Richard Garcia’s latest book, The Changing Face of Gibraltar in the 20th Century, will be presented at this year’s Festival. The book is essentially a photographic record of how the appearance of Gibraltar changed during the course of the 20th century, based on a compendium of picture postcards, mainly depicting Gibraltar in the first half of the century. The postcards are divided thematically into four groups: the topography of Gibraltar; the economy of Gibraltar; street types and leisure; and the North Front and the Gibraltar land frontier with Spain.
The presentation of the book will be accompanied by an illustrated talk, using some of the images that are illustrated in the book. It will place the book in context, and will dwell on a number of strands explored in it. Above all, it will be a celebration of how Gibraltar changed, grew and developed from being primarily a military fortress to a buzzing, cosmopolitan, multi-cultural, outward looking society.