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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