Word up! The Adeje Book Fair is on May 3rd and 4th


Meet published and aspiring English language authors on Saturday from 11am

Did you know that Tenerife is home to a growing number of foreign language authors – many of them are established writers, some are just taking that tentative first step, dipping their toe into author’s ink!

These days, with self-publishing coming into its own, more and more people are discovering that all that may be missing is that extra push to publish. And what could be more useful than talking to like-minded scribblers who have taken that path. Or maybe you would rather seek a more traditional route, sending your manuscript to publishing houses in search of that big break.

Either way, there are people who will be at the Adeje Book fair this weekend who can help. Foreign residents living here who are now successful and published authors, often also working in other areas, but who are now recognised writers. They have overcome many of the problems new writers face, often compounded by living in another country too.


The ‘foreign writers’ part of the Adeje Book Fair is now an established and popular part of the annual programme celebrating the written word and the published image. This year the section is happening during the weekend fair, on Saturday May 5th, from 11am to 1pm. The fair is in the car park beside the Adeje School of Music (that building with the coloured panels down the side) in Las Torres.

The Book Fair is now in its 16th year and offers the visitor a huge range of attractions, from book launches, story-telling for kids, workshops, concerts, and even a kids’ cookery workshop. According to the councillor with responsibility for heritage and libraries, Juan Desiderio Afonso Ruiz, “the Book Fair has become a meeting place, a reference point for residents and visitors. It also is a showcase for our literature and a place where the public can get to meet new authors”.

Events begin on Friday May 3rd at 6pm with the presentation of a number of new books in Spanish and a performance by Nicotine Swing. Events on Saturday begin at 10am with a kids concert, followed by the foreign language event, in English. That will see authors available to chat one – on-one to the public from 11 to 12, and a workshop in English with the authors from 12 noon to 1pm. The fair continues throughout Saturday with readings, stories and songs.

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The power of words…


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The Adeje library is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Opened since 1989 this municipal installation has witnessed the growth of Adeje as a borough, and the people who live here. During those 30 years the library has helped a large number of people and at the same time has adapted to the changes over time and generations.

In the last year alone the Adeje network of libraries dealt with over 24 thousand people and lent out 8,597 books, CDs, DVDs and other items. The average monthly visit rate is just over two thousand, with nearly three quarters of those being adults.

The Adeje library is part of the BICA (Canarian Libraries) network, and is located in the Adeje cultural centre. The library has a computer section, reading and study zone, over two floors. According to the councillor with responsibility for libraries, Juan Desiderio Afonso Ruiz, “the Adeje library is a literary meeting point, but also offers knowledge and learning. And given this special anniversary we want to design a celebratory programme of event which reflects the value and worth the installation has in the borough”.

The programme of activities begins tomorrow with the launch of a new book, Candela, by Sonia María Cruz Martinez, in the cultural centre’s exhibition hall. The Adeje Folklore School with perform, with other presentations as well.

On April 25th there will be the screening of a documentary at 6.30pm, and a talk on and by writers, with Paula Fernández Moragón and Covadonga García Fierro. Covadonga will also present her poetry on April 30th. And on May 2nd Enrique Reyes will inaugurate an exhibition on the 30 years of the library. Events will conclude on May 6th with a poetry meeting, “XIX tardes de poesía Riardo Müller”, organised by the Piedra Redonda residents association.

All events will be in Spanish.

More information online, www.adeje.es

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New autism centre opens in Adeje


Just recently the non-profit organisation Autismo Sur – mi lado azul (my blue side) was launched in Adeje. The association’s mission is to improve the quality of life of those with ASD (autism spectrum disorder – aka TEA in Spanish) and that of their families, with services, specialised assistance, and also increasing public awareness about ASD and the need for increased respect of the rights of all to a proper inclusion in our society.

The association will have the help of the Canarian Autism Federation, run by parents and professionals dealing with ASD, lobbying for needed services and family assessments, as well as specialised training and education.

The association was born in 2017 with the main goal being to help society in general understand autism, at a personal and professional level. Carmen Fernández, the president of the association, says that is why they have launched their current campaign, ‘conecTEA’ working with therapists, from school to home. In other words, she explains, working to fully educate all those who are in contact with the person with autism in their daily lives.

The association is placing special emphasis on working to help in the family setting, finding out how to help and improve assistance in the home.

Attending the official launch of the association here in Adeje were the councillors for health, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, for tourism Ermitas Moreira García, and for heritage, Desiderio Afonzo Ruiz.



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Adeje’s libraries are very popular among all ages

The Adeje public library network has just released statistics regarding library use in 2018. “The data is extremely positive and we have seen a substantial increase in the number of consultations by the public – something we feel is down to three key factors – the use of the libraries by the students of the Tourism degree course, the diversification of the activities the libraries are carrying out and the continuing and growing interest in reading and studying by the general public”, said councillor Desiderio Afonso Ruiz.

The overall figures for the Adeje libraries show that 24,523 people visited one of the libraries during the year, with a total of 46,319 consultations (books, online searches, etc) and there were 8,597 books lent during the same 12 month period. The monthly average number of visitors was just over 2,000, 73% of those were adults and the rest, 27%, were junior readers and students.

The figures represent an increase of 19% by younger users, a 14% increase in those researching or seeking information, and similar increases were registered in readers and older student use. The busiest days of the week were Mondays and Tuesdays, and there were 75 internet connections daily. As has been registered in other years, there was a notable increase in users during exam times.

The Adeje library in the cultural centre was the most visited (36,492 persons), just over 2,000 visitors went to the Canarian library on the Calle Grande, 3,156 used the public library in Armeñime and the Fañabe library welcomed 2,136 users during the year.


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A taste of honey, cheese and wine

Wine, cheese and honey will be the main ingredients of the X Taucho Ethnographic Days

The 10th edition of the Taucho Ethnographic Days, a celebration of local traditions and skills, is taking place from June 15th to 21st. The year wine, cheese and honey will be at the centre of celebrations, ingredients that always find pride of place in the homes of the Adeje midlands.

“With these ethnographic days a varied and full programme of events is on offer to the public dealing with wine, cheese and honey. This ‘meeting’ with our traditions is part of the conservation of our past undertaken by the people of Taucho, who, every year, have voluntarily given of their time and energy, and have opened their doors to the visiting public”, commented heritage councillor Juan Desiderio Afonso Ruiz.

In the last ten years the Taucho Ethnographic Days have become something of a cornerstone for the preservation of traditions. Events will begin next Friday, June 15th, at 7pm, with the official inauguration of a photographic exhibition of ‘fingerprints of our past’. This will be followed by a talk on the Guanche families.

On Saturday June 16th at 10am there will be a circular ‘route’ from Taucho-El Grillo- Aponte- La Quinta-Taucho. Interested people should register online www.adeje.es. On Sunday from 11am there will an exhibition of traditional wine presses after which local residents will display traditional skills in the making of wines, cheese and honey, in the main town square. There will also be sheep shearing, candle making from beeswax, a gofio workshop and bread making.

Later on the Imoque cultural association will ‘perform’ a re-creation of days gone by in the Taucho plaza, and the Tío Victor ‘cantina’ will open from 3pm for a taste of local wines. Sunday will also host artisan workshops with 26 different participants offering products for sale.

On Tuesday June 19th there will be a traditional cake making workshop, on Wednesday a gofio, cheese and honey workshop and at 7pm a visit to the Tierras de Aponto bodega. The programme concludes on Thursday June 21st in the Club el Almácigo with a talk by Carlos Cólogan Soriano and music from “Trío Alba Chávez”.

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