The wild palm trees



Date: 10 June 2023, 18:30 Saturday
Past events
  • 11 March 2023, 18:30 Saturday
  • 26 November 2022, 19:00 Saturday


The annual Las palmeras salvajes cycle, devised and co-directed by Txema Martín and Enrique Juncosa, opens a meeting point between readers and authors, and establishes a new space for reflection on new trends in prose and poetry. This cycle intends to act as a prescriber of new literature, so that the most relevant authors of its programming serve as a claim to open the doors to new discoveries of writers little translated into Spanish, whose relevance transcends the dawn of novelty or limitation. geographic. These authors will be interviewed by other representatives of written culture in all its aspects. Each appointment includes, as an epilogue, an interlude that will propose a dialogue between music and performative poetry in order to offer a variety of unprecedented and transversal points of view regarding the literary work. It is also a particularly sensitive programming with the LGTBIQ+ reality, which attends to innovative proposals and the latest trends in a cross-border and universal way.

In this third appointment of the cycle, the Mallorcan poet and storyteller José Carlos Llop will take a tour of his work, with a large biographical component and connections and bifurcations with other cultural manifestations, interviewed by Enrique Juncosa. Next, the Mexican Alberto Ruy Sánchez, one of the most impressive writers of his generation, will speak with the Madrid poet Julia Piera.

The poetic and musical closing, presented by Txema Martín, will be carried out by the poet and storyteller from Santander Bárbara Mingo, who has published her novel Vilnis (Caballo de Troya, 2021) which, following the path of writers such as W.G. Sebald or Peter Handke, proposes a documentary story based on the mysterious figure of M.K. Ciurlionis, painter and musician who profoundly influenced modern Lithuanian culture. His texts will be accompanied by the music and songs of the Catalan composer, producer and instrumentalist David Rodríguez (Beef, La Estrella de David) who maintains an extensive career as a cult musician on the national scene of independent music. His songs are sober and ironic, loaded with humor, tenderness and pain to sing of love, or heartbreak, with an unusual mix of impudence and delicacy.

José Carlos Llop (Palma de Mallorca, 1956) has published eleven books of poems now gathered in two volumes: Poetry 1974-2001 (Peninsula, 2002) and Mediterranean. Poetry 2001-2021 (Vandalia, 2022). He is the author of five volumes of Diaries; seven novels –The Stein Report (Prix Écureil de Litterature Étrangére), The Amber Chamber, Tell Me About the Third Man, The Messenger from Algiers, Paris: Suite 1940, Kings of Alexandria and the Orient–; four books of short stories –Pasaporte Diplomático, El canto de las ballenas, La novela del siglo (NH Award for the best book of short stories published in Spain in 1999) and Los papeles del Nixe–; and a play, La nit de Catalina Homar. He has also published five collections of literary essays, a book of conversations with Daniel Capó and Nadal Suau, numerous prologues, and two non-fiction books, En la ciudad submergida (Mention Spéciale du Jury du Prix Méditerranée 2013) and Solstice (Prix Laure Bataillon 2018). and finalist for the 2014 Spanish Royal Academy Award).
Alberto Ruy Sánchez (Mexico, 1951) lived in Paris where he studied Literature and Political Philosophy. There he became a writer and editor. He has published about thirty books, among which the essays In Praise of Insomnia, With Literature in the Body and An Introduction to Octavio Paz stand out; or the poems of To say is to wish, The eroticized forest, Written with water, Light of the hummingbird or Say the jacarandas. He has also published novels such as Los sueños de la serpiente and El dossier Anna Ajmátova, or the cycle of experimental works on desire, which make up the Mogador Quintet, highly celebrated texts where poetry and essays converge in fictional and documentary narratives. His work has been translated into a dozen languages and he has received more than twenty awards in Saint Petersburg, Lugano, Montauban, Chicago, Louisville, Zaragoza and Mexico, among others. He also co-directs the magazine Artes de México.


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