In Conversation with Bernardo Atxaga

Bernardo Atxaga, Basque novelist and journalist

Co-presented with the Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney

Join us for an exclusive Sydney event with visiting Basque novelist Bernardo Atxaga. He’ll be reading from his stories and discussing some of the film versions of his works in a wide-ranging conversation with University of Sydney academic, Dr Anne Walsh.

Bernardo Atxaga

Bernardo Atxaga was born in Gipuzkoa in the Basque Country (Euskadi). He received a diploma in economics from the University of Bilbao, and studied philosophy at the University of Barcelona. He worked as an economist, bookseller, professor of the Basque language, a publisher, and a radio scriptwriter. Atxaga writes in the Basque language, Euskara, and translates some of his own work into Spanish as well. He has written plays, song lyrics, novels and short stories. His work has been translated into 20 languages and his books in English include the short story collection Obabakoak and the novels The Accordionist's Son and Seven Houses in France. His work has won worldwide acclaim with his latest children’s story, The Adventures of Shola, being recently published in English.

Bernardo Atxaga is in Australia as a guest of the 2014 Adelaide Writers’ Week, and his visit is supported by Accion Cultural/Espanola and Etxepare Basque Institute.