Joyce Carol Oates
Born in Lockport, New York, in 1938, Joyce Carol Oates is one of the great figures in contemporary American literature. A prolific author, she has published more than fifty novels and has a varied production of stories and essays. Some of her most outstanding books are The Gravedigger´s Daughter; Little Bird of Heaven; A Widow’s Story: A Memoir; Blonde; Carthage; Faithless: Tales of Transgression, and Lovely, Dark, Deep: Stories, all published in Spain by Alfaguara. A strong contender for the Nobel Prize for years now, she divides her time between writing and the courses she teaches at the University of Princeton, in New Jersey. Her latest novels are Jack of Spades: A Tale of Suspense. (Alfaguara, 2016) and A Book of American Martyrs (Alfaguara, 2017).
(Madrid, 1971) is a writer, poet, translator and publisher. Her last book published was Las Efímeras (Galaxia Guttenberg, 2015). She is also the author of the short story collections El mes más cruel (Impedimenta), for which she was named FNAC’s Literary Talent, and Viajes inocentes (Páginas de Espuma), for which she obtained the Ojo Críticio Narrative Prize, as well as the novels Las hijas de Sara (Alianza Editorial) and El hombre de espaldas, I Opera Prima Prize for New Narrators, 1999. Pilar Adón has translated works by authors such as Henry James, Penelope Fitzgerald and Edith Wharton, and many of her own stories have also been translated into several languages.
(Madrid, 1917-1998) A writer of fiction, poetry, theatre and the prolific author literature for children and young people. The general public mainly associates Gloria Fuertes with her literary production for children, sometimes forgetting the fact that she was a woman who was ahead of her time, a feminist, pacifist, always on the side of the disadvantaged, and above all an essential figure in Spanish poetry of the post-war era whose legacy cannot be understood without humour.
He is the most original comic at present in Spain. Known for his role as ‘Loco de las coles’ on La hora chanante, for his characteristic muted scream and for sucking the nipples of his audience, Ignatius Farray is an extreme stand-up comedian, with a sense of humour that rejects the limits and distances itself from all conventions. He collaborates on several radio and television projects such as La vida moderna (La Ser) and the program Late Motiv with Buenafuente. He is also the star of the acclaimed series El fin de la comedia, produced by Comedy Central in collaboration with Movistar+, which narrates his life in a humorous way.
She was born in Murcia and holds a degree in Law. She combined the defence of rapists with writing until she opted to look at things and describe them. With humour. Watch television and describe it (more commentary than criticism), watch politicians and describe them, look at life and describe it. Like Ronald Firbank, she believes that frivolity is the most defiant refinement of satire. Always linked to Grupo Vocento, she writes her columns without flourishes, “with no intent other than making a joke a tiny revolution”, as Orwell would say. Rosa Belmonte is also a collaborator on Onda Cero.
In 1979 the actors Joan Gràcia, Carles Sans and Paco Mir founded the gestural theatre company Tricicle, where humour is the main base of their shows. Fourty years later, they have accumulated success and recognition with an extensive and varied curriculum —Manicomic, Exit, Slastic, Terrific, Entretrés, Sit, Garrick, Spamalot, Bits and Forever Young, along with their work in television, advertising and radio. They are currently on tour with the show Hits which as the name suggests, contains the greatest hits of Tricicle.
She is a writer and journalist. She has a long trajectory in press, radio and television. She is the author of several essays, biographies and novels and in 2013 she won the Fernando Lara Prize with Luisa y los espejos. Her last book is A menos de cinco centímetros, published by Espasa.
He was born in Bilbao in 1965. He holds a doctorate in Philosophy and a degree in Classical Philology and Law. In 1996 he began to work with the Juan March Foundation, and in 2003 he was appointed its director, a role that he currently holds. He obtained the National Essay Prize in 2004 for his first book, Imitación y experiencia, which, along with Aquiles en el gineceo and Ejemplaridad pública, forms a trilogy devoted to the experience of life. He has compiled his essays and lectures in Ingenuidad aprendida and in Todo a mil. He writes in newspapers, magazines and cultural supplements and collaborates on the “24 hours” radio news program on RNE (Spanish National Radio).
(Durango, Bizkaia, 1964) holds a degree in History of Art from the Complutense University in Madrid. In 1994 he was appointed deputy director of the Reina Sofía National Art Museum where he remained until 1996. Since 2002 he was held the role of the director of the Museum of Fine Arts in Bilbao, where he launched a significant modernisation of its activity and infrastructures. In January 2002 he was appointed director of the Prado National Museum, a role that he held until March 2017, when he returned to the director role at the Museum of Fine Arts in Bilbao.
(Alburquerque, Badajoz, 1948) was a professor of literature at the Madrid School of Dramatic Arts and visiting professor at the University of Yale (United States). He became known with Juegos de la edad tardía (Critic´s Prize and National Prize for Narrative), a novel that was followed by Caballeros de fortuna, El mágico aprendiz, El guitarrista, Hoy, Júpiter, Retrato de un hombre inmaduro, Absolución, El balcón en invierno (Booksellers of Madrid Book of the Year Prize and the Dulce Chacón Prize) and La vida negociable. All his works are published by Tusquets. He also wrote the literary essay Entre líneas: el cuento o la vida, and he compiled his short pieces in ¿Cómo le corto el pelo, caballero?
Javier Pérez Andújar
(Sant Adrià de Besòs, 1965), holds a degree in Hispanic Philology from the University of Barcelona, and is the author of Los príncipes valientes, Todo lo que se llevó el diablo, Paseos con mi madre, Catalanes todos and Diccionario enciclopédico de la vieja escuela. Thanks to his collaborations in the Catalan edition of El País he received the 2014 Premi Ciutat de Barcelona for media. He currently writes reports on the Catalonian Parliament for the same media outlet.
holds a Doctorate in Journalism and a Degree in Information Science, Political Science and Sociology. His entire professional career has been linked to the newspaper El Correo, where has worked for the Economics, Local, Society and Culture Sections.
He is currently also assistant director at this newspaper. He is the author or co-author of a dozen books and won the Miguel de Unamuno Essay Prize in 2006. César Coca also teaches Journalism at the University of the Basque Country as well as the El Correo Journalism Master’s Program at the same university.
Juan Pablo Villalobos
(Mexico, 1973) has investigated subjects as diverse as the ergonomics of toilets, the side effects of drugs against erectile dysfunction and eccentricity in the Latin American literature of the first half of the 20th century. Anagrama has published all of his novels, which have been translated into more than a dozen languages: Fiesta en la madriguera, Si viviéramos en un lugar normal and Te vendo un perro. His last novel is No le digas a nadie que me crea, which earned him the 34th Herralde Novel Prize.
(Madrid, 1963). Essayist, novelist and critic. Holder of a degree in Hispanic Philology from the Autonomous University of Madrid. He gained his doctorate in the United States, the country where he taught for seven years. He was a researcher at the University of Amsterdam, ad he later worked as Professor of Spanish Literature at several Spanish universities before settling at the university of Almería. He made his debut with Fabulosas Narraciones por Historias (1996), a novel that won the Tigre Juan Prize. Tusquets Editores published the definitive edition in 2007. For the same publishing house, he has published Ventajas de viajar en tren, Reconstrucción, Un momento de descanso and his last book Los cinco y yo.
She has been a practising journalist and vocational communicator for more than twenty years, she has done television as a reporter, writer of programs and documentaries and as a presenter on ETB, Gestmusic, Canal Natura, Canal Beca, Canal Meteo and Canal 4 Navarra. She began telling stories in the press in the now defunct newspaper Navarra Hoy and has combined work in the audiovisual medium with stages as an editor of books and the web on GeoPlaneta and as a freelance editor of the Routard Guide and other travel guides, as well as the author of informative works. She enjoys writing, she has published a book of short stories and each week she produces a column in the Diario de Noticias de Navarra and contributes to a magazine show on Radio Euskadi. Although the profession does not make things easy for her, from time to time she is still in love with it.
was born in 1964 in the small Bosnian town of Modriča, deserted the Balkans War in 1992. Before being conscripted he was a journalist and writer. He also talked about music on the radio. After fleeing, he was captured but he managed to escape and he sought refuge in France, where he currently lives. He left behind his family, home and all of his manuscripts, which were destroyed by the war. In 1994 the French publisher, Le Serpent à Plumes published his extraordinary first book, Los bosnios (Periférica, 2013), which made him the centre of attention of critics. In 2016 Gallimard published Manual de exilio, recently translated into Spanish by the publishing house Periférica, where Colic recounts with humour, brazenness and wisdom how he escaped from Bosnia and arrived in France as a refugee, going from being a normal citizen to a forced exile.
is a reporter for different sections of El País newspaper, where he has worked in several managerial rules such as editor-in-chief of the International section, elpais.com and director of the cultural supplement Babelia. He has worked as a special envoy in more than 20 countries; including, among others, the conflicts of Afghanistan, Iraq and Lebanon. He has given lectures at Spanish and international universities and is professor of the principles of journalism at the El País School / Autonomous University of Madrid. He also worked for the agency France Presse and at the newspaper El Sol which is no longer in publication.
(San Sebastián, 1977). Among many other projects, he worked as scriptwriter for the famous comedy program on ETB-2 “Vaya semanita” and was co-writer with Diego San José, of the big commercial success “Ocho apellidos vascos”. He is the director of the feature films Pagafantas (2009), No controles (2011), Negociador (2014) and Fe de etarras (2017).
(Bilbao, 1959). He was a script writer for comics (El Víbora, Cimoc…) and television series (Farmacia de guardia, Turno de oficio…). Among other books, he has published the volumes of short stories Páginas ocultas de la historia (1999), written with Fernando Marías, and La taberna de los 3 monos (2000). He is the author of the novels El oro de los carlistas (2001), Alacranes en su tinta (2002), La cuenta atrás (2004), Voracidad (2006), Basque Prize for Literature, Ostras para Dimitri (2012) and Pájaros quemados (2015). He also written the miscellaneous works Tratado sobre la resaca (2003) and La resaca del amor (2009) and a compilation of articles El número de tontos (2007). He has been translated into French, German, Italian, Russian, Bulgarian, Norwegian, and Basque. He is an opinion columnist for El Correo. In 2010 he came up with the idea for the Ja! Bilbao Festival and he directs it.
(Ibahernando, Cáceres, 1962) is the author of novels such as Soldiers of Salamis, The Anatomy of a Moment, The Impostor and the recently published El monarca de las sombras. All his works are published by Literatura Random House. His work also includes an essay, La obra literaria de Gonzalo Suárez; and three miscellaneous volumes: Una buena temporada (1998), Relatos reales (2000) and La verdad de Agamenón (2006). His books have been translated into more than thirty languages and have obtained several national and international prizes.
He began his professional trajectory as an editor on Radio San Sebastián with SER, where he was later in charge of the News programs on the channels of this station in Basque. During that period, he worked on both radio and ETB (Basque television) with the journalist Iñaki Gabilondo and he was a correspondent for the agencies Colpisa and Servimedia. In September 1998 he was appointed assistant director of the newspaper DEIA. He has directed and hosted several radio programs such as ´Boulevard´ on Radio Euskadi and ´Egun Euskadi´ on Onda Vasca. He currently directs and presents the daily program “En Jake” on ETB-2. He is a columnist on the newspapers of Grupo Noticias and on Orain.eus
(Bilbao, 1947) began his professional career at Radio Popular, where over the course of eighteen years he worked on different cultural programs. During the same period, he worked on TVE and on different supplements of Egin and El Correo. In 1984 he joined Radio Euskadi and two years later he joined ETB.
Since 1987 he has presented and codirected the literary program Pompas de papel and since 1995 he has presented the program on cinema La Noche de…
(Bilbao, 1971) he writes, draws, films, produces, organises parties, and sometimes thinks…A confessed cinephage who suffers chronically from this illness, he adores comics and popular culture. He is a regular collaborator on publications such as El Correo and Primera Línea. He has published several important works as the author of cartoon strips, including “Contigo nunca” and “Cortocuentos”, and the book of stories and columns, “Usted no es una persona normal”. He ran the publishing house Subterfuge Comix, he is responsible for the programming of Termicómic, GRAF, the Getxo Comic Fair and Tracking Bilbao, in addition to other cultural management work. He hosts the radio program “La Hora Caníbal” on Bi FM. He has directed short films such as “Snuff 2000”, lots of video clips and the low budget film “Neuroworld”.
She developed her professional career in the United States, where she studied for a Doctorate in Hispanic Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before moving to the University of Lehigh (Pennsylvania). For 13 years she combined her teaching work with her management role at the university´s Humanities Centre for research and other academic management roles, while also developing her research and publication agenda. She returned to Spain in 2016. She is now fully devoted to writing and collaborates with media outlets such as La Marea and El Correo. She has published the essay El eco de los disparos: cultura y memoria de la violencia (The Echo of Shots: Culture and the Memory of Violence) (Galaxia Gutenberg, 2016) as well as her recent novel ´Mejor la ausencia´, also with Galaxia Gutenberg.
Sergio del Molino
(Madrid, 1979) is a writer and journalist. Winner of the Ojo Crítico and Tigre Juan Prizes among others, for La hora violeta, he is also the author of the novels Lo que a nadie le importa (2014) and No habrá más enemigo (2012). His essay La España vacía (2016), won the Booksellers of Madrid Prize for the Best Essay, the Cálamo Prize for Book of the Year and was one of the ten best books of 2016 in Spain according to Babelia. His last novel is La mirada de los peces (2017). He maintains several collaborations in different media outlets, such as El País, Onda Cero, Mercurio and Eñe.
(Barcelona, 1961) is the author of a handful of Spanish rock songs that have become classics. At the end of the eighties, at the peak of his fame, he left behind the electric guitar and the group he played in (Loquillo y Los Trogloditas) to devote himself exclusively to books. He surprised with his debut Corre, rocker (2000), praised by critics and the public alike, which was followed by Limusinas y estrellas (2003) and Hotel Tierra (2006), a happily ironic look that serves to soften the toughness of the experience. He then published Historia del hambre y la sed. He is now returning to Anagrama with Literatura universal, his most ambitious work. He continues to play and occasionally compose.
Juan Carlos Ortega
He began working at RNE with Javier Sardá at the age of 18; since then he has been a regular collaborator on radio and television, it is worth highlighting his participation on El lobo estepario with Jesús Quintero, on La radio de Julia with Julia Otero and La ventana with Gemma Nierga, and his interventions on television shows Crónicas Marcianas and Channel 4, with Ana García Siñeriz and Boris Izaguirre. He currently collaborates with Pepa Fernández on the RNE program No es un día cualquiera and with Andreu Buenafuente on Late Motiv on Movistar+. He also has a slot on Cadena Ser, Las noches de Ortega. In 2016 he was awarded the Premio Ondas for his professional trajectory.
She is a journalist. She currently directs and presents the program Más Que Palabras, on Radio Euskadi, a channel on which she has also been the outstanding voice on news and programs since the 90´s. She has directed special programs from abroad and has participated as a speaker in seminars and professional congresses in the communication sector, most recently at “Ideas to change the world”. She has published articles in the daily press –Qué Nervión and El Correo– and provides her voice for dubbing on feature films, television series and documentaries. In theatre, she has been part of the Basque group Pakidermo during several seasons.
Mursego is the musical project of Maite Arroitajauregi (Eibar, Gipuzkoa, 1977). A graduate in cello from the Vitoria School of Music, she is a composer and performer. In addition to the cello, in her compositions she uses a loop station, whistle, cymbals, slide whistle, theremin, tambourine, ukelele, autoharp, rhymes, hand clapping and voice. Although her main training was in classical music, she has also been influenced by pop and rock music groups such as Pixies, Sonic Youth, Atahualpa Yupanqui, Víctor Jara and Mikel Laboa. She has also composed the soundtrack for different film projects
(Lasarte, 1975) holds a degree in law, but he soon turned to writing. Among his books, it is worth highlighting El turista perpetuo, Twist and Jazz y Alaska en la misma frase, all published by Seix Barral. He has twice obtained the Euskadi Prize for Literature and has won the Critics Prize the same number of times. Influenced at the beginning by film noir, dirty realism and pop culture, his themes and style, lightly enveloped in a redeeming irony, have been gradually refined in his last few works. Having defined himself at times as a “frustrated musician”, he collaborates regularly with several singers and artists from the Basque scene.
François Le Diascorn
Born in 1947 in the French city of La Flèche, in the department of Sarthe, he is a photographer linked to the humanist school. His photographs have been exhibited in several museums and galleries, in both Europe and America, and they form part of many institutional collections such as the Centre Pompidou, the Cartier Foundation, the National Centre of Plastic Arts and the National Library of France and the European House of Photography. His photography collections Only in America (2010) and Only in Paris (2014) are published by Éditions Créaphis.
Asier y Javier
Asier Sanz (1969) y Javier Gamboa (1965), dibujante y guionista respectivamente, forman esta pareja de humoristas gráficos. Se definen como “dos seres humanos que tenemos la fortuna de dedicarnos a la risa y ser de Bilbao”. Han publicado en Diario 16, Diario Metro, Deia y El Jueves, entre otros medios. En 2013 publicaron el álbum ‘¡Sálvese quien podamos’ y ganaron el VI Concurso Internacional de Humor Gráfico Caragoler. Colaboran en el periódico Bilbao.