Hanging around in train stations

There is a long tradition of English-language travellers fascinated by the back-roads of Spain who write a book of personal impressions, conversations with local people, history and literature. Brett Hetherington joins a list that includes George Borrow, Laurie Lee, Gerald Brenan, Rose Macaulay and Penelope Chetwode

Clive Boutle
Francis Boutle publishers

The World Caught up with Me

book review & interviewYou publish an enormous number of minority language books.To date, I have published in the following languages: Cornish, Manx, Breton, Galician, Occitan, Faroese, Romani, Catalan,...

Alasdair Gray
28 December 1934 - 29 December 2019

in the early days of a better nation

“When I was 19 or 20 I went to a reading Alasdair Gray gave in Aberdeen, and I came away from that reading knowing that anything and everything were possible in writing. Scottish writing was in revolution and Gray was the heart of a literary renaissance which revitalised everything.” Ali Smith

City of dazzling cafés

Barcelona’s location as a port and Catalonia’s as a terra de pas (crossroads) opened up the city and the country to other cultures, whether it be French and Spanish armies, Latin American novelists, Picasso from Málaga, art nouveau – or food from Italy and France

Know the enemy

The Spanish title of this book written in English sums up an argument that Spain’s history is one of violent conflict. Surely not a surprise to Catalonia Today readers. We are well educated (or indoctrinated?) to understand that the Spanish state’s reaction when its unstable unity is threatened has historically been violent towards Catalonia


In 2014, Italian writer Andrea Camilleri received the ninth Premi Pepe Carvalho, an annual award that was set up by Barcelona city council to honour the life’s work of a crime novelist. It was no ordinary...

Vicent Marqués
Author of ‘History of Catalan and Occitan Cuisine’

“The climate and local products are what define a country’s cuisine”

How did this project to trace the history of Catalan and Occitan cuisine come about?I was interested in cookery from a young age and over the years I bought the few books there were on traditional cuisine....

When garlic breath is haute literature

In a Catalan anthology of his stories, Mares i fills, Irish narrator Colm Tóibín speaks of family, sexuality and exile

A week of records for Catalan Book Week

The 37th Catalan Book Week will take place on L’avinguda de la Catedral, from 6 to 15 September, with more bookstores, publishers, new activities and book signings than ever before

Yet another country

On April 23rd of this year, Catalonia’s Book Day, a group of some fifteen international observers of this event - journalists and MPs from all over the continent - had supper in Barcelona together with...