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Bristol Spanish is privileged to have author Mercedes Aquirre Castro as a collaborator. Mercedes is a Classics lecturer at the Complutense University in Madrid as well as a Visiting Fellow at the University of Bristol. She is author of several novels, a book of short stories published in Spanish and English (parallel text), a collection of short stories based on classical mythology, as well as other essays and articles. Mercedes is also co-author of six books of short stories of Basque, Greek and Celtic myths.
Once a month, on a Saturday morning, Mercedes will read from Hispanic literature (including her own) and this is followed by discussion. We call these literary meetings Tapas Literarias. Everyone knows what tapas are, but did you know that tapa also means ‘cover’ as in the cover of a book? So the name Tapas Literarias is a play on words!
Each event has a theme. For example, the theme of one of our last events was los mitos and Mercedes read passages from Marco Denevi, Ramón Gómez de la Serna and Pedro Guillermo Jara.
The last Tapas event took place on 18 January 2020 at Henleaze Library, 30 Northumbria Drive, Bristol BS9 4HP, from 11am – 12.30pm. The theme was El humor. Copies of the texts are provided on the day, but drop us a line if you’d like copies of the texts before the event.