Linked to the conference, we will hold a Public Reading and Q&A with Spanish author Espido Freire at the Instituto Cervantes in Manchester.
Author Espido Freire was born in Bilbao in 1974. She dedicated her early years to the study and performance of classical music. She graduated in English Literature and studied for a master’s degree in editing at the University of Deusto. She published her first novel, Irlanda, in 1998, when she was 23 years old. In 1999 she was awarded the Premio Planeta for her novel Melocotones Helados; that same year, her novel Irlanda received the French Prize Millepage. In 2000, Melocotones Helados received the prize Qué Leer. She also writes for newspapers, magazines, radio and television programs, works as a freelance translator, and teaches creative writing courses at universities and cultural foundations. Her work has been translated into English, French, German, Portuguese, Turkish, Polish, Italian, Greek, and Serbian.
Espido Freire will be reading from her best-selling new book Para Vos nací: Un mes con Teresa de Jesús/ For You I Was Born: A Month with Teresa of Ávila (Editorial Ariel, 2015). On the occasion of St Teresa of Ávila’s fifth centenary, her book offers readers a new approach to the saint’s spiritual legacy. Part biography, part meditation on the saint’s philosophy and writing, the book sets up a dialogue with Teresa about the difficulty of being a woman in a man’s world, the conflict between spirituality and action, mental illness, travel, and relationships with family, building a complete and original guide to coping with contemporary life. The book, already in its fifth edition, has met with huge success in Spain.
You can follow Espido Freire on Instagram @espidofreire