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When research becomes fiction and viceversa, with Laura Restrepo

10 Nov 2021 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Online Event



The 2021 edition of the Cunninghame Graham Lecture, hosted by the University of Edinburgh with the support of the Embassy of Spain, welcomes writer Laura Restrepo for an engaging conference on the links between research and fiction.

Laura Restrepo was born in Bogotá, Colombia, in 1950. She holds a degree in Philosophy and Political Science (Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia) and has taught at Universidad Nacional de Colombia and Cornell University, USA. She is author of a dozen works, somewhere between journalistic research and fiction, including La Isla de la Pasión (1989), Leopardo al sol (1993), Dulce compañía (1995), La novia oscura (1999), La multitud errante (2001), Olor a rosas invisibles (2002), Delirio (2004), Demasiados héroes (2009), Hot Sur (2012), Pecado (2016), and her most recent novel, Los Divinos (2018). A leftist militant for over three decades, in the early 1980s she participated in the peace negotiations between the Colombian government and the M-19 guerrilla, a process that gave rise to her extraordinary testimony, Historia de un entusiasmo ([1986] 1999).

Restrepo’s honours include the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize, the Alfaguara Prize for Best Novel, and the Prix France Culture for Best Foreign Novel, and her works have been translated into thirty languages. In addition to being a novelist, she is a journalist and in 2012 reported from Yemen, Somalia, Ethiopia, and Lesbos Island for Doctors Without Borders. She writes from her home in the Catalan Pyrenees, where she lives with her partner Carlos Payán (also a journalist) and four dogs. She is currently working on a new novel, Canción de antiguos amantes.

About the Cunninghame Graham Lecture

The Cunninghame Graham Lecture was established in 1996 in honour of Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham – aka ‘Don Roberto’ (London, 1852-Buenos Aires, 1936) – politician, estanciero, and writer, who travelled extensively in Brazil, Mexico, Paraguay and Uruguay and had very strong ties to Argentina.

Delivered annually, it is jointly organised by the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh and the Office of Cultural and Scientific Affairs of the Embassy of Spain with the aim of promoting Spanish language and culture in Scotland.

How to join

This is an online seminar in the Spanish language. It will take place on Zoom. Registrations close at 12.00 noon on Tuesday 9th November. All ticket-holders will be emailed joining instructions when registration has closed. Latecomers, and anyone who cannot locate their joining instructions at the time of the event, should email enewton@ed.ac.uk.


10 Nov 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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