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Literature and Philosophy in Tavira

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At the beginning of January, a jargon-free bridge was created between the complex worlds of philosophy and literature in a workshop based at Casa Álvaro de Campos. Building on a series of successful Cafe Philosophical workshops in Faro, Maria João Neves Ph.D. led the interactive discussion in English. Two more workshops, (both in English) will take place in February and March. In the January workshop, Lydia Jorge was under the.. Read More

January – writing workshops in Tavira

Tavira and the river

The “Writing in the Algarve” group held its first meeting of 2016 at Tavira Library. Monday’s (4th January) meeting looked at story, plot and theme. New members mingled with familiar faces. After introductions we went straight into the first writing exercise, a set scene, involving a psychiatric hospital, a windfall and an ill-tempered character. The task was to write for 5 minutes using this framework. The ideas that came through were spontaneous, lively and bold.

Writing Workshops, 2016, in Tavira, Algarve

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Starting on Monday, 4 January 2016, writing workshops will begin again at the library in Tavira. The theme for the first session will be Narrative, story, plot and content. Six, Monday afternoon sessions have been planned. We will meet every two weeks, so there will be plenty of time to digest information and to write.

Chris Keil and Jenny Grainer – Writers in Tavira – Follow up

Chris Keil and Jenny Grainer came to Tavira to read in the not to be missed bookshop A Lura dos Livros.  Both writers have a passion for their work.   Jenny writes regularly for the Algarve Resident and has written for the Portugal News.  Her latest article about the recent tornado and the aftermath is here  Jenny has a keen eye for what has gone on over the last 30 years.. Read More

Two writers read at A Lura dos Livros

Two writers will be reading at A Lura dos Livros at 7:30pm, on Monday 3rd December 2012.  I have already publicised Chris Keil, in a previous post.  Chris will be reading from his third novel “Flirting at the Funeral”. The second writer is Jenny Grainer, who will be reading from her book “Portugal and the Algarve, Then and Now”. About the Author Jenny Grainer was born in Portsmouth, England. She.. Read More

Day 3 Paraty

On Day 3, I attended a mix bag of sessions.  The first session celebrated the poems of Drummond.  In the next session Stephen Greenblatt and James Shapiro, shared their love of Shakespeare.  Later in the day, Granta provided the space for two British writers to reflect on what being British means.  Two Middle Eastern writers and poets talked a little about the issues for writers in Syria and Lebanon and.. Read More