Between Books and Paradises: Christine Dwyer Hickey, Christina Rivera Garza and Begoña read

Three outstanding women writers, Cristina Rivera Garza, Christine Dwyer Hickey and Begoña Oro, take part at the ISLA Festival “Lost (and Found) Paradises”. The Mexican writer Cristina Rivera Garza is the author of “The Taiga Syndrome” (“El mal de la taiga), longlisted for the International DUBLIN Literary Award 2020. Christine Dwyer Hickey, Irish writer which book “Tatty” is One City One Book 2020. Begoña Oro, Spanish writer of Children and YA literature and creator of the character Rasi the squirrel, adds the perfect final touch to this event. In this video, Mexican writer Cristina Rivera Garza talks about her border writing (it examines a newly emerging culture-space, the borderland between Mexico and the United States) and about the reception of her book translated into English as “The Taiga Syndrome”, of which she reads two fragments. She reveals her idea of paradise and tells how she discovered the Irish poet Eavan Boland, who is among her most recent readings. Christine Dwyer Hickey talks about the recent Covid-19 concerns, and reads an excerpt from her latest novel, “The Narrow Land”, set in the 1950s in the neighborhood of American painter Edward Hoper and his wife, as well as two excerpts from “The Informer” by Irish writer Liam O’Flaherty, which portrays the underworld of Dublin in the years after the Irish Civil War (1923-1925). Christine Dwyer Hickey recommends one of her favorite paintings by the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. Begoña Oro shows us a lot of books, reads some pages from her children’s book “Los Días en Casa” (RBA Libros) and talks about confinement and the house as a paradise. Begoña makes some suggestions on how we can recover that lost paradise that is childhood, and recommends to read the Irish YA author Sarah Crossan, who has numerous books translated into Spanish. In collaboration with Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, Dublin City Council, Embassy of Mexico in Ireland and the Embassy of Spain in Ireland. Audio in English and Spanish, with Spanish subtitles by Isabel Puente Lozano and English subt. by Anamaría Crowe Serrano.

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