2019 Guests

Elvira Lindo

Saturday 5 october

19.00h. Sala BBK

Elvira Lindo

Aged just nineteen, she began working as an actress, presenter and scriptwriter on Spanish National Radio. Indeed, her popular character Manolito Gafotas emerged out of this radio scripts. Her work, mainly published by Seix Barral, includes novels such as ‘Something More Unexpected than Death’, ‘What I Have Left to Live’ and ‘Places I Don’t Want to Share with Anyone’; the diary ‘Sleepless Nights’ and her chronicles for El País in ‘Don de Gentes’ and ‘Tinto de verano’. Her latest book is ‘30 Ways to Doff your Hat’. She was awarded the National Prize for Children´s and Young People´s Literature, the Biblioteca Prize for ‘A Word from You’ and the International Journalism Prize in 2015. She has also written several film scripts and is a regular collaborator in the newspaper El País.

Txani Rodríguez

Saturday 5 october

19.00h. Sala BBK

Txani Rodríguez

(Llodio, 1977) is a journalist, script writer and writer. She collaborates in different media outlets such as the newspaper El Correo and the programme ‘Pompas de papel’ (Paper Bubbles) on Radio Euskadi. She has published the novels ‘Lo que será de nosotros’ (What will become of us) (Erein, 2009), ‘Agosto’ (August) (Lengua de Trapo, 2013) and ‘Si quieres, puedes quedarte aquí’ (If you want, you can stay here) (Ed. Tres Hermanas, 2016); the book aimed at children ‘Artzaina naiz eta zer ‘(Elkar, 2013); the book of stories ‘El corazón de los aviones’ (The Heart of Aeroplanes) (Elea, 2006) and five comics for the publisher Sauré, notably including ‘The Race of the Sun’.

Fernando Marías

Tuesday 24 september

19.30h. Sala BBK

Thursday 3 october

20.30h. Sala BBK

Fernando Marías

(Bilbao, 1958) He is a novelist, scriptwriter and publisher. With more than thirty published books, he has received numerous awards, notably including the 2001 Nadal Prize for ‘El niño de los coroneles’; the 2005 Ateneo de Sevilla Prize for ‘El mundo se acaba todos los días’; the 2005 Dulce Chacón Narrative Prize for ‘Invasor’; the 2006 National Prize for Children and Young People´s Literature for ‘Cielo Abajo’; the 2010 Primavera Prize for his novel ‘Todo el amor y casi toda la muerte’ and the 2015 Biblioteca Breve Prize for ‘La isla del padre’. Fernando Marías is also the creator of the project Hijos de Mary Shelley (Children of Mary Shelley), a platform that produces literature, music, performances and theatrical monologues.

Tatiana Tibuleac

Thursday 26 september

19.30h. Sala BBK

Tatiana Ţîbuleac

Chișinău, Moldova, 1979. Holder of a degree in Journalism, she became famous as a press columnist and television presenter working on social programmes. In 2014 she published the book of stories ‘Modern Fables’ and two years later her first novel, ‘The Summer When My Mother’s Eyes Were Green’, which made her a literary phenomenon in Romania and in France, similar to what has taken place in Spain since its publication by Impedimenta in 2019. Her second novel is ´The Glass Garden´, which has not yet been published in Spanish. At present, she continues to work as a journalist and lives in Paris.
She has received several prizes, notably including those awarded by the Union of Moldovan Writers and the Romanian literary magazine Observator Cultural.

Enrique Redel

Thursday 26 september

19.30h. Sala BBK

Enrique Redel

He was born in Madrid in 1971. In 2004 he founded the publisher Funambulista, which he left in 2007 in order to set up the publisher Impedimenta, alongside his wife, Pilar Adón. In 2008 the publishing company won the National Prize for Best Cultural Publishing Work, along side the other publishers of the Contexto group. His catalogue proposes a dialogue between the old and the new with authors such as Mircea Cărtărescu, Kingsley Amis, Iris Murdoch, Siegfried Lenz, Dubravka Ugrešić, David Lodge, Eduardo Berti, Jon Bilbao and Penelope Fitzgerald. His works have been recognised on several occasions with prizes such as the Libreter prize and the Euskadi de Plata award. He currently lives and works in Madrid.

Marian Ochoa de Eribe

Thursday 26 september

19.30h. Sala BBK

Marian Ochoa de Eribe

She was born in Bilbao in 1964. She holds a Doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of Deusto, and worked as a Spanish language teaching assistant at Ovidius University of Constanta (Romania) between 1993 and 1997. She has translated a large part of the works of Mircea Cărtărescu for Impedimenta: ‘Nostalgia’, ‘Lulu’, ‘Beautiful Strangers’, ‘The Levant’, ‘The Brown Eye of Our Love´, ‘Solenoid’ and ‘The LeftWing’ (Blinding,1). The direct translation into Spanish of the first of these titles earned herthe 2012 Estadio Crítico Prize for Translation for the best work translated into Spanish that year. She is also the translator of the Romanian authors Mihail Sebastian, Mircea Eliade and Panait Istrati.

Sabina Urraca

Friday 27 september

19.00h. Sala BBK

Sabina Urraca

Basque by birth, but raised in Tenerife, she has lived in Madrid for fifteen years. She has worked as an insurance salesperson, waitress, scriptwriter, reporter, television and advertising creative, presenter and marijuana trimmer. She collaborates as a journalist with the newspaper El País, in magazines such as Vice, Tribus Ocultas, El Estado Mental and Cinemanía, and on the programme ‘Hoy por hoy’ on Cadena SER radio station. She is also the author of the novel ‘Las niñas prodigio’ (Wonder Girls), published by Fulgencio Pimentel in 2017, and she participated in the anthology ‘La errabunda (Primer tratado ibérico de deambulología heterodoxa)’ (The Wanderer; First Iberian Treatise on Heterodox Walking), published by Lindo & Espinosa in 2018.

Elisa Victoria

Friday 27 september

19.00h. Sala BBK

Elisa Victoria

She was born in Seville in 1985. Among other things, her working life has included collecting Chabel dolls, selling pizzas and burgers wearing a red hat, studying Philosophy and synthesisers of the eighties. She is the author of the books ‘Porn & Pains’ and ‘La sombra de los pinos’, both published by the publishing house Esto no es Berlín. ‘Vozdevieja’ is her first and very promising novel. Published in 2019 by Blackie Books, it is into its third edition and has been acclaimed by critics and authors such as Elvira Lindo. She has also collaborated with publications such as Tentaciones, Tribus Ocultas, El Estado Mental, Vice and Primera Línea and has participated in different anthologies (‘Hijos de Mary Shelley’ (The Children of Mary Shelly), ‘Erotismo desviado’ (Wayward Erotism), ‘Frankenstein resuturado’ (Frankenstein Re-stitched).

Carolina Ontivero

Friday 27 september

19.00h. Sala BBK

Carolina Ontivero

Holder of a degree in Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations from the University of the Basque Country. She has been part of the organisation of Ja! Bilbao since its first edition in 2010, when the festival was still called La Risa de Bilbao. She is mainly in charge of programming and communication and is assistant manager. She values humour above all else. However, her bedside table is full of books about wars and concentration camps.

Íñigo Domínguez

Friday 27 september

20.30h. Sala BBK

Íñigo Domínguez

Born in 1972, he is a journalist at El País and collaborator on JotDown and on the program ‘A vivir que son dos días’, on Cadena SER radio station. He previously worked as a correspondent in Rome for almost 15 years for El Correo and the other newspapers of the Vocento group. With Libros del K.O. he has published ‘Mediterráneo descapotable. Un viaje ridículo por aquel país tan feliz’ (Convertibe Mediterranean. A Ridiculous Journey around the Very Happy Country), ‘Crónicas de la mafia’ (Mafia Chronicles), and its sequel, ‘Paletos salvajes. Crónicas de la mafia II’ (Savage fools. Mafia Chronicles II), which was published in the same year. He received the Cirilo Rodríguez prize in 2015, and Salvador de Madariaga prize in 2016 for journalism. For Domínguez, “there is not much to add without further increasing false expectations”. When he was young he won a hot air balloon trip in a writing competition and thought that writing could serve a purpose: it gave perspective”.

Juan Bas

Friday 27 september

20.30h. Sala BBK

Sunday 6 de october

19.00h. Sala BBK

Juan Bas

(Bilbao, 1959). He worked as a scriptwriter on comics (El Víbora, Cimoc…) and television series (Farmacia de guardia, Turno de oficio…). Among other works, he has published the volumes of stories ‘Páginas ocultas de la historia’, written with Fernando Marías, and ´La taberna de los 3 monos´. The novels ‘El oro de los carlistas’, ‘Alacranes en su tinta’, ‘La cuenta atrás’, ‘Voracidad’, Basque Prize for Literature, ‘Ostras para Dimitri’, ‘Pájaros quemados’ and ‘El refugio de los canallas’. The unclassifiable works ‘Tratado sobre la resaca’ and ‘La resaca del amor’, and the compilation of articles ‘El número de tontos’. His work 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 of the Ja! Bilbao Festival, and he directs it.

Carmen Iglesias

Saturday 28 september

9.00h. Sala BBK

Javier del Pino

(Madrid, 1964) is a journalist and holds a degree in English philology. He began working for Cadena SER in 1988. After participating in news shows such as “Hora 25”, he held the role of Washington correspondent for fifteen years. Since 2012 he has presented and presented “A vivir que son dos días”, the leading weekend morning show in Spain, and a program where humour plays a key role. He has been awarded the Antena de Oro and
Ondas prizes among others.

Marta Flich

Saturday 28 september

19.00h. Sala BBK

Marta Flich

She is an economist, actress and comedian. Having studied Economics, she worked in a bank for a few years until, seeking “a little creativity”, she made the move into acting. As an actress she has participated in several works of theatre, television series and feature films, but above all she is known for her work as a disseminator of economics and current politics from a scathing perspective packed with humour. With Grijalbo she has recently published ’Necronomía: El manual para entender la economía perversa’ (Necroeconomics: Manual for understanding the perverse economy). She has her own show on Onda Cero, ‘Salsa Flich’, and collaborates on television programmes such as ‘Ese programa del que usted me habla’ (That programme you talk to me about), ‘Late Motiv’ and ‘Todo es mentira’ (Everything is a Lie), presented by Risto Mejide.

Fernando Trías de Bes

Saturday 28 september

19.00h. Sala BBK

Fernando Trías de Bes

He is an economist and writer. Holder of a degree in Business Studies and an MBA from ESAFE and the University of Michigan, Trías de Bes has focused his research on the field of marketing and innovation. He is a regular collaborator in print media and radio, and is the author of several essays on economic issues, as well as novels and short stories.
Among the former, it is worth highlighting ‘Good Luck’ (co-authored with Álex Rovira); ‘The Little Black Book of Entrepreneurship’, ‘El hombre que cambió su casa por un tulipán’ (The Man Who Swapped His House for a Tulip) and ‘El gran cambio’ (The Big Change). His main works of fiction include ‘El coleccionista de sonidos’ (The Sound Collector); ‘Mil millones de mejillones’ (A Billion Clams) and ‘Tinta’ (Ink). He has just published ‘Yo soy así’ (This is How I Am) (Ed. Paidos).

Maruja Torres

Saturday 28 september

20.30h. Sala BBK

Maruja Torres

She began her journalism career at a very young age, collaborating on publications such as Fotograms and the comical magazines Por Favor and El Papus. A leading writer for decades in El País newspaper, she has worked across every genre of journalism, from social commentary and film reviews to war reporting. She is also the author of several books, including the comic novels ‘Desperately Seeking Julio’ and ‘Ceguera de amor’ (Blind with Love). With ‘Mientras vivimos’ (While we are Alive), the novel that earned her the Planeta Prize in 2000, she established herself as one of the leading novelists of our time. In 2006, she received the Gold Medal of Fine Arts for her contribution to culture.

Edu Galán

Saturday 28 september

20.30h. Sala BBK

Edu Galán

(Oviedo, 1980) is, alongside Darío Adanti, one of the creators of the satirical magazine Mongolia. He also writes film reviews in the newspaper La Nueva España and in the magazine Cinemanía and he is a collaborator on Andreu Buenafuente´s programme ‘Late Motiv’. Co-director of the ‘Make them Laugh’ University Extension course at the University of Oviedo, which studies humour and its circumstances, he is the author of the short essay ‘Morir de pie. Stand-up (y Norteamérica)’ (Dying on your feet. Stand-up (and America). (Ed. Rema y vive, 2014) and he participated in the collective book ‘Todavía voy por la primera temporada’ (I´m Still on the First Season) (Léeme libros, 2014).

(Foto: Gabriel Sanmartín)

Mercedes Cebrián

Sunday 29 september

19.00h. Sala BBK

Ana Morgade

A comic actress and presenter, she has participated in several comedy television programmes. She has been part of Andreu Buenafuente´s team; she has presented the satirical news show ‘Estas no son las noticias’ (This is not the news) alongside Quequé, and with Sílvia April ‘Las noticias de las 2’ (The news on 2); she stood out as a presenter on the last season of ‘El Club de la Comedia’ (The Comedy Club) and surprised the public with her performances on the fourth edition of ‘Tu cara me suena’ (I know your face). She currently collaborates on ‘El hormiguero’ (The Anthill) and has just announced that she will not appear again on ‘Zapping’, where she had participated since 2013. She also participates in the comedy section on the ‘A vivir’ programme on Cadena Ser and she has appeared in films such as ‘Bajo el mismo techo’ (Under the Same Roof) and ‘Con el culo al aire’ (Stranded).

Azul Tejerina

Sunday 29 september

19.00h. Sala BBK

Azul Tejerina

(Zumárraga, Gipuzkoa, 1973) A journalist by vocation, she dreamed of writing tales, telling real or imaginary stories and ended up getting her “paws” on what on what she calls “the best job in the world”. Naturally curious, this associate professor of Radio Narrative and Advertising at the University of Navarra, she uses empathy to put herself in the shoes of the other and she believes that all forms of media are valid and should be at the service of citizens, but the 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 directed the chat show “Hoy por hoy Bilbao”.

Andrei Kurkov

Wednesday 2 october

19.30h. Biblioteca Bidebarrieta

Andrei Kurkov

(Leningrad, 1961). He began to write at the age of seven when two of his three hamsters died and he decided to dedicate a poem about loneliness to the survivor. In that era, as a result of his Soviet education, he still dedicated texts to Lenin. He worked as a Japanese translator for the KGB and was a prison warden in Odessa, where he wrote his first children´s works. He is the author of twenty novels, several children´s books and he has created numerous documentaries, his work has been translated into thirty languages. An expert on the post-Soviet world, he comments on reality in Ukraine for media outlets around the world. ‘Death and the Penguin’, an international best seller reissued by Blackie Books in 2018, mixes black humour and the post-Soviet milieu. So too does ‘The Gardener from Ochakov’, the second book by Kurkov, recently published by the same publisher.

Guillermo Altares

Wednesday 2 october

19.30h. Biblioteca Bidebarrieta

Guillermo Altares

He works for the newspaper El País, where he has held several management positions such as editor in chief of the International section, elpais.com and head of the supplements Babelia and Ideas. He has been a special envoy in more than 20 countries, including the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, among others. Before El País, he worked at the branch of the France Presse Agency in Madrid and at the now defunct newspaper El Sol. He is the author of ‘Una lección olvidada: Viajes por la historia de Europa’ (A Forgotten Lesson: Journeys through European History) (Tusquets, 2018). He collaborates on the programme ‘La Cultureta’ on Onda Cero.

Luz Sánchez-Mellado

Thursday 3 october

19.00h. Sala BBK

Iban Zaldua

(San Sebastian, 1966) is a writer and history teacher at the University of the Basque Country. His works notably include the books of stories ‘Gezurrak, gezurrak, gezurrak’ (2000; ‘Lies, lies, lies’, 2006), ‘La isla de los antropólogos y otros relatos’ (The Anthropologists’ Island and Other Short Stories) and ‘Etorkizuna’ (Euskadi Literature Prize 2006; ’Future’). He has also published the novels ‘Si Sabino viviría’ (If Sabino Would Live) and ‘Euskaldun guztion aberria’ (2008, The Homeland of All the Basques, 2009). Among his essays, it is worth highlighting ‘Ese idioma raro y poderoso. Once decisiones cruciales que un escritor vasco está obligado a tomar’ (This Strange and Powerful Language: Eleven Crucial Decisions a Basque Writer Is Obliged to Face) (Euskadi Essay Prize 2013). His latest book is ‘Sekula kontatu behar ez nizkizun gauzak’ (‘As if everything had happened’, Galaxia Gutenberg, 2018).

Iñigo Astiz

Thursday 3 october

19.00h. Sala BBK

Iñigo Astiz

He is a journalist at the newspaper Berria. He has published a book of poems Baita hondakinak ere, which is based on the show Hondakinak, a project that the author carried out in collaboration with Mikel Ayerbe. He has translated Ariel by the American poet Silvia Plath into Basque, and included some of his own poems in its publication.

Manuel Vilas

Thursday 3 october

20.30h. Sala BBK

Manuel Vilas

He is a poet and writer. His books of poetry notably include ‘Resurección’ (Resurrection) (XV Jaime Gil de Biedma Prize), ‘Calor’ (Heat) (VI Fray Luis de León `Prize), ‘Gran Vilas’ (The Great Vilas) (XXXIII City of Melilla Prize) and ‘El hundimiento’ (The Sinking) (XVII Generation of ’27 International Poetry Prize). He is the author of the novels ‘España’, (Spain) ‘Aire Nuestro’ (Our Air) (Cálamo Prize); ‘Los inmortales’ (The Immortals) and ‘El luminoso regalo’ (The Luminous Gift), published by Alfaguara. He has also written books
of stories such as ‘Zeta’ (Zed) and ‘Setecientos millones de rinocerontes’ (Seven Hundred Million Rhinos), the chronicle ‘Lou Reed era español’ (Lou Reed was Spanish) and the autobiography ‘América’ (America). ‘Ordesa’ (Alfaguara, 2018) is his latest book, it is his most personal and has triumphed with both the general public and critics alike. He regularly writes in the press and collaborates on ‘A vivir’ on Cadena Ser radio station.

Cristina Morales

Friday 4 october

19.00h. Sala BBK

Cristina Morales

(Granada, 1985) holds a degree in Law and Political Science and is a specialist in International Relations. She lives in Barcelona, where she works as a choreographer and performer in the contemporary dance company Iniciativa Sexual Femenina. She was awarded the Premio Herralde novel prize for ‘Lectura fácil’ (Easy Reading) (Anagrama, 2018). She is also the author of ‘Terroristas modernos’ (Modern Terrorists) (Candaya, 2017), ‘Malas palabras’ (Bad Words) (Lumen, 2015) and ‘Los combatientes’ (The Combatants) (Caballo de Troya, 2013), and was awarded the 2012 INJUVE Prize for Narrative and was a finalist at the Festival du Premier Roman de Chambéry for the best first novel published in Spain in 2013. Her stories have appeared in several anthologies and literary magazines.

Silvia Abril

Friday 4 october

19.00h. Sala BBK

Iván Repila

(Bilbao, 1978) is a writer, publisher and cultural manager. He is the author of the novels:‘Una comedia canalla’ (A Rogue Comedy) (Libros del Silencio, 2012); ‘The Boy Who Stole Attila´s Horse’ (Libros del Silencio, 2013; Seix Barral 2017), which has been translated into several languages; ‘Prólogo para una guerra’ (Prelude for a War) (Seix Barral, 2017) and ‘El aliado’ (The Ally) (Seix Barral, 2019), as well as the stories published in the newspaper El Correo and in the anthologies ‘El Quijote a través del espejo’ (Don Quixote Through the Looking Glass), ‘Historias de San Mamés’ (Stories from the San Mamés) and ‘Ilustrofobia’.
He also teaches literature in reading and creative writing workshops, he has a regular column in the newspaper Bilbao and is the co-founder of Masmédula Ediciones, a publisher specialising in poetry.

John Cleese

Friday 4 october

19.00h. Sala BBK

Alicia San Juan

Holder of a degree in Journalism, she has devoted most of her career to television and radio. She worked at Radio Euskadi for several years, producing and editing programmes, magazines and cultural programmes. She currently collaborates with Consonni, the resident group at Azkuna Zentroa since 2018, as the presenter of the cultural podcast ‘Voces en el jardín’ (Voices in the Garden). She is a member of the music group Chico y Chica.

César Coca

Friday 4 october

20.30h. Sala BBK

Antonio Muñoz Molina

He is one of the most outstanding Spanish writers and has been a member of the Royal Spanish Academy since 1995. His extensive oeuvre notably includes ‘Beatus Ille’, ‘Winter in Lisbon’, ‘Prince of Shadows’, ‘The Polish Rider’, ‘Plenilunio’ (Full Moon), ‘Sepharad’ and ‘In the Night of Time’, all published by Seix Barral. He is a regular collaborator in the press, and has compiled his articles in volumes such as ‘El Robinson urbano’ (The Urban Robinson) and ‘La vida por delante’ (The Life Ahead). Among others, he has received the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature, the National Literature Prize on two occasions, the Critics Prize, the Planeta Prize, the Liber Prize, the Jean Monnet Prize of European Literature, the Prix Méditerranée Étranger, the Jerusalem Prize and Qué Leer Prize, awarded by readers. He lives between Madrid and Lisbon and is married to the writer Elvira Lindo.

Rubén Amón

Friday 4 october

20.30h. Sala BBK

César Coca

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 Coco also teaches Journalism at the University of the Basque Country as well as the El Correo Journalism Master’s Program at the same university.

Paco Plaza

Sunday 6 october

19.00h. Sala BBK

David Trueba

He studied journalism, a profession he has never left. On television he has directed programs such as ‘El peor programa de la semana’ (The Worst Programme of the Week) and the series ‘¿Qué fue de Jorge Sanz?’ (What became of Jorge Sanz?). His film career, aside from scripts for other directors such as ‘The Worst Years of Our Life’ and ‘The Girl of Your Dreams’, runs between his successful debut with ‘The Good Life’ in 1996 and ‘Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed’, which obtained six Goya Awards, including Best Film. His trajectory as a novelist has always been linked to the publisher Anagrama. His novels notably include ‘Learning to Lose’ (Critics Prize, best book of the year according to El Cultural supplement of El Mundo and finalist for the Prix Médicis in France). ‘Blitz’ and ‘Tierra de campos’ (Land of Fields) are his latest novels.

David Herranz

Ja! Bilbao 10 Años. Forografías de David Herranz y Dani de Pablos

26 september – 13 october

Ensanche Building

David Herranz

Festival photographer since the first edition. Lacking other talents, he uses photography as a way to access events and concerts, gastronomic plans and film sets. That has worked for him for more than 20 years.

Dani de Pablos

Ja! Bilbao 10 Años. Forografías de David Herranz y Dani de Pablos

26 septiembre – 13 octubre

Ensanche Building

Dani de Pablos

Festival photographer since the first edition. In 2003 he created the studio FOTOGRAFIA2 with the photographer David Herranz.

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