Meet top English language authors at the Adeje Book & Comic Fair



The fair will be held in the car-park of the Adeje School of Music and Dance, as in previous years

The Adeje library department, under councillor Juan Desiderio Afonso Ruiz, has released details of this year’s Adeje Book & Comic Fair, to be held from April 20th to 22nd in the car-park of the Adeje School of Music and Dance. This is the 16th year the council has hosted this event which works to promote locally based authors and encourage reading among everyone.

“Last year we included ‘Comic’ in the title and event and by doing so we were able to further promote the value and the fun in reading. We also offer a space to booksellers, a platform for authors to promote new works and generate new relationships with books and the world of literature for the public”, commented Councillor Ruiz.

In recent years the council have invited locally based foreign writers to take part and last year, as a result of the fair, a group of English-language authors have formed a creative group dedicated to supporting and encouraging writing and publishing. According to author Joe Cawley (More Ketchup than Salsa) “the Adeje Book and Comic fair provides a great opportunity for local authors to talk with readers, promote their own work and provide advice and encouragement to those with a burning desire to write their own book”.

On Saturday April 21st many English-language authors will be on hand to meet and greet readers and take part in a round table discussion on self-publishing, the use of social media to promote work, and how authors need to separate fact from fiction in writing. As well as Joe Cawley, other authors attending include Gemma Metcalfe, Lee Bullen, Richard Attree, Bradley Chermside and Helen Gilbert.

During the three day event four new Spanish books will be launched , there will be a number of exhibitions and a talk given by Adeje writer Covadonga González Fierro on Sunday April 23rd in the Canarian library at 6pm. For children there will be story-telling sessions and visual shows, a workshop on the whistling language of La Gomera and musical performances throughout the weekend.


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A word-while event

The English-language event, part of the Adeje Book and Comic fair this weekend, was a fascinating chat with 7 local authors and members of the public from the Adeje, the UK, Croatia, Italy and Ireland among others.  Adeje councillor for libraries, Juan Desiderio Afonso Ruiz welcomed the writers and the public to the event.

At the top table were published authors Lee Bullen, Richard Attree, Joe Cawley, Gemma Metcalfe , Susan Dehmel and Roger/Rebecca Stone, as well as Brad Smith who is hoping to have his first book published by Christmas.  All of them addressed a variety of issues such as the difficulty/ease of online publishing, marketing, of course the writing of books, mentors, inspriation, the presence of Tenerife in their novels whether living in Spain but writing in English posed it’s own problems, and all were honest and generous with their time and experience.

Members of the public were interested in how to get started, the issue of copyright, co-writers, and whether writers also have a duty or moral obligation to promote the greater good and use their writing to inspire more social harmony.

This is second year that non-Spanish writers have featured in the Adeje Book and Comic Fair, and already many of the pariticpants are looking forward to next year.