I was born in Barcelona in 1970. But I have also lived in Albons (Girona), the United States, India, Oaxaca or the Mexico City, Mexico: a country that has been my home for so many years. I am a novelist, and I also write children’s literature, youth literature and essay; I edit anthologies, I research and do journalism. My work has been awarded with prestigious awards, it has been taken to the cinema and the theater, and has also been translated into several languages. So long I have more than 80 published books .
I collaborate in several television, radio and written media. At home and abroad.
And I give 30% of my work and my time to investigate, create and maintain peace activism projects.
As another way of thinking and understanding writing, I have invented a method of literary self-learning that I apply at my work with violence, social exclusion or extreme poverty victims. I give both creative and ‘thinking literary’ courses as I’m always looking for practical applications in peacebuilding; and I direct, coordinate and train voluntary projects against different kinds of violence, inequality and social exclusion; especially through art, journalism and humanities.
In 2007 I founded the FU Collective, but I have also created other projects such as the Escuela Dinámica de Escritores with the mexican peruvian writer Mario Bellatin; other study and creation paths; and I have been a university professor in several careers of humanities. All my work make sense together at Campus Lolita: where I joined the literary campus, the Campus Mila and the peace campus.
I have talked about my work and my way of thinking it in many places around the world such as Harvard, UNAM, Columbia University, Saint Andrews, UNESCO, Amnesty International, the Plaza de Mayo Mothers’ Auditorium, the Centro de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona or the Palacio de la Moneda in Chile, among many others. And I have been, and still are, a counselor of peace projects for several institutions and collectives around the world, since the Fútbol Club Barcelona Foundation to projects without resources to help crack consumers in Mexico City.
If you want to know more, or some of the reasons, there is a long interview in Critic, in Catalan, with which I identify pretty much, a piece I made for Literal Voices wich synthesizes Campus Lolita, and a TedX Talk that I gave in 2018 that I think condenses and gives meaning to all my work. It kind of does to me.
Novels, essays, children’s literature, young adult literature, theater and cinema.
We believe that what we can teach how to write by being who you truly are.
Creation and literary thinking against violence, poverty and social exclusion.
Research, opinion, critics and analysis. Newspapers, magazine, radio and television.