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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Brush up your Shakespeare…

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Shakespeare and local British authors celebrate the Adeje Book Fair

For the first time an invited group of English-language authors are playing a very active part in the Adeje Book Fair, which is taking place in the parking beside the Adeje School of Music on April 22nd and 23rd (Friday and Saturday), organised by the Adeje council under Councillor Desiderio Afonso Ruiz.

2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the deaths of both Shakespeare and Cervantes. The two authors, from England and Spain, have long been considered two of the most important influences on literature, and still today their words resonate, often part of current sayings whose roots may not be recognised but are, in fact, directly descended from one of these two incredible wordsmiths – All that glitters (or ‘glisters’ in the original) is not gold The Merchant of Venice, Bated breath The Merchant of Venice , Be-all and the end-all Macbeth, Neither a borrower nor a lender be Hamlet, Thou has seen nothing yet Don Quixote – and there are so many more.

While we won’t have Shakespeare as a special guest this weekend, we do have a number of English language authors who live and write here in Tenerife. And they will be holding book singing sessions and on-hand to meet the public as well.

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Friday April 22nd: 4pm – 6.30pm
John Reid (‘The Skipping Verger and other tales’)
Susan Dehmel (‘Boris and friends’)

Saturday April 23rd: 10.30am – 1pm
Margaret Tully (‘Journey with your soul to heal your body and mind’)
Nikky & Richard Attree (‘Nobody’s Poodle’)

Saturday April 23rd: 4pm – 6.30pm
Joe Cawley (‘More Ketchup than Salsa’)
Lee Bullen (‘Beset’)

Throughout the weekend there are also a host of other activities taking place, celebrating local authors, Cervantes and Shakespeare, and above all the written word.

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Tenerife – a well kept secret!

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Recently the British Guild of Travel Writers was in Adeje hosting their annual conference, the second time Tenerife has been chosen as the venue for this important event.

Almost 90 of the top English language travel writers, photographers and broadcasters gathered in the Bahia del Duque for the inaugural dinner, at which Adeje deputy mayor Carmen Rosa Gonzalez Cabrera officially welcomed them to the borough and wished them well at the start of their conference.

“We are delighted to see you all here, in Adeje, a very international borough, home to 120 different nationalities, as well as the first choice destination for hundreds of thousands of British holiday makers every year. We are very proud of Adeje, both as a place to live for so many people and a holiday destination, and I hope you will have some time during your stay to discover why people don’t just chose to come to Adeje once, but come back again and again.

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“Our tourism offer is constantly changing and developing, It would be easy to sit back and say, ‘OK, we are one of the top ten destinations, we don’t have to do any more’, but instead we are constantly looking to move forward, to meet new tourist challenges and needs. Some of your Guild members – Joe Cawley and Andrea Montgomery fell for the charms of our island years ago and live here…and it’s great to see the guild represented in Adeje and Tenerife”, she concluded, referring to the two Guild members who live here in Tenerife and often contribute articles about the island to international publications.

The incoming chairperson of the guild, Alistair McKenzie, an online travel editor, was delighted to be back in Tenerife, “it’s a year round destination that we can trust”, and “as one of our writers said, ‘it’s one of the best kept secrets’, it’s a fantastic destination, it’s not hard to find good stuff to write about and lots of it”. He agreed that conferences of this kind really do benefit the location as many members will return on holiday. He also said that Tenerife had indeed overcome some the negative imagery of the past and nowadays was seen as a top class destination. “It’s become a sophisticated destination”, he said, “and increasingly so with more emphasis on activities (hang gliding, scuba diving, mountain biking, etc)…for the millennial generation those activities are much more sought after and it actually plays to your strengths”.

The conference was organised with Tenerife and Promotur sponsorship.

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