Writing Gibraltar: A personal history

Friday 23 November 10.00AM - 11:00AM

About the Lecture

M. G. Sanchez started writing about Gibraltar in 2002. Despite being told at the beginning of his writing career that nobody would be interested in reading native Gibraltarian stories, he has steadily carved out a reputation for himself – with more and more articles about his books appearing in academic journals, and different universities across Europe regularly inviting him to lecture about his Gibraltar-related writings.

In this candid one-hour-long presentation he will be talking about the highs and lows of his career as a Gibraltarian writer, and why he feels that it is vitally important for Gibraltar to have its own literary voice out there in the public domain.

Joining him for the talk will be the talented Gibraltarian poet Giordano Durante, who will be reading short extracts from M. G. Sanchez’s work at intervals through the lecture.

The Speaker

M. G. Sanchez attended the University of Leeds, where he obtained BA, MA and PhD degrees in English Literature. He is the author of 10 books – including three novels and several works of non-fiction – and was recently described by a top German academic “as the writer who, both in his fiction and non-fiction, has most deeply and subtly explored the Gibraltarian predicament.” He is based in Yorkshire and has given talks in the Gibraltar Literary Festival in 2017 and 2018.