Workshop “Shared Reading Experiences”, by Marian Recuerda

Since the fall of 2018, the Granada City of Literature UNESCO Programme (Arts Departament of Granada City Council) and the Aula de Literatura of the University of Granada have been collaborating on a series of free micro-workshops on writing. Our micro-workshops deal with very diverse aspects of literary creation. They aim to stimulate enthusiasm for literature, to generate new audiences, and to foster a network of complicity between authors-teachers and participants. The workshops have been celebrated on-site at the Madraza palace, but in 2020 they went on-line, due to Covid restrictions. In 2021, however, they are going to be carried out both on-site and on-line, as they will do in 2022.

There are a maximum of 15 places for each workshop, expandable to 20 places if done online, on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested in applying for participation should write an email to

«Shared Reading Experiences» — Teacher: Marian Recuerda — Date: February 18th, 2022, from 6.30 pm to 9 pm — Venue: Sala Mariana de Pineda-Palacio de la Madraza, Centro de Cultura Contemporánea of the University of Granada.

The workshop

Shared Reading Experiences is about literary clubs and literary gatherings, and the new forms of communicating the reading experience that have recently emerged. First of all, we will tackle the intimate connection we have with reading, and the evolution of our book club (at Ubú Bookshop) over the last seven years. We will also talk about literary gatherings, literary talks, and poetry and drama reading sessions that we have been organizing, whose practical and logistical details will be explained. We will also comment on the variety of clubs, groups and workshops in the Hispanic world. We will then move on to literature in networks, the magazines and journals we consult to discover hidden gems, and tools such as Youtube, Goodreads and literary podcasts, without forgetting traditional radio programs, direct contact with publishers and authors and bar talks. We will talk about the extent to which a first personal reading will be necessary, followed by talking about it with other readers. As a participative activity, apart from sharing chats about the ways in which everyone discovers their own personal reading, we will organize an itinerary, and we will work on personalized recommendations according to some basic parameters.

Marian Recuerda

Marian Recuerda studied Hispanic Philology at the UGR in the late nineties. For more than eight years she has been directing and managing Ubú Libros, an independent bookstore created for selling and buying books, and for setting cultural activities related to the encouragement of reading and the promotion of literature. The meetings it organizes seek to establish a connection between the work of independent publishers and the general reading public, as well as genres and styles that are not usually found in bookstores. Over the years, reading clubs, poetry and theater recitals, concerts, talks, games and gatherings on various topics have made possible a reading community that comes to Ubú Libros to share their experience and knowledge with other readers.

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