viernes, 18 de agosto de 2017


Thankyou all for the love, the calls and messages that have poured in from all over the world. As far as we know, everyone close to us is safe and well and our hearts go out to all those who suffered yesterday's attack directly.

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Image: Frederic Amat

domingo, 9 de julio de 2017

"Cities of the World. World Cities."

Italo Calvino says that the delight you take in a city is not through the wonders it offers but in the answer it gives to a personal question. I remember the moment when I first said aloud “This is where I want to live.” Barcelona became an ultimate destination right from that first visit. Eventually, I was able to make my home here and have lived for years now in the Raval, Jean Genet's Barrio Chino, right in the heart of the old city, with its diverse and dense immigrant population. Only now, as I look back on my work as a writer, do I begin to glimpse the question Barcelona must have answered for me. A sociologist, an architect or urban planner, looking at the city from when the Romans settled it as Barcino, through its political and commercial development in the Middle Ages, to the rich texture left by Modernism, might analyse the city's magnetic attraction for tourists today. For me, Barcelona has become overlaid by memories of people and events so that certain corners now speak in my own voice. Gaudí, Picasso and Lorca have become personal experiences here but so has “the grandmother of Barcelona”, who for 6,000 years lay under three metres of soil until she was unearthed under the parking lot of the Boquería, the city's central market, right next to my home some 4 or 5 years ago. This Neolithic overtone to modern Barcelona has taken its place alongside the mad escapade of Columbus finally being able to show off his “New World treasures” to the Catholic Kings right here in the square outside the Tinell, the terrible consequence of the liquidation of the Jewish Call in the Gothic quarter, the ravages of Spain's Civil War, the long dictatorship and Barcelona's solidarity today with refugees. In this paper, I show how inadvertently through my work I have explored the question Barcelona put to me, answering a need to understand myself and all of us as part of an evolution that will continue even after we are no longer here to see it.

miércoles, 24 de febrero de 2016

Espacio escénico

A stage space has two rules: (1) Anything can happen and (2) Something must happen.”
― Peter Brook, The Empty Space
Un espacio escénico tiene dos reglas: (1) Cualquier cosa puede suceder, y (2) Algo debe suceder ".
--- Peter Brook, El espacio vacíio
Photo: (Aula de Especialización Fotográfica)
Arthur Leipzig: Jimmy Durante 1954

martes, 24 de noviembre de 2015

► Three writers on the Borders of Belonging: Brett Hetherington, Gloria Montero, Inez Baranay

Brett Hetherington speaks about rejecting the idea that a man needs to ‘be a (traditional) man’ in every situation; recognising that our own fathers were almost definitely deprived of learning from a model of a complete father; learning from women’s (typically) more honest expression of a greater range of emotions; taking heed of the fact that fathers are starting to become aware of their abilities to bring up children well; and watching out for ‘the happy game’ in ourselves and others we care about.
Gloria Montero asks how story-tellers are affected in this contemporary world where all manner of traditional borders have been broken down and where emigration has become a quintessential element. So many of us today--story-tellers and readers alike-- carry more than one culture, often two or three languages, and a background that transcends national barriers. Does this affect the stories that we are telling? Using examples from her work Gloria speaks of what this has meant to her as a writer.
Inez Baranay speaks about how her novels and stories can be seen as about people on the borders, and about the way she lives and writes on the borders, then interrogates what these borders are. She reads passages from her work as examples of writing on borders. The three writers question each other then invite questions from the audience.

Brett Hetherington is a parent and former foster-parent. He was a secondary school teacher for 15 years in Australia, Japan, England and Catalonia, northern Spain (where he has lived since 2006, teaching adults for the last three years.) Brett is a regular commentator for Australia’s ABC Radio where he reports on family and cultural life in Spain and his journalism has appeared in publications including The Guardian and Barcelona Metropolitan. He has also worked as a speechwriter and researcher for a Member of Parliament in Australia, specialising in education and social policies. Brett is currently a staff writer for Catalonia Today magazine. He lives with his partner Paula and teenage son Hugo.
Gloria Montero grew up in a family of Spanish immigrants in Australia’s North Queensland. After beginning to work in radio and theatre, she moved to Canada where she continued her career as writer, singer, actress, broadcaster, scriptwriter, TV-interviewer, producer of radio and film documentaries. Co-founder of the Centre for Spanish-Speaking Peoples in Toronto, she served as its Director until 1976. Following the success of her oral history The Immigrants she was invited to act as consultant on Immigrant Women to the Multicultural Department of the Secretary of State, Government of Canada. Since 1978 she has lived in Barcelona, writing and publishing in both English and Spanish. Her novels include titles such as The Villa Marini, Punto de Fuga, All Those Wars. Montero's theatre work, in particular the play Frida K., has been performed in countries around the world winning multiple awards.

Inez Baranay is a writer of Australian citizenship, immigrant background, transnational culture, cosmopolitan temperament. Her most recent books are the memoir Local Time a memoir of cities, friendships and the writing life, and a novel, Ghosts Like Us. In Australia, India, USA and Europe, Inez has lectured on writing issues and taught creative writing in universities, schools and community groups, given many readings and talks, been a guest at conferences, seminars and festivals, and been a resident at various international writers’ centres. She currently lives and teaches literature in Turkey.

martes, 3 de junio de 2014

lunes, 21 de abril de 2014

FRIDA. K nueva edición

Ya ha salido la nueva edición de FRIDA K. en castellano que incluye fotos de producciones internacionales... podeis encontrarla en Amazón.

domingo, 8 de diciembre de 2013


Gloria Montero
Novelist, poet, playwright

Baden Offord
Professor of Cultural Studies,
Director of Centre for Peace and Social Justice,
Southern Cross University, Australia

It could be argued that communication defines our age. Catalan sociologist Manuel Castells makes the point that the world is now an internationally networked society.  However, the essential challenge remains about how people get along in a complex world of difference. The British-born Ghanaian-American philosopher, cultural theorist and novelist, Anthony Appiah, makes the case for a cosmopolitan ethic as an answer.  This is one which focuses on key elements of what it means to be human while not ignoring the differences that need to be accommodated through negotiation.  Importantly, he argues that no culture is infallible, and we need to learn from each other. To borrow from Desmond Tutu’s use of the African term of ubuntu, we become human through our relationship with others.

In this panel, Gloria Montero and Baden Offord will approach these concerns through two reflective pieces of writing followed by a conversation of sorts. Drawing on their experience of being and belonging in between cultures, as migrants, as critical thinkers and authors – with a common connection to Australia – they will contend that conversations about who we are, how we belong, and importantly how to get along, are now more needed than ever before.

miércoles, 10 de julio de 2013

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

19.30 Dramatic Reading

Gloria Montero
Frida K. --A Dialogue for a Single Actress

Introduction: Jacqueline Hurtley, University of Barcelona, Spain

martes, 30 de octubre de 2012

viernes, 21 de septiembre de 2012

Looking Back to Look Forwards

Looking Back to Look Forwards
10 - 14 December 2012
Under the auspices of the
Australian Studies Centre, Universitat de Barcelona
And the Centre for Peace and Social Justice, Southern Cross University

From There to Here
Gloria Montero, Jamal Mahjoub, Ron Pretty

How did we get from there to here? Jamal Mahjoub, Gloria Montero and Ron
Pretty have all either grown up in one continent and now live in another,
or are descendants of people who did. Building on these experiences, these
papers will explore aspects of displacement and of the awareness of 'The
Other' as recorded in the authors' own works and in the works of other
writers from AustraliaSpain and elsewhere. What has been the impact of
displacement? Motifs of nostalgia, of incomprehension, of threat and
ambition will be explored. In this session, the ways in which these tropes
are embodied in the language and structure of contemporary prose and
poetry will be explored.

viernes, 22 de junio de 2012

Whatever you can imagine is real

BUTTERFLY—my recently completed novel—sets the story of Mia Pearson’s search for her true identity within that of personnages and events making  history in the first half of the 20th century.  

When I am asked if Mia’s story is true… ‘Did it really happen like that?’  I usually quote Picasso:  Whatever you can imagine is real.   

Nonetheless, I am not at all sure imagination plays much of a role for a writer of what we consider fiction. Memory, I am convinced, has a greater impact on the stories one tells. And for me, memory entails more than what any of us might remember about our personal experiences.  For me, there is a collective memory at large in the universe—emotions, sounds, shapes, colours—that is part of each one of us. It is what allows us to write, with integrity and acuity, about circumstances we have often never experienced ourselves.    

Consider a unicorn. From time immemorial, the unicorn has been deemed legendary and we might well regard stories about the magical single horn as metaphoric.  However, the Hubble space telescope picture of the Trifid Nebula, 9,000 light years away, suggests we don’t have to imagine anything… it is already there simply waiting to be acknowledged.    

lunes, 14 de mayo de 2012


PACIFIC SOLUTIONS International Congress

“Are Pacific solutions pertinent for contemporary novelists?                                                              
Gloria Montero and Marianne Choquet

PACIFIC SOLUTIONS International Congress
12-15 December, 2011
under the auspices of the Australian Studies Centre, Universitat de Barcelona, and the Centre for Peace and Social Justice, Southern Cross University