, classical theater collections and urban artistic intervention projects. He has been the artistic director of various museum projects such as the interpretive planning of the Roman city of Valeria and the Ethnographic Museum of Huete. He is part of the SocialGIF research team, specialized in Fire Ecology and Circular Economy.
In journalism, he is editor of Nueva Tribuna (Público) at the cultural section, director of Espacies and the environmental education magazine La Circular. Author of the podcast Radio Difference (ElDiario.es CLM) and regular contributor to cultural magazines such as La Tundra, Artez, Viceversa Magazine, Íkaro, Lima Gris, Diario Folk, Yaconic and Nokton Magazine.
Inés Villodre (Spain)
Cultural journalist. Editor in Espacies and presenter of the homonymous program of Radio Difference. Collaborator in numerous media such as La Tundra, Nueva Tribuna, Íkaro and Todo Literatura, where she specializes in new narratives.
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