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Following our second highly successful literary evening organised with the Institute of Modern Languages Research and the award-winning Charco Press, we are delighted to release the recording of the evening’s discussion for you to enjoy again.

An expert panel chaired by Professor Catherine Davies (IMLR), and featuring Professor Catherine Boyle (King’s College London), Dr Cherilyn Elston (University of Reading), and Carolina Orloff (founder, co-director and editor of Charco Press), met last October to introduce a new audience to the exceptional work of Colombian writer Margarita García Robayo.

By focussing on the first English language publication of García Robayo’s work, the panel’s discussion covered a wide array of urgent themes in contemporary Latin American, and world, literature. Opening with discussion of the challenges and opportunities of migration for contemporary narrative production, the conversation moved effortlessly to exploration of the intergenerational shifts and developments in Latin American feminism. This led to thoughtful analysis of the societal transformations that both liberate and constrain female sexuality, before opening up to an insightful examination of the transnational literary market and the importance of independent publishers in challenging established orthodoxies.

At every turn these important topics were handled with a deft touch, examined with clarity and precision, with warmth and good humour. And they were all channelled through consideration of a remarkable new voice in Latin American literature.


Introductory note by Niall Geraghty, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at ILAS (SAS, University of London)

The views expressed in this article and recording are the author’s and speakers’ own and do not necessarily represent the position of ILAS or the School of Advanced Study, University of London.