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Literary superstar Laura Esquivel to speak at University of Leicester


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Author Laura Esquivel. Author Laura Esquivel.

Leading Latin American author Laura Esquivel will give the second Annual Creative Writing Lecture at the University of Leicester on October 24.

Laura Esquivel is best known for her prize-winning 1990 book Como Agua Para Chocolate (Like Water For Chocolate).

The book was praised for its marriage of narrative with cooking recipes, and was made into a film that won, among many international prizes, all 11 of 1992’s Ariel Awards (the Mexican Oscars) - Esquivel receiving hers for best adapted screenplay.

Her other novels include The Law of Love (1996), Swift as Desire (2002) and Malinche (2006).

She also published the cookbook An Appetite for Passion in 1995 and Between Two Fires, a collection of essays and recipes, in 2000.

Laura Esquivel was born in Mexico City in 1950 and began writing while working as a teacher – initially creating plays for her students before moving on to write children’s television programs during the 1970s and 1980s.

The lecture has been sponsored by Santander Universities, an initiative which supports higher education around the world.

Dr Harry Whitehead, Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University, said: “The School of English is very excited to have the opportunity to bring Laura Esquivel from Mexico to deliver the Annual Creative Writing Lecture.

“Our thanks go to Santander Universities for making this financially possible. The Lecture's ethos is to try to invigorate creative writing by hearing from leading voices outside the white, English speaking tradition.

“As one of the Latin world's literary superstars, and as a leading proponent of magic realism, Esquivel will have much to tell us that goes beyond the normal ways writing is discussed in the UK.

“Having such an author deliver this lecture, one who is both a writer of serious literary fiction and hugely popular in a very different cultural tradition to our own, will make for be a truly unique experience.”

The School of English at the University of Leicester offers Creative Writing in poetry, prose and screen-writing at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and the School is home to a number of Honorary Visiting Writing Fellows as well as Booker Prize-winning Visiting Professor Ben Okri.

The School awards prizes in fiction and poetry and engages in an ever-expanding number of creative writing projects, including the Grassroutes: Contemporary Leicestershire Writing project.

Laura Esquivel’s lecture will take place on October 24 from 6.30pm in the Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 1. The lecture is open to the public and free of charge.


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