Tickets have gone on sale for the first Gibunco Gibraltar International Literary Festival. The festival takes place between Friday, October 25, and Sunday, October 27, and features a fusion of cultures designed to put Gibraltar on the literary map.
Writers in English, Moroccan and Spanish will be joined by writers from Gibraltar in a programme to attract both local people and a wide international audience.
Novelists lined up to appear include Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat, pictured right; Mohammed Achaari, joint winner of the 2011 International Prize for Arabic Fiction; Booker prize winner and Nigerian novelist Ben Okri; and author of El cuadro inacabado, Mercedes Aguirre.
The media is well represented with appearances by former BBC chief news correspondent Kate Adie and by BBC Europe editor Gavin Hewitt.
Some of the world’s leading historians will appear, including Paul Preston, pictured left, talking about The Spanish Holocaust, and Diarmaid MacCulloch on Silence in Christianity.
Food from across the globe is well represented with appearances by actress and world authority on Indian food Madhur Jaffrey; by Egypt-born Claudia Roden, whose latest work is devoted to Spain; by the world’s leading authority on Chinese food, Ken Hom; and by Glasgow-born broadcaster and curry expert Hardeep Singh Kohli.
Tickets can be booked online through this website, and there are concessionary prices for senior citizens, students and those 18 and under. A box office will be open from Monday, October 7, at the main Tourist Information Office at 4/5 Watergate House, Casemates Square, Gibraltar. Opening hours will be Monday to Friday, 10am to 12pm, and Saturday, 10am to 1pm.