México20: New Voices, Old Traditions

29 May 2015, 7:00 pm8:00 pm |£4 - £5

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Laia Jufresa, Brenda Lozano and Daniel Saldaña París in conversation with Maya Jaggi

The México20 anthology brings together the work of twenty young Mexican writers under the age of forty to an international readership.

Join three of the featured writers, Laia Jufresa, Brenda Lozano and Daniel Saldaña París, as they discuss with journalist Maya Jaggi their work, the anthology, the vast literary tradition of Mexico and how brave new styles are capturing an era of shifting boundaries.

México20  is part of the year-long celebrations of Mexico in the UK and the UK in Mexico in 2015.

In partnership with the British Council, Hay Festival and Pushkin Press. 

Throughout 2015 – the official Year of Mexico in the UK and the UK in Mexico – English PEN is focusing on writers and writing from Mexico. You can find out more here.

This event is free for English PEN members – email hannah@englishpen.org to receive the discount code.

**Please note that this event will be BSL interpreted**
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Laia Jufresa is a fiction writer. She was part of Mario Bellatin’s Dynamic School of Writers, and has been awarded the grants for young writers from The Foundation for Mexican Literature and The Mexican National Fund for Culture and the Arts. She is a contributor to McSweeney’s and Letras Libres magazines. Her short stories collection El esquinista (Tierra Adentro, 2014), was awarded an honorable mention in the National Prize for Short Story San Luis Potosí 2012. Umami, her first novel, is forthcoming from Literatura Random House in 2015.

Brenda Lozano is a talented young Mexican writer and essayist. She studied Latin American literature at the Ibero-American University in Mexico and was awarded funding by the Mexican department of Arts and Culture as part of the Young Creatives programme. She is the author of the novels Todo nada (2009) and Cuaderno ideal (2014).

Daniel Saldaña París is the author of the poetry collection La máquina autobiográfica (Bonobos Editores, 2012), and the novel En medio de extrañas víctimas (Sexto Piso, 2013). He has been a fellow of the FONCA Young Artists program (2006–2007), the Fundación para las Letras Mexicanas (2007-2009) and a Resident Artist on the FONCA-Conseil des Arts et des Lettres de Québec (Montreal, 2012). In 2012 he edited and prefaced the anthologies Doce en punto. Poesía chilena reciente and Un nuevo modo. Antología de narrativa mexicana actual, both published by UNAM. In 2014 he was the resident writer at Leidig house, OMI International Arts Center (New York). His first novel will be published in the United States by Coffee House Press.

Maya Jaggi is an award-winning cultural journalist and critic who writes for the Guardian and Financial Times, among other publications, and was contracted as one of Guardian Review’s leading arts profile writers for a decade. Awarded an honorary doctorate by the Open University in 2012 for ‘extending the map of international writing’, she has reported from five continents and interviewed 12 Nobel prizewinners in literature. She chaired the jury of the Man Asian prize in Hong Kong, and has judged other literary awards including the Dublin Impac, David Cohen, Caine and Orange. Educated at Oxford University and the LSE, she was a DAAD fellow in Berlin in autumn 2014.


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