Although there are half a million Latinos living in Britain, they are often absent from mainstream UK literature events. Invisible Presence will change this. It will nurture and develop ten talented young writers (18-40) of Latin American (Hispanic and Brazilian) background living in Britain. These young writers will showcase their work at some of the UKs biggest arts venues-including the Roundhouse in Camden- and have their work published. The writers selected will not necessarily be highly experienced, they may write in journals they have never shared with anyone. But they will have passion, a love of literature, Latin American culture and a real desire to grow as writers.
They will create work in Spanish, Portuguese and English to highlight the cultural richness of the Latino community and become a force in literature for the future. The IP programme is unlike any other UK young writer development programme: it will look at Latin American texts/music and inspirations (in Spanish, Portuguese and in translation for those who are not bi-lingual). Almost all tutors will be bi-lingual. Writers will be encouraged to write in Spanish, Portuguese or English in a non-competitive environment and to develop their own unique voices. The IP journey will be a great mix of work and fiestas.
The programme is run by poet/Director Leo Boix and producer/Director Nathalie Teitler; both born in Argentina. Leo has published several collections in Latin America (Letras del Sur), is widely published in the UK and regularly performs at major festivals and events, including the Southbank, Aldeburgh and The Poetry Cafe. Nathalie Teitler has run writer mentoring and development programmes for over 15 years and is the Director of the Complete Works Poetry-one of the most successful diversity initiatives in British arts.
Ten British Latino Writers Selected
We were overwhelmed with the quality and quantity of the applications for the IP writer development programme. They came from writers of all genres-theatre, poetry, spoken word and fiction- and represented all countries and ages. Together they prove not only that there is a considerable presence of British Latino writers in the UK but that they are of a much wider range of backgrounds than even we expected. We have selected ten exceptional writers who are now the Invisible Presence team. Congratulations to all those chosen.
Over the next ten days we will put up their full biographies and photos on the website. We will also be putting up in-depth interviews with each writer talking not only about their art, but also about their lives and the unique culture of Latinos in the UK.
If you would like to hear their work then they will be performing at the Roundhouse on June 23rd, with many other events organised.
Armando Celayo (Mexico)
Alba Frederick (Bolivia)
Léster Gomez Medina ( Nicaragua-Costa Rica)
Guido García Lueches (Uruguay)
Lucio Bolivar (Ecuador)
Carla Rodríguez (Argentina)
Carlos Mauricio Rojas (Colombia)
Marina Sánchez (American Indian)
Denisse Vargas Bolaños (Bolivia)
Roseanna Wiseman (Brazil/Bolivia)