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Nero Giallo: a talk about Crime novels in British & Hispanic Literature

16 November @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Nero Giallo, the annual crime novel series organised by the Instituto Cervantes, comes to Manchester with a round table discussion with acclaimed writers such as Joseph Knox (United Kingdom), Blanca Riestra (Spain), Santiago Gamboa (Colombia), along with Rob Parker (United Kingdom) as a host, who will talk about the presence of crime literature in their narrative work and will reflect on their own experience about the paths that the genre is taking in their personal work.

In its sixth edition, “Nero Giallo. Encuentros en la Novela Negra” broadens its horizons and arrives from Italy and Spain to the United Kingdom with rivers of ink and crime fiction that will pass through the physical and virtual spaces of the Instituto Cervantes. Once again, the names, the themes, the voices, and the great questions generated by one of the most popular genres in the world today will unfold, uniting in an identical desire for dialogue, pleasure and knowledge many of the Spanish-speaking countries with the Italian cultural universe.

The event is in collaboration with Manchester City of Literature.


About the authors:

Joseph Knox was born and raised in and around Stoke and Manchester, where he worked in bars and bookshops before moving to London. His debut novel, Sirens, the first part of the Aidan Waits series, was a bestseller and has been translated into eighteen languages. His latest, True Crime Story, is his first stand-alone novel.

Blanca Riestra holds a PhD in Hispanic Philology from the University of Borgoña, has been director of the Instituto Cervantes in Albuquerque (United States), university lecturer in Italy, France and Spain, literary director of the “Versión Celeste” collection of the French publishing house Orbis Tertius and is currently a teacher of French language and literature at the IES Neira Vilas in A Coruña (Spain).

She has published the novels Anatol y dos más (1996), La canción de las cerezas (2001, winner of the 2001 Ateneo Joven de Sevilla Prize), El Sueño de Borges (2005, winner of the Tigre Juan Prize), Todo lleva su tiempo (2007, finalist for the Fernando Quiñones Prize), Madrid Blues (2008), La noche sucks (2010), Vuelo diurno (2012), Pregúntale al bosque (Ciudad de Barbastro Award 2013), Greta en su laberinto (2015, Torrente Ballester Award), Noire Compostela (2016, La Voz de Galicia serial novel award), Últimas noches del edificio San Francisco, Ateneo de Sevilla Award (2020), Aquí comeza o mar, Blanco-Amor Award (2021) and the poetry collection Una felicidad salvaje (2010).

Santiago Gamboa was born in Bogotá, (Colombia). He studied literature at the Javeriana University in Bogotá and also earned a degree in Hispanic Philology at the University Complutense de Madrid. He later moved to Paris where he studied Cuban literature at The Sorbonne, before going on to work as a journalist in the Latin American department of the International French radio between 1993 and 1997. In 1995 Gamboa published his first novel, Páginas de vuelta, which was shortly followed by Perder es cuestión de método. In 2005, Gamboa released the film adaptation of this book, directed by Sergio Cabrera, which found success in 37 countries across the globe. In October 2001 he published Octubre en Pekín, and in 2003 the novel Los impostores, which has since been translated into 16 languages. His publication El síndrome de Ulises was finalist in the Rómulo Gallegos awards in 2007. Other highlighted novels are Necrópolis (2009) or Será larga la noche (2019).

Host: Rob Parker is the well-renowned author of the Ben Bracken thrillersCrook´s Hollow and now the best-selling audiobook Far From The Tree. Other than this Rob Parker is a married father of three, enjoying (as he writes on his website,) a rural life on an old pig farm (now minus pigs), writing horrible things between school runs. Rob writes full-time, whilst also attending various author events across the UK. He spends a lot of time in schools across the North, encouraging literacy, story-telling and creative writing. He also appears regularly on The Blood Brothers Crime Podcast and is a member of the Northern Crime Syndicate.

Free entry, but RSVP is required.

Event in Spanish and English with simultaneous translation.


Instituto Cervantes Manchester
Instituto Cervantes Manchester 326-330 Deansgate Campfield Avenue Arcade M3 4FN
Manchester, M3 4FN Manchester
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