Xavier Alcalá is one of Galicia’s most established writers. He has published over twenty works of fiction in the last thirty years. Themes in his work include emigration and the Spanish Civil War. Most recently he has published the trilogy Evangelical Memory, an extremely well documented account of the experiences of the Evangelical communities in Galicia during the twentieth century. Other well known novels include Our Ashes and Fable. He has written widely about his travels in Latin America and been a regular contributor to Galician newspapers since the 1970s. He is a trained telecommunications engineer with a PhD in computer science and lives and works in Brussels… read more
Marilar Aleixandre is professor of experimental sciences at the University of Santiago de Compostela. She is the author of several collections of poetry and adult and young adult fiction. She has written four novels and a collection of short stories, Wolves on the Islands. Her novel Theory of Chaos received the Xerais Prize for best novel in 2001. Two poetry collections were awarded top prizes, including Mutations, a recreation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses written in the voices of women. She has written several novels for children, including Medusa’s Head, and is the Galician translator of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone… read more
As well as being a journalist and screenwriter for Galician television, Diego Ameixeiras is one of Galicia’s most accomplished crime writers. His eight novels sometimes feature a detective, other times people living on the margins of life. He is not afraid to deal with contemporary issues such as political ambition and the preferential shares banking scandal. A lot of the action in his novels is centred around the city of Ourense, called Oregón. His most famous novels are Tell Me Something Dirty (2009) and Killing You Slowly (2013). Other novels include Three Seconds of Memory, which won the Xerais Prize for best novel in 2006… read more
A journalist and screenwriter, Rosa Aneiros is best known as a writer of adult and young adult fiction. She won prizes for her novels Resistance (2002), about two lovers involved in the resistance to the twentieth-century dictatorship in Portugal, The Sea Came to See Me (2004), about a biologist confronting the Prestige oil spill, and Winter Sun (2009), about a woman who escapes the Spanish Civil War and has to face the voices and wounds of exile. As a children’s writer, she caught attention with her novel Butterfly Wings (2009), with its cast of international characters, and most recently with the trilogy I Love You Leo A. (2013-4)… read more
Fina Casalderrey is one of Galicia’s most successful writers of children’s and young adult fiction and taught for many years at secondary level. She has published more than forty books and twice been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (in 2010 and 2012). In 1996 she was awarded the Spanish National Prize for Literature for The Mystery of Lúa’s Children. Her works have been included in the White Ravens Catalogue (Marriage Forbidden, Papa! and Who Wants to Adopt Me?). She has also written on Galician gastronomy. Her works have been translated widely inside Spain, and into English, French, Italian, Korean and… read more
Fernando M. Cimadevila is the author of a series of novels dedicated to The Secret World of Basilius Hoffman, in which the explorer of hidden worlds and part-time knight Basilius Hoffman goes off in search of the legendary Cartographer’s Diary in the company of his nephew. Three novels in this series have been published to date: The Dream Snatcher (2011), A Lighthouse in the Dark (2013) and The Battle for Avalon (2015). He has written a series of children’s novels, The Adventures of the Palpator, and a detective novel set in Nepal, Stroking the Sky (2014). Fernando Cimadevila has run his own bookshop, Auryn, dedicated to fantasy literature and now publishes… read more
Ledicia Costas is the author of two children’s books, Scarlet Fever the Late Departed Cook (2015) and its prequel Emeraldine the Late Departed Kid (2016), in which the narrative is interspersed with cooking recipes. For the first of these, she was awarded the Spanish National Prize for Literature in 2015. She has also written several young adult novels: A Star in the Wind (2000); Heart of Jupiter (2012), available in English, about the dangers of online relationships; Grey Enclosure (2014) about an army of wolf soldiers who invade City Vii to carry off those with disabilities; Jules Verne and the Secret Life of Plant Women (2016)… read more
Xabier P. DoCampo is one of Galicia’s most distinguished writers. As a schoolteacher, he has been heavily involved in movements of educational reform in Galicia. He has also contributed greatly, in libraries and other settings, to the promotion of reading. He has worked as an actor and scriptwriter. But he is best known for his works of fiction aimed at younger readers, of which there are more than thirty. These have been included in the IBBY Honour List and the White Ravens Catalogue. In 1995 he won the Spanish National Prize for Literature with When There’s a Knock on the Door in the Night. His novel The Book of Imaginary Journeys… read more
Pedro Feijoo is one of Galicia’s most exciting contemporary authors. Trained as a musician, he has taken part in numerous musical projects and written a survey of the state of Galician music. His story ‘The Viaduct’s Secret’ was published in 2011. But his greatest success came a year later with the publication of the novel Children of the Sea, awarded the Martín Sarmiento and San Clemente Prizes for fiction and shortlisted for the Xerais Prize for best novel. This work was followed by Memory of the Rain in 2013. His novels are set in Galician cities such as Vigo and Santiago de Compostela, contain a heavy dose of adventure and intrigue and are written… read more
Agustín Fernández Paz is a best-selling Galician author of children’s and young adult fiction. He has published more than forty books and his work has been translated into French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish among others. He has twice been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and in 2012 was Spain’s nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award (the children’s Nobel). His books are regularly included in the IBBY Honour List and the White Ravens Catalogue. In 2008 he won the Spanish National Prize for Literature for his book of short stories Nothing Really Matters in Life More Than Love, becoming the tenth Galician author to do so… read more
An experienced journalist, Elena Gallego Abad is the author of a series of novels about Dragal, the Galician dragon seeking to reincarnate in the body of a boy, Hadrián. The saga comprises three novels – Dragal I: The Dragon’s Inheritance (2010); Dragal II: The Dragon’s Metamorphosis (2011); Dragal III: The Dragon’s Fraternity (2012) – and further novels are planned. A film, together with other multimedia content, is currently in production. Elena Gallego Abad is the author of another novel, Seven Skulls (2014), which follows a journalist, Marta Vilas, as she investigates a case of multiple murder. The author is often described as the Galician J. K. Rowling… read more
Xabier López López is the author of numerous novels, including: The Notebook (2001), awarded the Risco Prize for fantasy literature; Monkey in the Mirror (2002), awarded the Lueiro Prize for a short novel; The Life That Kills Us (2003), awarded both the García Barros and the Spanish Critics’ Prizes; and Chains (2013), winner of the Xerais Prize for best novel, in which the author comes across a woman reading his novel on the beach and different fragments/styles are combined to delve deep into what constitutes a novel. He is also the author of several children’s books. His works have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic… read more
Inma López Silva teaches dramatic theory at the Galician School of Dramatic Art and holds a doctorate in Galician philology. Her work varies between novels such as Concubines (2002), awarded the Xerais Prize for best novel, and Memory of Cities without Light (2008), awarded the Blanco Amor and San Clemente Prizes, and books of a more intimate nature such as diaries about her experiences living in New York (New York, New York, 2007) and becoming a mother for the first time (Maternosofia, 2014). She has published two collections of short stories, Roses, Crows and Songs (2000) and Ink (2012). She has translated work by the French authors… read more
Manuel Lourenzo González is one of few writers to have been awarded the three major Galician prizes for novels – the Blanco Amor, the Xerais and the García Barros – with the three adult novels he has published: Archaeophagy (1995), The Garden of Floating Stones (2008) and Atl (2012). He is the author of six collections of short stories, including a selection set in Pontevedra, Storks at the Bottom of the Estuary (2015), and numerous titles aimed at younger readers, including Brother of the Wind, awarded the Merlín Prize in 2003. He has written two plays, Carnival Play and Music of the Night, awarded the O Facho and Estornela Prizes… read more
Andrea Maceiras has studied Galician and Spanish philology, and holds a PhD from Coruña University. She has published several children’s and young adult novels: Project Butterfly (2007) about a mathematician who sets out to verify the butterfly effect; Tamurana Violet (2010) about an island whose inhabitants are coloured violet; The Secret of the Ocellated Lizard (2012) about a boy who returns to the village; Clouds of Evolution (2013) about three people who meet in a bus station; You’ll Come Back, Dolphin (2014) about a girl who visits the Death Coast in Galicia with her family; My Dear Scheherazade (2014) about a book with one story left to tell; and Europe Express (2015)… read more
Teresa Moure is one of Galicia’s most accomplished writers. She is the author of five novels, the most famous of which is Black Nightshade, which received numerous accolades when it was first published, including the Xerais Prize for best novel and the Spanish Critics’ Prize for Galician fiction. She writes essays and theatre. Two essays, Another Language Is Possible and We Re-Queer a New World, received the Ramón Piñeiro Prize for best essay, while A Spring for Aldara won the Rafael Dieste Prize for best play. She has a doctorate in general linguistics and teaches in the faculties of philosophy and philology at Santiago de Compostela University… read more
Miguel-Anxo Murado is a well-known Galician writer and journalist who spent periods of time in the ex-Yugoslavia and the Middle East. Much of his fiction is based on these experiences. Noise: War Stories details his experiences in Bosnia and Croatia, End of the Century in Palestine reflects on his work as a press officer for the United Nations during the Second Intifada, The Fever Dream grew out of an attack of fever in Cairo. One of his most lyrical story-books is Ash Wednesday. All his fiction draws universal lessons from seemingly insignificant or transient details. He has also published poetry, drama and essays (including one on Japanese life… read more
Xosé Neira Vilas (1928-2015) had a rural upbringing. At the age of 21, he moved to Argentina, where he entered into contact with important Galician cultural figures and founded the publishing house Follas Novas. He married the writer Anisia Miranda and together they moved to Cuba, where they remained for thirty years before returning to Galicia in 1992. His book Memoirs of a Peasant Boy is one of the most successful novels in the history of Galician literature and forms part of a trio of novels (Memoirs of a Peasant Boy, Letters to Lelo, Those Years of Moncho) that reflect the rural world and emigration through the eyes of a child. The same themes are seen through the eyes of an adult… read more
Xavier Queipo holds degrees in biology and medicine and surgery. Since 1989, he has lived and worked in Brussels, Belgium. He has published numerous works of fiction, among them Arctic and Other Seas (1990), The Northwest Passage (1996), Kite (2001), Dragoness (2007) and Extramunde (2011), and has been awarded many prizes, including the García Barros and Xerais Prizes for best novel. Several of his works have been translated into French, Portuguese and Spanish. Aside from writing poetry, essays and children’s literature, he is also a renowned translator into Galician from English and French, his co-translation of Ulysses… read more
Anxo Rei Ballesteros was a highly accomplished writer who combined the use of different narrative techniques with a critical, philosophical approach to the world we live in. He wrote four novels, the last published posthumously: Of Angels and the Dead, Sun-Ray, Will I See You Again? and Night of the Little Owl. He also published a book of short stories, The Shadow of Your Dreams. His essay Time and Revenge, a study of time through the prism of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, won the Ramón Piñeiro Prize for best essay. He also wrote a play, Draught Games, and produced versions of Samuel Beckett’s Molloy and Jean Cocteau’s The Human Voice in Galician… read more
María Reimóndez is the author of seven novels, including The Knitting Club (2006), Pirate (2009) and three novels in which the secondary characters of one novel become the protagonists of another: On the Road to Extinction (2012), From the Conflict (2014) and The Music of Living Beings (2015). She is the founder of an NGO, Implicadas/os no Desenvolvemento (Involved in Development), devoted to eradicating gender discrimination in countries such as India and Ethiopia. She has written a guidebook to feminisms of the world, Feminisms (2013), in collaboration with Olga Castro. She has numerous works of poetry and children’s literature… read more
Manuel Rivas is Galicia’s most international writer. He has published eight books in English: four novels, two poetry collections and two books of short stories (one a film tie-in, Butterfly’s Tongue). His novel The Carpenter’s Pencil, which has also been made into a film, is the most widely translated work of Galician literature and has been translated into thirty languages. His most recent novel, also a film, is All Is Silence, which was published by Harvill Secker in May 2013. With his book of short stories Vermeer’s Milkmaid & Other Stories, he won the Spanish National Prize for Literature in 1996. He works as a journalist and is a regular contributor… read more
Antón Riveiro Coello is one of the most promising writers of his generation. He has published eight novels, the most famous of which are Bakunin’s Turtledoves (winner of the García Barros Prize for best novel in 2000) and Laura in the Desert (winner of the Spanish Critics’ Prize for Galician fiction in 2011). He also has several collections of short stories, including most recently Casas Baratas, stories set in the provincial town where the author grew up, and Water Ghosts, as well as essays, children’s literature and poetry. Having studied law at Santiago de Compostela University, Riveiro Coello was a civil servant before devoting himself full-time to writing… read more
Anxos Sumai has been a regular online diarist, and this gave rise to her first two books, Guardian Angels (2003) and Melody of Used Days (2005), diaries that function as novels. Since then, she has published two more works of fiction, This Is How Whales Are Born (2007), which won the Repsol Short Fiction Prize and made her the Galician Publishers’ Association author of the year, and Harvest Moon (2013), awarded the García Barros Prize for best novel and the Spanish Critics’ Prize. Anxos Sumai has worked as a radio journalist, contributing weekly reflections to the programme Cultural Diary on Galician radio during 2006, We Are Dangerously Normal… read more
Suso de Toro is the author of eight novels for adults, including Thirteen Chimes, which won him the Spanish National Prize for Literature in 2003. The critic Basilio Losada described the novel Tick-Tock as perhaps the most impressive novel ever written in the Galician language. He has published several collections of short stories, including the groundbreaking Polaroid, a reference point in modern Galician literature, as well as three novels for younger readers. He teaches Galician language and literature at secondary school and is a regular contributor to newspapers such as El País. He is considered one of the most successful writers of his generation… read more
Galician is the language of Galicia in north-west Spain, whose capital is Santiago de Compostela, and it shares a common heritage with Portuguese.
There are numerous authors writing in the Galician language and in 2011 a total of 1855 books were published in Galician (according to the Spanish ISBN Agency).
Here the visitor to the site will be able to read work by selected Galician authors, find synopses of their most successful titles and read a short biography.
The visitor will also find a list of Galician books already published in English, with links to publishers’ websites where available.
Finally there is information on the availability of rights and translation grants, together with a short history of Galician literature from 1196 to today.
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