Gibraltar Literature Week 2023 Tickets Released


Tickets for Gibraltar Literature Week are now available. The event will run between the 6th and 11th November 2023 and is organised by Gibraltar Cultural Services, sponsored by the John Mackintosh Educational Trust.

GCS will be producing a weeklong programme dedicated to giving a platform to local authors and to encourage and foster interest in reading, writing and literature in all its forms and genres. The Week will also deliver school visits and events, press articles, radio interviews, storytelling and more.

The established ‘An Audience With…’ sessions featuring talks and interviews promise a varied offering. These will be opened by Her Worship the Mayor, Ms Carmen Gomez GMD discussing the moments of her life that influenced her writing and her trajectory to Mayor of Gibraltar. Other contributors include Richard Garcia MBE, Louis Emmitt-Stern, Sonia Golt, Ros Astengo, Juan Carlos Teuma, Jonathan Pizarro, Darren Fa and Keith Madeira and Claire Montado with Beatrice Garcia. Subjects will include the challenges in researching Gibraltar’s social history; writing for stage and screen; the benefits of writing and reading on our health; a career documented in photographs; the challenges of writing a true-crime book; the importance of telling our Gibraltar stories; discussion on Gibraltar’s fortifications, and the forgotten narratives of the women of Gibraltar.

The ’Lightning Talks’, a new addition last year which saw a great response, returns to the programme on Friday 10th November. The evening will see a selection of speakers who will inspire, engage and enthral, all in ‘lightning’ ten-minute presentations. There will be talks by Dr Sonia Montiel-Lopez, Stephen Cumming GA, Dr Ryan Asquez, Julian Felice and Beatrice Garcia. The audience will gain an insight into PHD research into mobile technology and its impact on Gibraltar’s education and schools; scripting and researching for a TV documentary; how Gibraltar’s fascinating history can be relayed through a modern medium; a playwright’s journey in London, and an illustrator’s input in a writing retreat in Ghana.

‘An Audience With…’ and ‘Lightning Talks’ will be held at Gibraltar’s cultural hub, the John Mackintosh Hall. More details of an evening of poetry and music, celebrating Gibraltarian identity as part of the week, will be released shortly.