Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

The Cunninghame Graham Lecture 2021 - Laura Restrepo

In brief

Colombian writer and journalist Laura Restrepo is the 2021 speaker of the Cunninghame Graham Lecture.

Restrepo will be giving a talk in Spanish under the name “Cuando la investigación se vuelve ficción y viceversa" (When research becomes fiction and viceversa)”.

This will be a free, online event on Zoom. The talk will be followed by a Q&A with the speaker. Please note that the event will be in the Spanish language.

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About the speaker

Laura Restrepo was born in Bogotá, Colombia, in 1950. She holds a degree in Philosophy and Political Science (Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia) and has taught at Universidad Nacional de Colombia and Cornell University, USA. She is author of a dozen works, somewhere between journalistic research and fiction, including La Isla de la Pasión (1989), Leopardo al sol (1993), Dulce compañía (1995), La novia oscura (1999), La multitud errante (2001), Olor a rosas invisibles (2002), Delirio (2004), Demasiados héroes (2009), Hot Sur (2012), Pecado (2016), and her most recent novel, Los Divinos (2018). A leftist militant for over three decades, in the early 1980s she participated in the peace negotiations between the Colombian government and the M-19 guerrilla, a process that gave rise to her extraordinary testimony, Historia de un entusiasmo ([1986] 1999). 

Restrepo’s honours include the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize, the Alfaguara Prize for Best Novel, and the Prix France Culture for Best Foreign Novel, and her works have been translated into thirty languages. In addition to being a novelist, she is a journalist and in 2012 reported from Yemen, Somalia, Ethiopia, and Lesbos Island for Doctors Without Borders. She writes from her home in the Catalan Pyrenees, where she lives with her partner Carlos Payán (also a journalist) and four dogs. She is currently working on a new novel, Canción de antiguos amantes.

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This event has been made possible thanks to the collaboration of the Office for Cultural and Scientific Affairs at the Embassy of Spain, the Consulate of Spain in Edinburgh, and the University of Edinburgh.

About the Cunninghame Graham Lecture 

The Cunninghame Graham Lecture was established in 1996 in honour of Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham - aka ‘Don Roberto’ (London, 1852-Buenos Aires, 1936) - politician, estanciero, and writer, who travelled extensively in Brazil, Mexico, Paraguay and Uruguay and had very strong ties to Argentina.

Delivered annually, it is jointly organised by LLC and the Office of Cultural and Scientific Affairs of the Embassy of Spain with the aim of promoting Spanish language and culture in Scotland.

Recent speakers and topics include:

  • 2020 - Lucía Asué Mbomío Rubio - Racismos cotidianos: desde lo circunstancial a lo sistémico
  • 2019 - David Trueba - Music, Cinema & Literature
  • 2017 - Carlos Zanón - Nuevos Horizontes en la Novela Negra del Siglo XXI

Past speakers have included scholars, film makers, politicians, journalists, novelists, and figures bridging the Hispanic world and Scotland, such as the architect Enric Miralles (1955-2000) who designed the Scottish Parliament building.

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Nov 10 2021 -

The Cunninghame Graham Lecture 2021 - Laura Restrepo

Join us online for 'Cuando la investigación se vuelve ficción y viceversa', this year's Cunninghame Graham Lecture by Colombian author Laura Restrepo.

Online using Zoom.