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2nd IASA Micro Story Prize

We support this interesting initiative to foster creative writing: a private enterprise based in Granada, IASA Ascensores, is calling for entries for the second edition of its micro-story competition, which gives the largest prize in Spain for this specific literary genre, with €3,000 for the winning micro-story. Deadline for entries: 15 March 2017. Jury: Leonardo
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A poem by Ángeles Mora in Reykjavik

On the initiative of Reykjavik UNESCO City of Literature, in November 2016 the Cities of Literature were represented in the foyer space at the Icelandic capital’s town hall. Each city sent a poem by one of their leading writers, accompanied by an image. Granada presented a still-unpublished poem by Ángeles Mora, the winner of the
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Season: ‘Mandelstam´s sofa’

To coincide with the exhibition Osip Mandelstam: Word and Fate, a season of talks, round tables, literary encounters, readings and film screenings was organised, under the title El sofá de Mandelstam (Mandelstam’s Sofa), as a nod towards one of the most striking pieces included in the exhibition. This season was made possible by a partnership between
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Owen Sheers in conversation with Andrés Neuman

On 22 September 2016 the Welsh writer Owen Sheers talked about his work in a conversation with Andrés Neuman. This was the first in our season of readings, talks and literary encounters titled Mandelstam’s Sofa, coinciding with the exhibition Osip Mandelstam: Word and Fate, organised by Granada and Heidelberg UNESCO Cities of Literature, in partnership with
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‘Osip Mandelstam: Word and Fate’ Audiovisual

Report on the exhibition Osip Mandelstam: Word and Fate by Antonia Ortega Urbano. This exhibition is a hoint project between Granada UNESCO City of Literature and the Centro Federico García Lorca Consortium together with Heidelberg UNESCO City of Literature and the Moscow State Literature Museum, with the support of the Mandelstam Society in Moscow. Osip
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Exhibition: ‘Ósip Mandelstam. Word and fate’

Osip Mandelstam; Word and Fate is a joint project between two of the UNESCO Cities of Literature (Granada and Heidelberg), in partnership with the Moscow State Literature Museum and the Centro Federico García Lorca Consortium. 138 original pieces — manuscripts, books, photographs, documents, paintings, drawings, posters, graphics, personal items and audiovisual material — from various public
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Writers in residence in Prague

Prague UNESCO City of Literature invites writers from member cities of the Network to participate in its “Prague Writer-in-Residence” programme. The residences are for two months. The Granada writer Alejandro Pedregosa was chosen by the Prague jury to enjoy a residency grant in the city in July and August 2016. The Granada UNESCO City of Literature
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Poetry projections in Edinburgh

The Granada poet Virgilio Cara was invited by Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature  to project his poems onto a historic building on Constitution Street, in Leith (Edinburgh), on 3–13 March 2016. The projections were part of the project Words on the Street, which aims to link literature to public spaces and build awareness of international poetry. Eleven poems from the
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Presentation of the catalogue of the exhibition ‘Osip Mandelstam: Word and Fate’

On 15 July, the catalogue of the exhibition Osip Mandelstam: Word and Fate was launched at the Friedrich Ebert House and Museum in Heidelberg (Germany’s first democratically elected president). This exhibition is a major joint initiative between Granada UNESCO City of Literature, the Centro Federico García Lorca Consortium, Heidelberg UNESCO City of Literature and the
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Granada: Meeting point

In April and June we welcomed two people to Granada who visited us thanks to the travel grants offered by Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature to finance visits to other cities in the network. They were the Australian translator and lecturer Lilit Zekulin Thwaites (in April) and the coordinator of the Writers Victoria (Australia) programme, Alexis Drevikovsky (in
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Cities of Literature meeting in Dublin

On 23–25 May Dublin UNESCO City of Literature organised the meeting of the UCCN Cities of Literature group . With the initial objective of welcoming and consolidating links with the latest members to join the group (Barcelona, Ulyanovsk, Tartu, Ljubljana, Óbidos, Montevideo and Bagdad), the meeting also served to share codes of best practices and discuss
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Interview with Ángeles Mora

The poet Ángeles Mora, winner of the Spanish National Poetry Prize and Critics Prize in 2016 for Ficciones para una autobiografía, abrió opened the second season of Liteary Conversations organised by Granada UNESCO City of Literature on 23 April, under the umbrella of the city’s Book Fair, together with the lecturer Miguel Ángel García. Antonia
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Paul Viejo interview Cristian Crusat

Paul Viejo interviewed Cristian Crusat at the Centro Federico García Lorca a few minutes before his public appearance at the Central Space at Granada Book Fair, as part of the second season of Literary Conversations organised by the Granada UNESCO City of Literature programme, on 26 April 2016.
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Audiovisual Book Fair 2016

For the second year running, the Granada UNESCO City of Literature Programme had its own stand at Granada Book Fair, used as a public space for reading, an information point for details of the programme’s activities and a meeting place for writers and the media. During the fair, the programme presented its project Granada’s Bookshop
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Interview with Patricia Marín Cepeda

Antonia Ortega Urbano interviewed Patricia Marín Cepeda on 25 April 2016. Patricia came to Granada for a public conversation with the leading French Hispanist Jean Canavaggio, as part of our second season of Literary Conversations organised during the Book Fair. Patricia Marín Cepeda (b. Madrid, 1981) holds a doctorate in Hispanic philology from the University of
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Three Cultures Festival: Voices of the Mediterranean

The Tres Culturas del Mediterráneo Foundation and the Moroccan Ministry for Foreign- Resident Moroccan Nationals and Migration organised on 28–30 in Granada a new international literature festival, 3 Festival: Voices of the Mediterranean, bringing together front-rank writers from the north and south banks of the Mediterranean. These conversations, discussions and cultural, musical and intellectual events of the highest
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Cristian Crusat in conversation with Paul Viejo

Cristian Crusat Schretzmayer was born in Málaga in 1983. He studied literature at the Madrid Complutense University and applied linguistics at Menéndez Pelayo International University in Santander. He obtained a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Amsterdam. He has had four collections of short stories published by Pre-­Textos: Estatuas (2006); Tranquilo en tiempos de guerra (2010); Breve
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OCG Concerts under the auspices of Granada UNESCO City of Literature

In 2016 the City of Granada Orchestra (OCG) devoted two concert programmes to the theme “Granada UNESCO City of Literature”, one in February and the other in April. The programme’s logo was featured on all the publicity material generated by the OCG, and special leaflets about Granada UNESCO City of Literature were printed and placed on each
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Granada’s Bookshop Network booklet

A 64-page colour free booklet, with texts in Spanish and English. Hard-copy version of the project Granada’s Bookshop Network, a catalogue of bookshops in the city, set up with several objectives in view: to leverage the quality, quantity and diversity of the bookshops in the city of Granada; enhance their visibility and promotion; build bridges between
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Presentation of the project “Granada´s Bookshop Network”

On 24 April 2016 under the umbrella of the Granada Book Fair, the project “Granada’s Bookshop Network”  was launched by Jesús Ortega (director, Granada UNESCO City of Literature Programme) and Rafael Serano (Babel bookshop). The project catalogues 56 bookshops in the city of Granada, arranged both alphabetically and by type: general, secondhand, specialist and institutional. The
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Ángeles Mora in conversation with Miguel Ángel García

Ángeles Mora, who won the Spanish Poetry Prize and Critics’ Prize in for her poetry collection Ficciones para una autobiografía (Bartleby), was born in Rute (Córdoba province) but has lived in Granada since 1980, where she obtained a degree in Hispanic philology. She published her first poetry collection, Pensando que el camino iba derecho, in 1982, followed
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Conversations in Granada 2016

Since 2015, the Granada UNESCO City of Literature, which depends on Granada City Council’s arts department, became a member of the Granada Book Fair organising committee. In 2016, for the second year running, Granada UNESCO City of Literature designed a special open stand on the Book Fair site at Puerta Real, 10 m long and
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Multipoetry Krakow. Virgilio Cara

Between August 2014 and December 2015 the KraKow UNESCO City of Literature  progamme organised a “multipoetry” project that involved the other UCCN Cities of Literature, furthering the network’s objectives for international cooperation. The project, titled Krakow Multipoetry, consists of the first few days of each month (with each day being allocated a different city, from the
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Assessment of candidate cities in 2015

In the autumn of 2015 (September–November), Granada, like the other member cities of the network of UNESCO Cities of Literature, received, studied and assessed the application forms and candidate dossiers  of 12 cities wishing to join the network’s literature group. Application form:: Application_Form_2015Call_UNESCO_Creative_Cities_Network_0 The 12 candidate cities were: Antwerp (Belgium) Seattle (United States) Salamanca (Spain)
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Multipoetry Krakow. Erika Martínez

Between August 2014 and December 2015 the KraKow UNESCO City of Literature  progamme organised a “multipoetry” project that involved the other UCCN Cities of Literature, furthering the network’s objectives for international cooperation. The project, titled Krakow Multipoetry, consists of the first few days of each month (with each day being allocated a different city, from the
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Multipoetry Krakow. Trinidad Gan

Between August 2014 and December 2015 the KraKow UNESCO City of Literature  progamme organised a “multipoetry” project that involved the other UCCN Cities of Literature, furthering the network’s objectives for international cooperation. The project, titled Krakow Multipoetry, consists of the first few days of each month (with each day being allocated a different city, from the
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Multipoetry Krakow. Juan Carlos Friebe

Between August 2014 and December 2015 the KraKow UNESCO City of Literature  progamme organised a “multipoetry” project that involved the other UCCN Cities of Literature, furthering the network’s objectives for international cooperation. The project, titled Krakow Multipoetry, consists of the first few days of each month (with each day being allocated a different city, from the
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Multipoetry Krakow. Monica Doña

Between August 2014 and December 2015 the KraKow UNESCO City of Literature  progamme organised a “multipoetry” project that involved the other UCCN Cities of Literature, furthering the network’s objectives for international cooperation. The project, titled Krakow Multipoetry, consists of the first few days of each month (with each day being allocated a different city, from the
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Multipoetry Krakow. Ángeles Mora

Between August 2014 and December 2015 the KraKow UNESCO City of Literature  progamme organised a “multipoetry” project that involved the other UCCN Cities of Literature, furthering the network’s objectives for international cooperation. The project, titled Krakow Multipoetry, consists of the first few days of each month (with each day being allocated a different city, from the
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Multipoetry Krakow. Ioana Gruia

Between August 2014 and December 2015 the KraKow UNESCO City of Literature  progamme organised a “multipoetry” project that involved the other UCCN Cities of Literature, furthering the network’s objectives for international cooperation. The project, titled Krakow Multipoetry, consists of the first few days of each month (with each day being allocated a different city, from the
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Audiovisual Book Fair 2015

In April 2015 the Granada UNESCO City of Literature Programme, sponsored by EEA Grants and in partnership with the Centro Federico García Lorca, set up a stand of its own the first time at the city’s Book Fair, as an open space for reading, information point for the programme’s activities and a meeting place for
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Sjón in conversation with Fernán González

Sjón means “vision” and is the pen name chosen by Sigurjón Birgir Sigurdsson (b. Reykjavik, 1962). He is one of Iceland’s most significant contemporary artists and intellectuals. His books of poetry, novels and children’s stories have enjoyed great success among both critics and the public. In 2005 he won the Nordic Council Literature Prize for The
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Cristina Morales in conversation with Erika Martínez

Cristina Morales (Granada, 1985) holds a degree in law and political science, specialising in international relations. She currently lives in Barcelona. In 2008 she published her first collection of short stories, La merienda de las niñas (Cuadernos del Vigía), and in 2013 the novel Los combatientes (Caballo de Troya), which won the INJUVE Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the
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Óscar Hahn introduced by Miguel Ángel Arcas

First season of Literary Conversations from Granada UNESCO City of Literature Programme. Óscar Hahn introduced by Miguel Ángel Arcas, Huerta de San Vicente, Federico García Lorca’s Museum House, April 21, 2015. At Granada Book Fair.   Óscar Hahn (b. Iquique, Chile, 1938), a poet, essayist and literary critic, studied education at the University of Chile at Arica (now
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David Trueba in conversation with Andrés Neuman

First season of Literary Conversations from Granada UNESCO City of Literature Programme in collaboration with Centro Federico García Lorca Consortium. David Trueba in conversation with Andrés Neuman, Book Fair Central Space, April, 20, 2015, at XXXIV Granada Book Fair. David Trueba (b. Madrid, 1976) is a writer, journalist, film director, screenwriter and actor. In film, he wrote the
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Antonio Gamoneda in conversation with Luis Muñoz

Antonio Gamoneda (b. Oviedo, 1931), the winner of the Cervantes Prize in 2006, is one of the most significant voices in contemporary Spanish poetry. Although his age places him among the poets of 1950s generation, Gamoneda’s poetry stands apart from the features often found in the work of his contemporaries. As a result, his poetry
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Rachid Boudjedra in conversation with Souad Hadj-Ali

Rachid Boudjedra (b. Ain-Belda, Argelia, 1941) is one of Algeria’s most important intellectuals, fiction writers and poets. He was expelled from the communist party, although years later he was a member of the National Liberation Front, representing the movement in Spain. He has been forced to live in exile because of his defence of human rights.
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Conversations in Granada 2015

The Granada UNESCO City of Literature Programme, in partnership with the Centro Federico García Lorca Consortium and sponsored by EEA Grants, organised its first season of readings, literary conversations and encounters, later renamed “Conversations in Granada”, held under the umbrella of Granada Book Fair (17–26 April 2015). The events took place at the Huerta de
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A Project for the 2015 Book Fair

Since 2015, the Granada UNESCO City of Literature Programme has been a member of the organising committee of the Granada Book Fair. The theme chosen by the committee for the 2015 edition of the fair was precisely “Granada: City of Literature”, to celebrate the city’s recent inclusion by UNESCO in its worldwide network of creative
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Documentary ‘Granada UNESCO City of Literature’

In early 2015 we invited writers, playwrights, artists, musicians, booksellers, publishers, teachers, journalists, translators, printers, cultural managers, members of literature associations and foundations and personalities from the arts world to take part in a documentary on Granada’s recent appointment as a City of Literature within the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN). Sponsored by EEA Grants
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