PODCAST: Orwell, the Civil War and more – homage to writers who made Catalonia home

Poets, novelists and journalists from around the world have been drawn by war, refuge and adventure

Collection of books by international writers with a connection to Catalonia
Collection of books by international writers with a connection to Catalonia / Lorcan Doherty
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January 21, 2023 11:05 AM

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George Orwell, Pablo Neruda, Gabriel García Márquez. Just some of the 20th Century's greatest writers who for a time called Catalonia home. Press play below to listen or subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or Spotify.   

Tadhg Prendiville from Barcelona Literary Tours takes Cillian Shields on a trip around the city.

Cristina Tomàs White joins Lorcan Doherty to discuss the international poets, novelists and journalists who came to Catalonia – some during the Civil War, some fleeing dictatorships in South America, and others, simply for the adventure.

This week's Catalan phrase is 'estar escrit'. Literally 'to be written', it means something is decided, set in stone.

Below is a list of writers – and one influential literary agent – mentioned in the podcast. 

George Orwell 

Pablo Neruda 

Isabel Allende 

John Dos Passos 

Simone Weil 

Muriel Rukeyser 

Colm Tóibín 

Louis MacNeice 

Langston Hughes 

Ernest Hemingway 

Martha Gellhorn 

Roberto Bolaño 

Gabriel García Márquez 

Carmen Balcells 

Manuel Vázquez Montalbán 

Mario Vargas Llosa 

Truman Capote 

Eduardo Galeano 

Cristina Peri Rossi 

Cristina Rivera Garza 

Mathias Énard 

Denise Duncan 

Get in touch with the podcast team: fillingthesink@acn.cat   

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