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Catalonia - Cornish Coast

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 18 June 2011

Sandi Toksvig meets novelist Richard Gwyn and translator Peter Bush to discuss Catalonia and its relationship with Spain. She hears how life is changing there, not just in the big city of Barcelona but in the more rural areas near the Pyrenees. Sandi also talks about the Cornish coast with the historian and author Philip Marsden who has lived in the Falmouth area for many years and reflects on the role of the sea in the lives of the residents and visitors from the days of sail to the present.

Producer: Harry Parker.

  • Richard Gwyn

    is a novelist, poet and critic. His latest book, part memoire, part travelogue is called The Vagabond's Breakfast. Richard lived and worked in Catalonia for many years and is now Professor of Creative Writing for MA students at Cardiff University.

    The Vagabond's Breakfast
    Publisher: Alcemi
    ISBN-10: 0956012558
    ISBN-13: 978-0956012555

    Find out more about Richard Gwyn
  • Peter Bush

    is an award-winning literary translator who now lives in Barcelona. Peter first went to Barcelona in the late sixties when Catalan was a banned language and Catalan literature endured a semi-clandestine existence. He is the guest editor of Litro magazine’s Catalan special edition 106.

    Exiled from Almost Everywhere (Spanish Literature) Juan Goytisolo
    Juan Goytisolo (Author), Peter Bush (Author)
    Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
    ISBN-10: 9781564786357
    ISBN-13: 978-1564786357

    Find out more about Peter Bush
  • Philip Marsden

    is a travel writer and novelist who has lived by the Cornish sea for over 20 years. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He has written extensively on Ethiopia as well as Poland and Armenia.

    The Levelling Sea: the Story of a Cornish Haven in the Age of Sail
    Publisher: HarperPress
    ISBN-10: 0007174535
    ISBN-13: 978-0007174539

    Find out more about Philip Marsden



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