A Galician poet, novelist and journalist, Manuel Rivas Barros started his writing career at the age of 15. He has written for El Pais, La Voz de Galicia and Ideal Gallego.
He was a founding member of Greenpeace Spain and played an important role during the 2002 Prestige oil spill near the Galician coast. He has published 9 anthologies of poetry, 14 novels and many literary essays.
Two of his short story collections have been adapted to films, Qué me quieres, amor? for the film La Lengua de las Mariposas ("Butterfly") His 1998 novel O Lápis do Carpinteiro (The Carpenter’s Pencil) has been published in nine countries and is the most widely translated work in the history of Galician literature. It also was adapted to film. His forthcoming poetry collection will be published by Shearsman in autumn 2018, translated by Lorna Shaughnessy.
Manuel will be reading at the opening event and on Thursday night.