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WriteIdea Festival 2010

The WriteIdea Festival is a London’s free reading festival that takes place from 12-21 November near Tower Hamlet.

Our City” is the theme of this year’s programme. It is focused on East London. The festival starts in style with a conversation with Tony Benn on November 12 and it includes poets, politicians, presenters, philosophers, performers as well as novelists and other writers talking about their work.

The distinguished authors that will take part in the festival are: Caroline Gilfillan, Salena Godden, Adam O’Riordan, Sarah Wise Paul Willetts, Martin Knight or Rob Young, to name a few. Signed books will be available to buy!

All events are free but will be ticketed so make sure you reserve a place.

Find the complete programme here!

Enjoy the WriteIdea Festival 2010!

Gonzalo Torrente Ballester en su centenario

About two years ago we, at the Cervantes Institute Library, received an anonymous call offering a donation of books in Spanish.

The books, as we were able to deduce from the annotations found in some of the volumes, had belonged to Elena J. Coxeter.
Among them, there was a copy of Fragmentos de Apocalipsis by Gonzalo Torrente Ballester, with an affectionate dedication saying:

A mi querida amiga Elenita, a la que amo hace algún tiempo… Cuando nos conocimos a los 20 años. ¿Verdad?*

Gonzalo Torrente Ballester visited the Spanish Institute in London, at least twice, notably for events in May 1983 and March 1990. Elena Coxeter carefully kept the program for both these conferences inside a copy of his book.
This is our little homage to the two friends on the centenary of Gonzalo Torrente Ballester’s birth. 

*To my darling friend Elenita, whom I have loved for quite some time … ever since we met when we were 20, true?

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