Bath Spa hosts launch of international magazine Granta

Nov 1 2012 4:50 PM

Bath Spa University is proud to support the launch of the latest issue of Granta Magazine at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution on Thursday 15 November.

‘Granta 121: Best of the Young Brazilian Novelists’ features work by Carola Saavedra and Vinicius Jatobá. Both will take part in the Bath launch in a panel discussion with Online Editor of Granta Ted Hodgkinson and translator Jethro Soutar.

Granta has had a long and distinguished history, publishing many of the world’s finest writers on a wide array of subjects, from intimate human experiences to large public and political events. In the pages of Granta, readers met for the first time writers such as Bill Bryson, Romesh Gunesekera, Blake Morrison, Arundhati Roy and Zadie Smith; and encountered topics as diverse as the fall of Saigon, the mythology of the Titanic, adultery, psychotherapy and Chinese cricket fighting.

Dr Paul Meyer, who runs the undergraduate Creative Writing programme at Bath Spa University, said: “Granta is one of the world’s top literary publications. The University is proud to help launch this special issue devoted to new Brazilian writing.”

Speaking at the event are: 

  • Carola Saavedra is the author of the collection of short stories Do lado de fora, and three novels including Paisagem com dromedário, which was published in 2010 and won the Rachel de Queiroz Award for Best Young Author.
  • ViniciusJatobá is a literary critic and has contributed short stories to the prose anthology Cariocas and Cinema Utopia Revolução. He is currently working on his first novel, Pés descalços, and a collection of short stories Apenas o vento.
  • As well as being the online editor of Granta, Ted Hodgkinson is judge of the 2012 Costa Book Awards for Poetry. His work has appeared in Notes from the Underground and The May Anthology. He has a MA in English from the University of Oxford and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University.
  • Jethro Soutar is the author of two nonfiction books published by Anova: Ronaldinho: Football's Flamboyant Maestro (2006) and Gael García Bernal and the Latin American New Wave (2008). He translates Spanish and Portuguese, and his translation of Argentine novel La Aguja en el Pajar, written by Ernesto Mallo, was published as Needle in a Haystack by Bitter Lemon Press in 2010.

Tickets to the event are free, please contact Paul Meyer, Subject Leader of Creative Writing, Bath Spa University to reserve a place: p.meyer@bathspa.ac.uk or 01225 876 591