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(Flavia Álvarez-Pedrosa, Barcelona, 1987) studied Arts and Design along with Illustration, both at the Escola Massana in Barcelona, juggling all imaginable jobs. At the age of 26 and after giving up with any other style, she began to draw humorous cartoons, based on a simple line and the humour of someone who no longer expects anything. At 29 she was able to abandon office living thanks to articles in S Moda, Orgullo y Satisfacción, Revista Mongolia and El País. She has published the books ‘Curvy’ (Lumen, 2016), ‘Las cosas del querer’ (Lumen, 2017), ‘Archivos estelares’ (¡Caramba!, 2017), ‘Archivos cósmicos’ (¡Caramba!, 2019) and ‘Archivos Espaciales’ (¡Caramba!, 2020). In 2018 she won the Gat Perich International Humour Prize. Her work has been portrayed as sad humour, a mixture of everyday life and absurdity.
Juan Soto Ivars
Was born in Águilas (Murcia) in 1985. He is the author of the novels ‘Ajedrez para un detective novato’, ‘Siberia’ and ‘La conjetura de Perelman’ as well as the book ‘Un abuelo rojo y otro facha’. His latest published works are the novel ‘Crímenes del futuro’ and the essays ‘Arden las redes: la poscensura y el nuevo mundo virtual’ as well as ‘La casa del ahorcado: Cómo el tabú asfixia la democracia occidental’ (both published by Debate). He is a columnist for El Confidencial and El Periódico de Catalunya, a regular guest on the radio programmes Julia en la Onda (Onda Cero) and Hoy empieza todo (Radio 3), as well as on television with Els Matins (TV3). He is married and has had a son. Since then, he says, he doesn’t give a damn about anything else.
Ana Iris Simón
(Campo de Criptana, Ciudad Real, 1991) studied in public schools in Aranjuez. After that, she studied Journalism and Audiovisual Communication at the Rey Juan Carlos University while working at Desigual as a shop assistant and at the Telefónica building on Madrid’s Gran Vía as a guide. She began her career as a journalist in the Lifestyle section of TELVA magazine and, after that, she was an editor at VICE España and a scriptwriter at RTVE’s Playz. Her first book is called ‘Feria’ (Círculo de Tiza, 2020) that, after selling more than twelve editions, has become a literary and social phenomenon. She is currently a columnist for El País and contributes to various media outlets.
Hervé Le Tellier
(Paris, 1957) is a writer, editor, mathematician and a well-known literary critic. He has contributed to a number of written and radio media outlets such as Le Monde and France Culture, as well as to several satirical publications. He is considered one of the most prestigious authors on the French contemporary literary scene, with an extensive oeuvre that combines poetry, theatre, novels and humorous stories. He has been the editor of authors such as Raymond Queneau and Georges Perec, founder and member of the experimental avant-garde narrative group Oulipo, to which Le Tellier has been a member since 2002 and has been Chairman since 2019. In 2020, he won the Goncourt Prize with his latest novel, La anomalía (Seix Barral), which has become a publishing event in France that is set to be repeated in our country.
Pablo Martín Sánchez
(Reus, 1977) holds a PhD in French Language and Literature from the Université de Lille and a PhD in Literary and Art Theory and Comparative Literature from the University of Granada. He has published a collection of short stories ‘Fricciones’ (2011), the novels ‘El anarquista que se llamaba como yo’ (Acantilado, 2012), ‘Tuyo es el mañana’ (Acantilado, 2016), ‘Agatha’ (2017) -a book written in cooperation with Sara Mesa- and ‘Diario de un viejo cabezota’ (Acantilado, 2020). He has translated authors such as Marcel Schwob and has translated into Spanish the French literary phenomenon of 2020, ‘La anomalía’, by Hervé Le Tellier. As the latter, he is a member of the experimental avant-garde narrative group Oulipo, being the only Spanish member.
(San Sebastián, 1959), author of the collection of short stories such as ‘Los peces de la amargura’ and ‘El vigilante del fiordo’ and novels such as ‘Fuegos con limón’, ‘Viaje con Clara por Alemania’ and ‘Ávidas pretensiones’. Even before ‘Patria’, he was considered one of the most outstanding authors in the Spanish language, but it was the literary and social phenomenon of this book that established him as an international writer. ‘Patria’ has earned him several awards, including the Premio Nacional de Narrativa, the Premio Nacional de la Crítica, the Euskadi, the Francisco Umbral, the Strega Europeo, the Premio Internazionale Giuseppe Lampedusa and the Athens Literary Prize. Five years later he published a new novel, ‘Los vencejos’, at his usual publishing house, Tusquets.
(Bilbao, 1980), a graduate in Journalism from the UPV/EHU, she is a regular columnist for the newspaper El Correo and the municipal newspaper Bilbao, and sometimes works in communication and the organisation of conferences and events. She has participated in the creation of audiovisual scripts and written, in cooperation with other authors, books on family and collective memory such as ‘Bakio: el pueblo habla a través de sus símbolos’ (Bakio: the town speaks through its symbols) and ‘Un viaje de ida y vuelta. Peripecias de la familia Goffard por Europa’ and the novel ‘El hacedor de titulares’. Alone and flying solo, she is the author of texts such as ‘Historia de una escuela: Escuelas Zabala’ and ‘Nicolás María de Urgoiti. Castillos de papel’. She reads fast, laughs a lot.
(Pazos Hermos, Ourense, 1973) wanted to be a painter, writer and musician; today he does it all at the same time by devoting himself to cinema. His films include ‘Buried’, ‘Red Lights’ and ‘Blackwood’, where he has worked with Robert de Niro, Sigourney Weaver, Ryan Reynolds and Uma Thurman. As a writer, he has published two collections of “anti-aphorisms, short stories and hand bombs”, ‘A las 3 son las 2’ and ‘Dormir es de patos’, and the novel ‘Sí importa el modo en que un hombre se hunde’. He writes for ABC’s Verbolario newspaper section – satirical dictionary – and is a regular writer on its third page. He participates in the podcasts Todopoderosos and Aquí hay dragones with Arturo González-Campos, Javier Cansado and Juan Gómez Jurado. His second novel is ‘Los años extraordinarios’ (Literatura Random House), recently published.
(Madrid, 1969) is a comedian, actor, broadcaster, scriptwriter and an unhealthy geek with an intolerance to maturity. He has appeared in El Club de la Comedia and in plays such as ‘5 hombres.com’ and ‘Vivir así es morir de humor’. Together with El Monaguillo, he hosted the radio programme La Parroquia every night for eight years. As nobody can ever stop him, he has also written three books with El Club de la Comedia, the seven books of La Parroquia and four more books for the Todopoderosos collection. For the last six years he has been directing, together with Javier Cansado, Rodrigo Cortés and Juan Gómez-Jurado, the podcast Todopododerosos. He is also the co-producer of Aquí Hay Dragones, and Mi Año Favorito with Dani Rovira. He also excels at making a gazpacho that doesn’t heartburn because he doesn’t put cucumber in it. On top of it all, he is probably one of the most handsome men on earth.
Javier del Pino
(Madrid, 1964) is a journalist with a degree in English philology. In 1988 he began working at Cadena SER. After working on news programmes such as ‘Hora 25’, he served as Washington correspondent for fifteen years. Since 2012 he has directed and presented ‘A vivir que son dos días’, the leading weekend morning show in Spain, a programme featuring humour as a key element. Antena de Oro and Ondas are some of his awards.
(Valencia, 1973) is a filmmaker, best known for his fantasy and horror films. After co-directing with Jaume Balagueró (with whom he also worked on the first two releases of Rec, a mockumentary starring Manuela Velasco) ‘OT: La película’, he made his first solo feature film, ‘El segundo nombre’, followed by ‘Romasanta’, ‘Rec3: Génesis’, ‘Verónica’ and ‘Quien ha hierro mata’. His latest film is ‘La abuela’, soon to be released.
(Bilbao, 1959) was a scriptwriter for comedy radio soap operas, comics (El Víbora, Cimoc…) and television series (Farmacia de guardia, Turno de oficio…). He has published, among other books, collections of short stories ‘Páginas ocultas de la historia’ (1999), written with Fernando Marías, and ‘La taberna de los 3 monos’ (2000). The novels ‘Alacranes en su tinta’ (2002), ‘La cuenta atrás’ (2004), ‘Voracidad’ (2006, Euskadi Literature Prize), ‘Ostras para Dimitri’ (2012) and ‘El refugio de los canallas’ (Alrevés, 2017; Dashiel Hammett Prize 2018). His work has been translated into French, German, Italian, Russian, Bulgarian, Norwegian and Basque. He is an op-ed columnist for El Correo. In 2010 he conceived and currently runs, with Carolina Ontivero, the Ja! festival. His latest novel, published this year by Alrevés, is ‘Una cuestión de alcohol’.
Cristina Fernández Cubas
(Arenys de Mar, Barcelona, 1945) has published six short story books – ‘Mi hermana Elba’, ‘Los altillos de Brumal’, ‘El ángulo del horror’, ‘Con Agatha en Estambul’, ‘Parientes pobres del diablo’ and ‘La habitación de Nona’ (Premio Nacional de Narrativa 2016 and Premio de la Crítica 2015) -, three novels – ‘El año de Gracia’, ‘El columpio’ and ‘La puerta entreabierta’ (under the pen name Fernanda Kubbs) -, a theatre play – ‘Hermanas de sangre’ – and a highly original book of memoirs, ‘Cosas que ya no existen’. Her work has been translated into ten languages. She is considered to be one of the best short story writers in Spanish literature, particularly outstanding in the fantasy genre.
(Bilbao, 1963) is a writer, columnist and current press officer at the University of the Basque Country. He has devoted much of his literary work to short fiction, with books such as ‘Los traficantes de palabras’, ‘La isla de Komodo’ and ‘Mañana será otro día’. In Páginas de Espuma, he has published ‘El mundo de los Cabezas Vacías’ and ‘Nuestra historia’, winner of the Setenil Prize for the best collection of short stories in 2017. In 2018 he published ‘Lecturas pendientes’, a diary linked to his experience as a reader and writer. His novels have been translated into Italian and French, and his short stories into English, Basque, Polish and German. Antes del Paraíso’ is his latest collection of short stories.
Was born in Albacete in 1974 and graduated in Fine Arts at the Faculty of Cuenca. He soon took his first steps towards humour alongside Julián López, Raúl Cimas and Ernesto Sevilla, whom he has known since university. Later, Carlos Areces and Ignatius Farray joined the group. All together, he created programmes that have marked the humour of an entire generation, such as La hora chanante and Muchachada Nui, featuring Joaquín Reyes, who also performed skits and impersonated different characters. Equally multifaceted, he is a comedian, cartoonist, actor, stand-up comedian, TV host, scriptwriter and now also a writer. His humour has always been his trademark, and he has just published his first novel with Blackie Books, ‘Subidón’.
(Zumárraga, Gipuzkoa, 1973), a journalist at heart, dreamed of writing stories, of telling real or imaginary stories, and ended up in the “clutches” of what she calls “the best profession in the world”. A curious soul in her own right, this associate lecturer in Radio Narrative and Advertising at the University of Navarre is an empathetic practitioner who walks in the other person’s shoes and believes that all media are valid and should be at the service of the public, although radio is her passion. After working at Cope Madrid and Cope La Rioja, in 2002 she joined Cadena Ser and for the last nine years she has been directing the magazine ‘Hoy por hoy Bilbao’.
(Badajoz, 1958) is Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Valencia and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of East Anglia (UK). A specialist in the political and cultural history of Spanish and European liberalism in the 19th century, she is particularly interested in the relationship between history and literature and in the possibilities of biographical history. She is the author of the first critical edition in Spanish of Mary Wollstonecraft’s ‘Vindication of the Rights of Woman’ and Mary W. Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus’. In 2011 she received the National History Award for her work ‘Elizabeth II. A Biography’. Her most recent work is the biography of Emilia Pardo Bazán (2019) in the collection Españoles eminentes, directed by Fundación Juan March and published by Taurus.
(Madrid, 1963) is a PhD in Hispanic philology and for seven years he taught Spanish literature at American universities. He was a visiting researcher at the University of Amsterdam and is currently a tenured lecturer at the University of Almería. He has written novels such as ‘Fabulosas narraciones por historias’, ‘Ventajas de viajar en tren’, ‘Reconstrucción’ and ‘Un momento de descanso’, which have made him one of the most original and admired writers in contemporary Spanish literature. His latest books are ‘Los Cinco y yo’ and ‘Grandes éxitos’. All his work, distinguished by a mixture of transgression, comedy and academic writing, is published by the Tusquets publishing house.
(Bilbao, 1975) is graduated in Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations from the University of the Basque Country. She has been part of the organisation of the Ja! festival since its first edition in 2010, when it was still called La Risa de Bilbao. She currently directs it with Juan Bas and is mainly in charge of programming and communication. She values humour above all else. Even if her bedside table is full of books about mourning, wars and concentration camps. Or precisely because of that.
Oscar Tusquets Blanca
(Barcelona, 1941) is an architect, designer, painter and writer. He has received several awards for his professional career, including the National Design Award, the Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts and the insignia of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 1994 he emerged as an author of essays with ‘Más que discutible’ and is the author of books such as ‘Anna, Dalí y otros amigos’, ‘Réquiem por la escalera’ and ‘Pasando a limpio’, and of ‘Tiempos que fueron’, a childhood memoir written in conjunction with his sister Esther Tusquets. In Anagrama he has published ‘Todo es comparable’, ‘Dios lo ve’, ‘Contra la desnudez’ and, recently, ‘Vivir no es tan divertido; y envejecer, un coñazo’, his personal book of memoirs.
(Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, 1966) is a writer and journalist. She has spent most of her professional career at El País. Since 2009 she has published literary and current affairs columns in said newspaper, including the series Portera de Día which she created for Revista Sábado; in 2015 she began to contribute to the last page column on Thursdays and since 2017 on Sundays in the interview section ‘Gente con Luz’. She has worked in the news programme of Cadena Ser and currently cooperates with a variety of media and programmes such as Carles Francino’s La Ventana. In 2012 she published ‘Estereotipas’, a collection of 50 types of women based on op-ed columns that she had written for the newspaper El País and the magazine Elle for several years.
Was born in 1972 in Niort, France. After studying Arabic and Persian and spending long periods in the Middle East, he decided to settle in Barcelona in 2000. While there, he has been active in several cultural magazines, including the now extinct Lateral, and has taught Arabic at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Enard is the author of novels such as ‘El manual del perfecto terrorista’ (La Otra Orilla, 2007) and ‘Zona’ (La Otra Orilla, 2008), and already in Literatura Random House, ‘Habladles de batallas, de reyes y elefantes, ‘El alcohol y la nostalgia’, ‘Calle de los Ladrones’ and ‘Brújula’, winner of the 2015 Goncourt Prize. El banquete anual de la cofradía de sepultureros’, published by the same publishing house, is his most recent novel.
(Zaragoza, 1981) studied English and Hispanic philology at the University of Zaragoza. He has published the short story books ‘La edad del pavo’ (Xordica, 2001), ‘El fumador pasivo’ (Xordica, 2005) and ‘La vida cotidiana’ (Alfabia, 2011), and a family memoir, ‘Entresuelo’ in (Literatura Random House, 2013). His most recent books are the novel ‘Un hipster en la España vacía’ and its recently published sequel ‘La muerte del hipster’, both published by Literatura Random House. He has translated for authors such as Saul Bellow, Christopher Hitchens and N.S. Naipaul. He is responsible for the Spanish edition of Letras Libres magazine and is a columnist for El País.
(Vanves, France, 1963) is a writer and journalist. A regular contributor to the cultural pages of Libération and columnist for Charlie Hebdo, he was in the editorial office of the satirical weekly during the attack of 7 January 2015, a terrorist attack he survived. He is the author of the books ‘Les Îles’ (2011), ‘L’Élan’ (2013) and, above all, ‘El colgajo’ (Anagrama, 2018), with hundreds of thousands of copies sold in France and a successful translation into many languages, including Spanish. In 2018, this book was awarded the Femina and Roger Caillois awards as well as the Renaudot Special Prize. His most recent book is ‘Chroniques de l’homme d’avant’, a selection of articles published over twenty years in Libération and Charlie Hebdo by the “man of yesteryear” that Philippe Lançon used to be.
(Bilbao, 1957) PhD in Journalism and Graduate in Information Science and Political Science and Sociology. His entire professional career has been linked to the newspaper El Correo, where, in addition to being editor, he is also deputy director. Author or co-author of a dozen books, he won the Miguel de Unamuno Essay Award in 2006. He is also a lecturer in Journalism at the UPV/EHU as well as at the Master’s Degree in Journalism at El Correo and the UPV.
Josune Vélez de Mendizabal
(Gasteiz, 1977) studied theatre at the TAE and Baratza Aretoa, as well as at the University of the Basque Country, obtaining a degree in acting. She is the founder of the group Tranpola, and became known as a creator at the 2016 Zurrunbilo Festival with ‘Oingoan Bai! In 2017 she worked with the company Josune Parasite at the Vitoria International Theatre Festival, as part of the Enredados call. She currently works as an actress and distributor in the company Pez Limbo. In 2020 she created and produced ‘Kittorik ez!’ together with Ane Gebara and Jason Guerra, in a company they named Les Bobé-Bobè. Over the last year she has created the Mamiak ensemble along with Marina Ortiz de Suárez, Ander Gondra, Edu Zelaieta, Txema Ramírez de la Piscina and Irantzu Lekue.
Began to explore the world of storytelling in 2016. First in Madrid, at La escuela de Cuenta Cuentos, and later with the storyteller Héctor Uri. She took part in 2017 in the Ahoz Aho competition in Ordizia and has since participated in its festival. That same year, thanks to the Gazte Sortzaileak grant, she decided to take the plunge into storytelling for adults. She created the show ‘Harriak kontatu didatena’ alongside Itziar Rekalde. In 2019, she founded the group Las Marchanillas and the puppet show ‘Ardi latxa oihanean galdu zenekoa’ together with Marta Alzate. Once again, the Gazte Sortzaileak grant in 2018 enabled her to embark on theatre and she created the play ‘Kittorik ez!’ together with Josune Velez de Mendizabal and Jason Guerra.
(Galdakao, 1987). Graduate in Education and Diploma in Special Education at the UPV/ EHU, he acts as a clown, teacher and actor for film and theatre. Among his films, he has participated in the feature film ‘Maixabel’ by Iciar Bollaín, the short film ‘Si te mueres te mato’ by Erik Campos and the webseries ‘Hola mundo cruel’ by Tantaka TV. As a stage actor, he took part in the opera ‘Erwartung’ at the Arriaga Theatre in 2021, worked in the award-winning play ‘Amatxik dixit’ as well as in the show ‘Lurrak’. He will soon be a supporting actor in the feature film ‘Irati’ by Paul Urkijo and in the show Narziso, by Borobil teatroa. He won the award for Best Actor at the Pabellón 6 Short Theatre Conference. Salaketa. 2021 and the Kriseilu Award for best production in Basque at the Pabellón 6 Short Theatre Conference in 2019 for Amatxik dixit.
Was born in Arinzano (Lizarra-Navarra) in 1955 and lives in Bilbao. He was a member of the Maskarada Theatre group for several years and has participated as an actor in a number of plays staged by this group, such as ‘Negros’ by Darío Fo and Stalislaw Lem’s ‘Bitácoras estelares’. In 2000 he founded the theatre project Tartean along with Patxo Telleria and Jokin Oregi. In 2001, together with Patxo Telleria, he created the theatre project ‘ez dok Hiru Bikoteatroa’. They have been working together for years as an artistic duo in theatrical projects, creating, producing and performing plays such as ‘Euskara Sencilloaren Manifiestoa’ or ‘Desentxufatuak’. He has also worked as a director, actor, scriptwriter and assistant film director, as well as a teacher. He is the creator of the ‘Café Bar Bilbao’ theatre awards.
Was born in Bilbao in 1960. In 1985 he began as a performer in the independent theatre company Maskarada, where he took his first steps as playwright. Since then he has combined playwright along with acting and directing. Together with Aitor Mazo and Lander Iglesias, he founded the company Txirene. In 2000 he founded the theatre project Tartean with Mikel Martinez and Jokin Oregi. Bikoteatro: Ez Dok Hiru, is his theatrical project with Mikel Martínez. Both have been working for years as an artistic duo in theatrical projects, creating, producing and performing plays such as ‘Euskara Sencilloaren Manifiestoa’ or ‘Desentxufatuak’. For a decade he combined his work as an actor and playwright with that of a television scriptwriter, writing scripts for series such as ‘Ertzainak’ and ‘Goenkale’. He also wrote and directed, together with Aitor Mazo, the films ‘La máquina de pintar nubes’ and ‘Bypass’.
(Barcelona, 1943) began working as a journalist at a very young age, contributing to publications such as Fotogramas and the humour magazines Por Favor and El Papus. For decades she was notably linked to the newspaper El País, where she worked in all genres of journalism, from social chronicles and film reviews to war journalism. She is also the author of several books, including the comedy novels ‘Oh, es él!’ (Oh, it’s him!) and ‘Ceguera de amor’ (Blind Love). She became one of today’s leading novelists with ‘Mientras vivimos’, the novel that earned her the Planeta Award in 2000. In 2006 she received the Gold Medal for Fine Arts for her contribution to culture. Although she claims to be “today more than ever retired from the limelight”, she continues to appear in media such as Mongolia magazine and Buenafuente’s programme ‘Late Motiv’.
(Oviedo, 1980) is, together with Darío Adanti, one of the creators of the satirical magazine Mongolia. He also writes film reviews for the newspaper La Nueva España as well as for the magazine Cinemanía and is a guest on Andreu Buenafuente’s programme ‘Late Motiv’ and on Onda Cero’s ‘Más de uno’. He is the author of the essay ‘Morir de pie. Stand-up (y Norteamérica)’ (Ed. Rema y vive, 2014), he participates in the anthology book ‘Todavía voy por la primera temporada’ (Léeme libros, 2014). In 2020 he published the essay ‘El síndrome Woody Allen’ (Debate).
Was born in Madrid in 1971, although he lives in Barcelona. He has participated in many written media -La Marea, Mongolia, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Lecturas, 20 minutos, Público-, in radio -Onda Cero, Cadena Ser-, and in television -TVE and La Sexta, in the programme ‘En el aire’ with Andreu Buenafuente. He is currently a guest contributor and assistant director of Andreu Buenafuente’s programme ‘Late Motiv’ on Movistar+. Author of the novel ‘Mansos’, published by Caballo de Troya and republished this year by Alfaguara, and the essay ‘Cuando haces Bop ya no hay stop’ (Temas de hoy). Author of the Tumblr ‘Días Ajenos’. In March 2017, the publishing house Somos libros published the first volume of these diaries under the title ‘Días ajenos – Primavera/Verano’ (Spring/Summer). He is currently working on the second part, under the title ‘Otoño/Invierno’ (Autumn/Winter). In 2021 he has created, written and starred in the series Maricón perdido, broadcast on TNT España.