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The Amplified Literature Fest

Kosmopolis is a biennial literary event, born in 2002 and held at the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona.

Journey to Mars: First Stop

Talk and screening

Over a period of three months, five groups of men and women creators, activists, thinkers, and young people who have migrated unaccompanied have formed the crew of a metaphorical mission to Mars in order to reflect upon the experience of the journey itself and the future we have in common. ...

Colm Tóibín and Jordi Puntí

The Secret Life of Writers

The Irish writer Colm Tóibín, who has just published The Magician, speaks with the writer Jordi Puntí about the power of fiction when offering insights into the lives of great creators.

The Voynich Manuscript

A Centuries-Old Enigma

The Voynich manuscript has been a mystery since it first appeared in the early fifteenth century. A mixture of naturalist treatise, hermetic text, and cryptic repertoire of signs, no one has yet been able to ascertain the author, contents, or aims of the work. In this session moderated by Elisa ...

Concert by Nico Roig, with Lucia Fumero and David Soler

Martian Heart

The singer and composer Nico Roig re-creates, live, the music he has composed for the exhibition Mars: The Red Mirror and embarks on a sound journey that moves through history from the metamorphoses of the planet to the strange Martian landscapes captured by recent space missions. ...

Werner Herzog and Clive Oppenheimer

Messengers from Space

The film director Werner Herzog speaks with the volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer about the third documentary they have made together, Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds, an inquiry into the cultural significance of meteorites, the impact their craters have had on humanity, and everything science has been able to learn about them.

Martian Series: More Fiction Than Science?

Live recording of the iCatFM programme ‘SerieSelektor’

The podcast of the iCat series comes to Kosmopolis to analyse and recommend several series that explore the red planet. In such series, Mars has become one of the obsessions of present-day sci-fi, but how much fiction and how much reality is there? How and when will man arrive on Mars?

Presentation of the special number of ‘BRANCA’ magazine

The Rockets Came Like Locusts

Presentation of the collection of short stories Els coets venien com llagostes, fruit of a joint project of BRANCA magazine and the CCCB, and that starts out from the wish to think about futures with the excuse of a hypothetical colonisation of Mars.

Aina Huguet, Iris Llop, Artur Garcia Fuster, Gemma Medina and Martí Sales

Ray Bradbury: A Critical Reading

A story, an actress, and three critics: Aina Huguet reads Ray Bradbury’s The Veldt (La sabana), and Iris Llop, Artur Garcia, and Gemma Medina (from the online magazine of literary criticism, La Lectora) squeeze the text from three different angles in order to extract as much juice from it as possible.

Robert Macfarlane and Gabi Martínez

The Story of the Fire and the Ice

Robert Macfarlane, a world reference of nature writing, speaks with Gabi Martínez, promotor of the idea of Liternatura, on how to construct a new story about nature, one that draws attention to the importance of looking after marginal spaces and biodiversity when faced with the greyness of the Anthropocene.

Verónica Gerber Bicecci and Alicia Kopf

The Dance of Renewal

Recently there has been a proliferation of bridging texts imbibing from the best that fiction and artistic practice have to offer in order to explore new territories and enrich fiction with the plastic arts. These are books that tend to take shape in drawing, photography, videos, and painting, ...

Sophie Collins, Irenosen Okojie, Mireia Calafell and Anna Gual

Poetising the Tomorrow

What words do we need for thinking about the future? Are the concepts and ideas of the past of any use or must we create new ones to name another possible world? Where will we find these words that have not yet been spoken? Poetic and audiovisual recital where Sophie Collins and Irenosen Okojie read their texts by videoconference, accompanied from the CCCB by the poets Mireia Calafell and Anna Gual who leads the session.  

Verónica Gerber Bicecci, Giovanna Rivero, Fernanda Trías, and Jorge Carrión

Future America

What future horizons are being drawn by Latin American literature today? What is it like, this most recent speculative fiction from the other shores of the Atlantic? What interventions does it propose in the domains of realism, experimental literature, and contemporary art? With very different origins and biographies, the writers Verónica Gerber Bicecci, Fernanda Trías, and Giovanna Rivero speak, in this conversation with the writer Jorge Carrión, about their work and that of other contemporary writers of the continent.

Poetry Slam: Kosmopolis special edition

Ten slammers will participate in this poetic competition, always in an agile, dynamic form establishing new relations between public and poets, in a special version thematically linked with the exhibitions “Mars: The Red Mirror” and “Science Friction”. As always, the ...

Mia Couto, José Eduardo Agualusa and Tania Adam

Translators of Dreams

Although they were born half a continent apart, the Mozambican Mia Couto and the Angolan José Eduardo Agualusa are good friends as well as being two of the most respected figures of African literature. They are united by a linguistic homeland—Portuguese—and a similar conception ...

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Lana Bastašić, Tatiana Țîbuleac, and Xènia Dyakonova

Writing in Turbulence

In Kosmopolis, Lana Bastašić and Tatiana Țîbuleac, two women among Europe’s writers of most potential,  share the stage for the first time to speak about literature, language as activism and turbulences, because their books are shocking, full of extreme characters and dysfunctional relationships.

Sebastià Portell, Joaquín Rodríguez, and Angelina Cabré

Reading, between Pleasure and Need

In an event organized by the Libraries of Barcelona and moderated by Angelina Cabré, Sebastià Portell and Joaquín Rodríguez, two authors of different but complementary standpoints on reading,  speak about their most recent books on the occasion of Kosmopolis 2021.

Presentation of the magazine ‘CARN DE CAP TRES’

Posthuman Landscapes

The literary magazine CARN DE CAP, promoted by the Escola Bloom, presents its third issue, a landscape to Posthumanism, as a space for going beyond the aesthetic, political, and philosophical coordinates of humanism.

Claudia Durastanti and Stefanie Kremser

Being from Everywhere or Nowhere

These two nomad writers talk about identities that are constructed on the basis of passport stamps and refer to their most recent books, L’estrangera (The Stranger – L’Altra Editorial / Anagrama) and Si aquest carrer fos meu (If This Street Were Mine – Edicions de 1984 / Entreambos), to discuss uprootedness, the sense of belonging, and the strategies they have adopted to find their place in the world.

Isaki Lacuesta, Pedro G. Romero, and LaboratoriA

Mute Portraits

Isaki Lacuesta has once again amplified flamenco with Retratos mudos, a performance-screening of a series of soundless films of great flamenco artists, accompanied by live music from the LaboratoriA group and a conversation with the artist Pedro G. Romero.

Maggie O’Farrell, Gemma Ruiz Palà, and Begoña Gómez Urzaiz

Forget about Shakespeare

In this session, Maggie O’Farrell, one of the United Kingdom’s most acclaimed writers, speaks with Gemma Ruiz Palà and Begoña Gómez Urzaiz about her immersion in Elizabethan theatre, the misogyny of biographers, and her discovery of the world of natural knowledge to the point of becoming a veritable healer.

Martian Waves. Science, literature, and live radio

Recording of a live podcast

Closing festivities of the "ALIA Mission", an educational project relating popularisation of science with literary and artistic creation, with the conversation of the astrophysicist Fatoumata Kébé with Miquel Sureda, and the recording of a live podcast with the schools and scientists involved. 

Kameron Hurley and Víctor García Tur

Feminism in the Age of Geeks

The standpoint of gender has changed science fiction and Kameron Hurley is overturning paradigms and enriching the genre in many directions.She speaks with Víctor García Tur, winner of the Sant Jordi Prize with his L’aigua que vols (The Water You Want ...

Oriol Sauleda, Marcel·lí Bayer and Alexandra Garzón

The Only Thing I Need Is to Imagine

Accompanied by the musician Marcel·lí Bayer and the video creator Alexandra Garzón, Oriol Sauleda takes us on a trip through the cosmos with words alone. Fasten your seatbelts and prepare for a recital with an ascending lexicon and constellations of metaphors. A unique ...

Dani Orviz and Crisal Rodríguez

Poetry Slam

The poetry slammers Dani Orviz and Crisal Rodríguez recite two creations inspired by the great themes of this Kosmopolis, namely our interplanetary future and coexistence among companion species.

Fatoumata Kébé and Albert Forns

The Moon Is a Novel

With L’altra cara de la Lluna (Once Upon a Moon: History, Myths and Legends – Angle Editorial/Blackie Books), Fatoumata Kébét pays tribute to our satellite, offering a cultural history of the Moon that reads like a gripping novel.  This brilliant French astrophysicist talks with the writer and journalist Albert Forns, ranging from the myths and legends that different civilisations have devoted to the queen of the night through to the space race and the influence the Moon has had in films, songs, and even the expressions we use. ...

Hervé Le Tellier and Pablo Martín Sánchez

Parallel Universes

Speculation is the departure point for many great stories. Ever since the Iliad, starting from a hypothetical “and if…” and exploring parallel universes, possible futures, and uchronian pasts, have allowed us to test the contradictions of our world. In today’s ...

Deep Blue Rhapsody wins the 19th Lletra Prize


“Deep Blue Rhapsody” has been selected as the winner of the 19th Lletra Prize for the best digital initiative to promote Catalan literature, organised by the Prudenci Bertrana Foundation and the Open University of Catalonia’s Lletre Project. The project was presented at ...

Books and Places for a Literary Summer


Eternal cities, the centre of the world, a mysterious lake, the red planet, wonderland or the closest place possible… What book would you pack if you had to choose? This is the question we asked the CCCB team. And these are these are the results – their suggestions for a literary summer...

María José Llergo

Canción de Soldados

We’re celebrating the end of K19 with a concert by María José Llergo, one of the most prominent voices in contemporary flamenco and a singer with a particular affinity for lyrics that shine a light on social struggles. Llergo sings about love, sadness and incomprehension ...

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María José Llergo


We’re celebrating the end of K19 with a concert by María José Llergo, one of the most prominent voices in contemporary flamenco and a singer with a particular affinity for lyrics that shine a light on social struggles. Llergo sings about love, sadness and incomprehension ...

Talking About Books: From Literary Criticism to Podcasts, Booktubers and Book Clubs

Marina Porras, Marc Rovira, Marta Botet Borràs, Ricard Ruiz Garzón, Marc Pastor y Albert Forns

In this talk, we introducd some of the spaces where we can talk about books, from literary criticism magazines to reading clubs, organised by Catalan libraries with very good attendance, through to new spaces for discussion on the Internet

Susan Orlean and Bel Olid

We speak to Susan Orlean, one of the leading lights in modern American cultural journalism, who has written for The New Yorker magazine since 1987, after working at Rolling StoneSpy, Esquire and Vogue. Orlean ...

Han Kang and Jorge Carrión

Fiction as a Scalpel

With The Vegetarian, winner of the Man Booker prize, Han Kang has become the most prominent female Korean writer. The novel discusses insubordination, misogynist violence, contemporary art, food and humans’ relationship with the plant world, amongst other important questions ...

Paula Bonet

The Pregnant Body Without a Foetus

The story of the feminist revolution bravely shows the taboos that women have faced. The art of Paula Bonet is a clear example when it comes to focusing on the dramatic experiences of women, previously silenced by heteropatriarchal culture. Bonet’s literature, as well as exposing and ...

Natza Farré

Sexism in the Headlines

on La competència (The Competition) and author of Curs de feminisme per a microones (A course in feminism for microwaves) (2018)– carries out a critical reading of various headlines. A session that looks at narratives in journalism, helping ...

Helen Hester and Nick Srnicek

After Work: What Is Left?

There is a certain tension when reflecting on the post-work era. With automatization of the most repetitive tasks, jobs traditionally associated with men are rejected, whilst stereotypically female jobs flourish. At the same time, the automatization of the world may lead to a situation in which ...

Lisa Randall

How Physics Scales the Universe

Quantum theories help us to understand a reality that is hidden from our senses, but which affects our daily lives more than we can imagine. Lisa Randall is one of the most important female scientists of our time, author of seminal works that have contributed to our understanding of the universe ...

Ian Watson and Laura Huerga

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin

The science-fiction writher Ian Watson and the publisher Laura Huerga talk about the film Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin by Arwen Curry (EE.UU, 2018, 68'), a documentary which offers a journey through the worlds, both the real and the fictional, of Ursula K. Le Guin, best known for her ...

Juan Antonio Bayona and Àngel Sala

Tales of High Fantasy

The characters and creatures created as part of the grand tradition of fantasy literature have offered a constant source of inspiration for the great filmmakers who have tackled this genre. J. A. Bayona, currently one of the most relevant names in fantasy film, speaks with Àngel Sala, ...

Paul Mason

The Red Star and the Green Planet

In Red Star (1908) by Alexandr Bogdanov, a communist society on Mars observes the Earth. On realising that the human species has been incapable of overthrowing capitalism, they propose its destruction. More than a century after its publication, Paul Mason poses the question anew: ...

Rasha Abbas, Hamid Sulaiman, Golan Haji and Bashkim Shehu

Stories from Exile

What’s it like to write from exile? Can fiction describe a situation as complicated as a civil war with more nuances? The Syrian writers Rasha Abbas, Hamid Sulaiman and Golan Haji talk to us about their experience as authors who have been forced to leave behind their country and find refuge in another in order to create their work.

Jordi Costa and Vicente Molina Foix

Kubrick’s Labyrinth

Stanley Kubrick’s film oeuvre appears to be timeless, opening itself up to new viewers as though enigmatic architecture built on uncountable layers of sense waiting to be deciphered. The writer Vicente Molina Foix, who collaborated with the filmmaker in the Spanish dubbing of his films ...

Víctor Sala, Joan Burdeus and Sonia Fernández-Vidal

Why Are Scriptwriters Obsessed with Physics?

Is it a coincidence that Walter White’s alter ego in Breaking Bad is called Heisenberg? Can you write a happy ending after the Uncertainty Principle? Scriptwriters should not ignore science when writing, as some of the most passionate stories to be serialised for TV are those that have dug deep into quantum physics.

Vicenç Villatoro and Sam Abrams

The Logic of Locus

Literary fiction – and non-fiction! – is almost always rooted in a physical place, be it real or imaginary. Literature is written from a place. And literary stories have a setting or invent one for the action to take place in. Is the place from which stories are written and their ...

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Blixa Bargeld and the meaning of letter K

Solo Vocal Performance

The unexpected preamble by Blixa Bargeld at the tenth edition of Kosmopolis. The German artist offers us a short dissertation on the meaning of the letter K in the Egyptian alphabet, identifies the element corresponding to it on Mendeleiev’s periodic table, and the specific usefulness ...

Blixa Bargeld

Solo Vocal Performance

What is voice? Is it distinct from music? And what about sound? Blixa Bargeld, vocalist with Einstürzende Neubauten and a pioneer of industrial music, offers us a performance in which their boundaries metamorphosize, in one of the German artist’s most poetic and ironic facets. A performance in which the famous performer shows that his voice is able to produce almost impossible sounds, whilst at the same time including scientific, poetic and philosophical games with his characteristic elegance. ...

Creative Artificial Intelligences

Anna Giralt Gris, Carme Torras, Lali Barrière and Carles Sora

At a moment when artificial intelligence has made a major leap in its creative applications, we wish to create a space for debate as to the nature of automated artistic creation. We share a stage with scientists and artists who are experts in artificial intelligence, philosophy, literature ...

Laura Huerga, Llucia Ramis and Luna Miguel

Why Women will Save the Planet

Up until now, women’s problems were not seen as relevant when discussing climate change. It wasn’t until the voices of the ecofeminists gained strength that we have begun to recognise the indisputable intersection between gender equality and the move towards decarbonised societies. ...


Coral Cruz, David Trueba, Alberto Marini and Mònica García

In the frame of “Is the Novel Always Better?”, Professional session on literary adaptations. We have a debate with leading adapters. When you adapt a work of literature, it might seem like you’re starting off with part of the work already done, but the truth is that bringing ...

I want to adapt this film or comic; what should I do?

Ignacio Monter

In the frame of “Is the Novel Always Better?”, Professional session on literary adaptations. During the creative process, legal questions often arise that can get in the way. In this practical session, the lawyer for Guionistes Associats de Catalunya (Associated Scriptwriters of ...

Eva Baltasar, Marta Orriols, Tina Vallès and Laura Pinyol

First Successful Novels

string(15) "position- 0-300" The writers Eva Baltasar (Permafrost, 2018), Marta Orriols (Aprendre a parlar amb les plantes [Learning to talk to plants], 2018), Tina Vallès (La memòria de l’arbre [The memory of the tree], 2017) and Laura Pinyol (El risc més gran [The greatest risk], 2018) talk about th...

Simon Roy, Rodrigo Fresán and Laura Fernández

The Stories that Move Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick was undoubtedly one of the greatest storytellers with a camera in history. Every single one of his films were based on books, be they literary classics or bestsellers. And no genre was left behind when it came to adapting works in his own way: war and ultraviolence, supernatural ...

Daniel Cassany

Eulogy for the Critical (and Useless) Reading of Stories

Daniel Cassany is the author of books that offer a wide ranging and interdisciplinary analysis of the processes connected with writing and reading. The author speaks to Juan Carlos Calvo, Director of Barcelona’s Camp de l’Arpa – Caterina Albert Library, about the actions, ...

Doubles Vies (Non-Fiction)

Talk with Marcel Ventura, Jordi Panyella and Bernat Ruiz Domènech

Talk with Marcel Ventura, Jordi Panyella (Pol·len Edicions) and Bernat Ruiz Domènech about the film Doubles Vies (Non-Fiction) by Olivier Assayas (France, 2018, 107'), a portrait of current times in publishing, in which analogue comes up against the new digital formats.

Nuccio Ordine

Eulogy for the Critical (and Useless) Reading of Stories

Nuccio Ordine is professor of Italian literature and author various books that defend the value of humanistic knowledge. The author speaks to Olga Cuadrado, director of the Three Cultures Foundation’s Fátima Mernissi Library in Seville, and Julián Figueres, director of Barcelona’s ...

Mona Eltahawy and Najat El Hachmi

Genuine Freedom

The daughters of Muslim families in Europe must face different challenges to defend their individual freedoms and their emancipation as women. On the one hand, the patriarchal traditions that come from their country of origin, intimately linked with religion. On the other, the onslaughts of ...

The Stories that Move the Slam

Fourth edition of Gran Slam Barcelona

Poetry Slam with Marta B., Adriana Bertrán, Comikk MG, Dive Dibosso, Rakaya Fetuga, Margalida Followthelida, Lisette Ma Neza, Diego Mattarucco, Dani Orviz and Saiban. The greatest international exponents of Poetry Slam come together in this edition of the festival, whose underlying thread ...

Android Love

With Libby Heaney, Joana Moll and Núria Gómez Gabriel

Of all the spheres of romantic connection, the tecnologichal is currently the most controversial. In online dating, love is a distance literary meeting, while intimacy is a negotiation of digital systems that connect people. Applications like Tinder displace romantic relationships in a utilitarian ...

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Víctor Santos, Anna Soler-Pont, Lolita Bosch and Víctor Sala

In the frame of “Is the Novel Always Better?”, Professional session on literary adaptations. Often when discussing film adaptations of a novel or a comic, only those who have created the adaptation take part: scriptwriters or directors who have taken a pre-existing work and made ...

The ‘Bit’ Generation: Writing for New Formats

Beatriz Liebe, Daniel Calabuig, Blanca Bardagil, Ana Alonso, Oriol Ripoll and Marisol López

How do you write a play for robots? And what about writing for a podcast or a videogame? How can you play with a book without losing the textual essence? Can you tell a story on Instagram? In this round table we aim to analyse the extent to which the physical format conditions the story, by presenting several innovative cases of local productions.

Philip Ball and José Ignacio Latorre

Keys Aspects and Dilemmas of the Quantum Story

Despite this science still being in its infancy, humans are able to understand and manipulate material at the subatomic level and probe the origins and development of the universe. Scientific development provides the basis for introducing a new disruptive technology: quantum computing. The ...

Agustín Fernández Mallo, Amelia Gamoneda and Gustavo Schwartz

Metaphor: The Old and New Story that Creates the World

Just as metaphors have been necessary for building social, communicative and even anthropological systems, they have also helped to create scientific thought and language. Agustín Fernández Mallo, Amelia Gamoneda and Gustavo Schwartz explore the metaphorical and analogical mechanisms ...

1rst Schools’ Poetry Slam Championship

Competition between 400 young people aged between 12 and 16

Some 400 young people aged between 12 and 16 from four different schools take part in this new championship, in which voice, poetry and performance are the only means of achieving the title of best rhapsode. The 1st Schools’ Poetry Slam Championship is the culmination of three months of work by students from  four high schools in the city (Institut Montserrat, Institut Barres i Ones, Institut Valldaura and Institut Miquel Tarradell) and local poets from the Poetry Slam Barcelona network. ...

Richard Sennett and Carles Muro

Narratives of the Homo Faber

In this conversation, Richard Sennett addressed different aspects of cities, urbanism and inequalities. He analysed the impact of global capitalism on the homogenisation of cities and new technologies as one more way of standardising life. He also talked about coexistence and the relationship ...

Gonçalo M. Tavares and Enrique Vila-Matas

Explorers Among Ruins

Gonçalo M. Tavares and Enrique Vila-Matas are two big names in modern literature with radically different aesthetics and literary offerings but who, from different perspectives, trace the course of time’s disappearance and dissolution. If post-modernity has led stories to break ...

Jocelyn Pook Ensemble

Women's Magazine Tango

The beautiful and hypnotic music of the Jocelyn Pook Ensemble is the ideal soundtrack for the K19 inaugural session. The group, led by the well-known British composer and violinist who gives it its name, mixes styles and music while fusing string instruments and singing to create mysterious ...

The Bad Pupil

Taller Estampa

Through artistic practice, the Taller Estampa reflects on the discourse around artificial intelligence.

The Particles That Make the World Go Round

Eva Rexach

At the upcoming Kosmopolis 19 we’ll talk about quantum physics and all the cultural, political and ethical implications of this science. To set the scene, we offer a timeline from the birth of quantum mechanics through to its presence in different areas of our daily lives, as well as ...

Seven Gems to Discover at K19

Eva Rexach

We propose a little journey into the future to take a glimpse of the upcoming Kosmopolis 2019. You’ll see a selection of what promise to be the main highlights of the festival, with events of all types: talks, films, concerts, performances, theatre… We want to start by giving you ...

Rachel Cantor and Joan Miquel Oliver

Imperfect Futures

Rachel Cantor, an American writer in residence at the Jiwar Association in Barcelona, and Joan Miquel Oliver, singer, composer and writer, talk with Andreu Gomila about dystopia as narrative material. Both authors have used this resource in the settings for their fictional works, Joan Miquel ...

Hanif Kureishi Answers the Proust Questionnaire

string(15) "position- 0-300" Taking advantage of the visit as part of the Kosmopolis continuous programme by Hanif Kureishi, author of books such as The Buddha of Suburbia and Something to Tell You, and screenwriter for films such as Sammy and Rosie Get Laid and My Beautiful Laundrette, we put to h...

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Hanif Kureishi

A Conversation with Alicia Kopf

The British writer Hanif Kureishi, author of books such as The Buddha of Suburbia and Something to Tell You, and screenwriter for films such as Sammy and Rosie Get Laid and My Beautiful Laundrette, talks with Alicia Kopf about his literary career and his novel The Nothing.

The pleasure of reading: selected publications for a good summer


With summer come the holidays – that time of year when we get to disconnect from our daily routine and, among other things, enjoy the pleasure of reading. You might have already decided on your summer reading list, but if not, here at Kosmopolis we’ve put together a list for you ...

Jorge Carrión and Sagar

Workshop on producing travel chronicles

Kosmopolis hosts a dual activity to tackle the graphic fiction genre. Morning session: workshop on the conceptualisation, production, development and publication of non-fictional comics, with two prominent Spanish representatives of the genre: writer Jorge Carrión and artist Sagar.

Peter Kuper

Presentation of the “Viatges dibuixats” issue of Altaïr Magazine

Kosmopolis hosts a dual activity to tackle the graphic fiction genre. Evening session: presentation of the special “Viatges dibuixats” (Drawn Journeys) issue of Altaïr Magazine and meeting with American author Peter Kuper, Eisner prize-winner and ...

Orhan Pamuk

The Nobel Prize for Literature winner 2006 in conversation with journalist Pepa Fernández

string(15) "position- 0-300" Orhan Pamuk is a leading author due to his approach to the differences between Western and Eastern culture. His work shows us the essence of a country that has forged its identity while combining tradition and modernity. During the Kosmopolis Continuous Programme 2018, Pamuk presented the novel The ...

Narrative immersion: the next challenge

Mireia Manjón

Increasingly more narrative formats are opting for immersion. At Kosmopolis 2017 we explored this tendency, which puts people’s experience at the centre of the experience and grants us decision-making power. The three Alpha Channel chats that we are offering investigated ...

Narratives for Readers of the 21st Century

Mireia Manjón

At a time of profound changes, at Kosmopolis we wonder about the future of books and of the publishing industry. What will the tales of the new decade marked by artificial intelligence be like? The three Bookcamp discussions that we propose to you explore the commitment to narrative experiences.

Colson Whitehead Answers the Proust Questionnaire

Taking advantage of the visit as part of the Kosmopolis continuous programme by Colson Whitehead, author of The Underground Railroad  (National Book Award 2016 and Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2017), we put to him the Proust Questionnaire in order to find out some aspects and interesting curiosities of his personality.

Colson Whitehead

A talk with the author of “The Underground Railroad: A Novel”

The writer Llucia Ramis talks with New York writer Colson Whitehead, author of six novels and several non-fiction works, who made his debut in 1999 with The Intuitionist and presents his book The Underground Railroad: A Novel (2016). The Underground Railroad narrates the escape of a slave girl from a plantation and her journey through different states in the south of the United States on board an allegorical train that refers to the clandestine network that helped slaves escape during the 19th century. ...

Translation Slam

Live battle of translations

To celebrate International Translation Day 2017 CCCB presents a live battle between two translators who defend two different versions in Catalan of a single text. The translation in question is that of the first pages of Nikhterinó Deltio, an untranslated detective novel ...

Literary Dialogues at Kosmopolis

Eva Rexach

Jean Echenoz and Jean-Yves Jouannais. John Banville and Pierre Lemaitre. Werner Herzog and Paul Holdengräber. The K Dialogues for the 2017 edition of Kosmopolis played host to authors with similar track records which enabled us to zoom in closer on their work, discover some of their secrets ...

Kosmopolis books for this summer


Now’s the moment to decide which book or books will accompany us over the course of the summer, which stories are ideal for taking to the beach or which classic it’s time to take up for those evenings al fresco. The books we recommend below are all by authors that at some point ...

The female constelations at K17

Eva Rexach

Subversive mothers, repentant mothers, grieving mothers and free mothers. Women who celebrate their old age, who write from experience and imagination. We are going to dedicate part of the programming of Kosmopolis to the Female constelations.

Karl Ove Knausgård Answers the Proust Questionnaire

Taking advantage of the visit as part of the Kosmopolis continuous programme by Karl Ove Knausgård, one of the most relevant voices in contemporary literature today and considered by some critics as the 21st-century Proust, we put to him the famous French author's questionnaire.

Karl Ove Knausgård

A conversation with Antonio Lozano

Conversation with the Norwegian writer, author of My Struggle, about his literary work. Karl Ove Knausgård (Oslo, 1968) made his publishing debut in 1998 with Ute av verden (Out of the World), a novel highly acclaimed by critics and readers that earned ...

Discovering the North

Special session on Canadian literature

This sample will offer us a first-hand acquaintance with the broad range of voices that form the country’s literary scene. It presents four literary figures with highly diverse origins, works and professional careers, ranging from the established and consolidated author to the new young ...

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Seven sessions on climate change in K17

Eva Rexach

Climate change is already a reality and many are the symptoms that show it, from the emergence of vegetation in Antarctica to the alterations in the planet temperatures. Kosmopolis we wanted to reflect on this and we offered several talks about climate change, because facing climate change ...

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

Africa, Writing and Emancipation

In recent centuries western states have taken over as the world centre of cultural power. The renowned Kenyan writer and academic Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o suggests that this centralised influence should be devolved to the different cultural spheres around the planet. Moreover, he ...

Teju Cole and Enrique Vila-Matas

The Errant Novel

Enrique Vila-matas and Teju Cole talki with Jordi Nopca about their latest novels Mac y su contratiempo (Seix Barral) and Cada día es del ladrón (Acantilado) and reflect on the genesis of a work that finds its reference elements far from the most immediate linguistic tradition and that proposes, at the same time, writing as a reflection on itself.

Thank You


Thank you for attending the conferences, for participating in the workshops, for making louder the literature with your voice (in person and in the networks).

Frédéric Pajak and Jorge Carrión

Anatomy of Conflicts and of the Memory

Following the presentation of Pajak works, the author and Jorge Carrión talk about the narrative and philosophical conflicts raised in his books and about how he has tackled the representation of major European traumatic events and warring conflicts in them. To what point is graphic ...

Daniel Tammet and Màrius Serra

Change in an Extraordinary Mind

A conversation-game between writer and savant communicator Daniel Tammet and wordplay specialist Màrius Serra. Daniel Tammet is capable of learning any language in a week and can recite the decimals of the mathematical constant Pi for five hours, but his true gift ...

Zeina Abirached and Paco Roca

Fertile Hybridisations of Reality and Fiction

Following the presentations of their respective works, the authors converse about who in their projects they take as a starting point real experiences or situations to construct, based on them, universal tales and stories, through visual designs that grow and become complex along with the stories that they aim to narrate.

Kosmopolis 17. Female Characters and (Im)possible Worlds

Colloquium between Kirsty Logan, Sophie Divry and Marina Espasa

Marina Espasa, writer and literary critic, and since 2016, director of the UNESCO Barcelona City of Literature Office, conducts a conversation between two writers, Kirsty Logan from Scotland and Sophie Divry from France, on writing, feminisms, female characters, readers, and possible and impossible worlds.

Kosmopolis 17. From the Book to the Screen and Beyond

Round table with Ana Mar López Contreras, Jordi Solà, Carlos Coronado, Eva Domínguez and Iñaki Díaz. Moderator: Marisol López

The digital support has broken with traditionally separate formats to allow the unlimited expansion of the literary universe: video games, interactive comic books, literary apps… We present innovative home-grown cases to analyse the role of the narrative, whether that story can be told in another format, what the digital brings to paper and what is lost, what the business model is, and what public reception is like.

Jo Nesbø, Marc Pastor and Serielizados

Harry Hole, Occupied and Other Nordic Stories

Before becoming a writer Jo Nesbø was a footballer, had an industrial rock band and earned a living as a financial analyst. He was commissioned to write a book about his life on tour with the band Di Derre and when he started to type he heard the echoing words of Aksel Sandemose: the ...

Kosmopolis 17. Kingdom

Performance by Agrupación Señor Serrano

The causes of global warning are everywhere and they are largely associated with human activity. Climate change is the principal consequence. Global change of biblical proportions is occurring; we’ve created a monster, and there’s no stopping it.

Kosmopolis 17. NaNoWriMo: Socialisation of the Processes of Writing and Reading

Round table with Albert Altimira, Víktor Valles, Meritxell Terrón. Moderator: Mariana Eguara

Just as reading marathons exist, so do writing marathons: a new method is NaNoWriMo. At this round table, authors who are taking part in NaNoWriMo will explain what it consists of and what their experience is with this platform for stimulating writing.

Kosmopolis 17. The Walk by Robert Walser

Colloquium between Esteban Feune de Colombi, Marc Caellas, Marta Sanz and Alicia Kopf

The first edition of the short novel The Walk, by Robert Walser, was published in April 1917, nearly 100 years ago. In it Walser updated the figure of the flâneur, a pensive stroller who as walks analyses the impressions that the surroundings cause him. Novelist ...

Carl Safina

Can We Know What Animals Think and Feel?

Consciousness, self-awareness, empathy, non-verbal communication, imitation, teaching, grief. Many animals think and feel a lot like people do; after all, people are animals. Carl Safina shows that in some surprising ways non-human minds aren’t really too different from ours. They know ...

Evelio Cabrejo

The Reading Before the Readers

Colombian psychoanalyst and linguist Evelio Cabrejo affirms that a prior reading exists to the reading of written texts. He is referring to the reading of oral texts. He also defends that this act of reading is inherent to the starting up of thinking.

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Javier Celaya

The Book to Come

In a world of driverless cars and trains, smart vacuum cleaners and fridges, sensors that track sleep and exercise, can we suppose that the book will continue to be the same as ever? The boom in artificial intelligence and big data augur a radical transformation in the way in which we consume all types of cultural contents. At this moment of changes and uncertainties, we will be performing an exercise in foresight and venturing to predict the future of the book.

Kim Stanley Robinson and Ian Watson

The New Reality: Climate Fiction

‘Climate Fiction’, set in the near future, is the realistic fiction of our time, and Kim Stanley Robinson is its leading practitioner. Veteran SF author Ian Watson will discuss with Kim Stanley Robinson his career committed constructively to surveying how our human race may survive ...

Kosmopolis 17. New Voices of Europe

The first public presentation of the “New Voices of Europe”

Which are the most interesting new voices in Europe? What kind of literature are emerging writers producing? At Kosmopolis we will be getting to know the “10 New Voices of Europe” of 2017, a group of writers, poets and playwrights originating from Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Iceland, Latvia, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Spain and Wales, selected by experts from the Literature Across Frontiers festivals, who will be revealing the new literary tendencies in Europe to us.

Green Slam: International Poetry Slam Competition

Clotilde de Brito, Dani Orviz, Laura Sam, Raquel Lima, Toby Campion, Salva Soler, Simone Savogin, Crisal, Jose Luis Cabeza and Dive Dibosso

Poetry Slam Barcelona is celebrating the third edition of Grand Slam Barcelona at Kosmopolis 2017, an international oral poetry contest that welcomes the world’s leading poetry slam exponents back to the city to compete alongside regular slammers at the CCCB’s monthly championship. Three minutes, no props, no music—voice, poetry and interpretation are all the means participants have to convince the jury that their performance is the best. ...

John Banville and Pierre Lemaitre

Crime novel

John Banville and Pierre Lemaitre established a dialogue on genre literature, which the two of them believe is not highly considered. “Nobody casts doubt on the fact that Simenon is a great author”, said Lemaitre, “but the crime novel continues to be regarded as a sub-genre.” ...

Kosmopolis 17. Crisis and Change in the Literary Ecosystem. The Voice of the Writers

Colloquium between Jean Echenoz and Sophie Divry. Moderator: Albert Lladó

Jean Echenoz and Sophie Divry are two of the most prominent novelists in French literature today. The two talk with writer and journalist Albert Lladó, about the changes that the crisis may have caused to the literary ecosystem; to the choice of themes with which to construct fiction, ...

Kosmopolis 17. Return to the Spoken Word

Round table with Irene Fortes, Benjamín Figueres, Paulina Wardęga, Juliana Rueda. Moderator: Javier Celaya

The resurgence of podcasts, the success of WhatsApp voice messages and the possibility of talking to the machines that surround us highlight the relevance being acquired by the voice. In a world of communications where writing and audiovisual formats predominate, the voice and sound are taking ...

Stefano Mancuso

The Roots of the Intelligence of Plants

Plants behave in curiously intelligent ways: they fight against predators, maximise opportunities for food, and have more senses than we can imagine. How should our ideas about the plant world and its function in the fabric of life change? Italian neurobiologist Stefano Mancuso presents some ...

Orna Donath, María Llopis, Brigitte Vasallo and Bel Olid

The Family Is Dead. Long Live the Family

Access to cheap and effective contraception has been one of the driving forces of feminism: released from the obligation of reproducing women could, finally, decide what they wanted to do with their lives. However, how do those of them who have decided to have children actually live motherhood? ...

Kosmopolis 17. New Ways of Producing and Consuming Contents

Dan Franklin talk

In the new Internet environment of the 21st century, does copyright make any sense? How is disintermediation and self-publishing affecting the publishing industry? Is it possible to filter the enormous quantity of data? Will that of publisher be a feasible profile for developing the selection of contents? What is the role of contents curation and which are its keys? Aiming to offer an answer to al these questions will be Dan Franklin, a digital strategist who has worked at Canongate Books and Penguin Random House.

Kosmopolis 17. Women-Led Innovation

Round-table with: Lauren Romeo (Tekstum Solutions), Anna Ascolies (The Spanish Bookstage), Mireia Lite (Ara Llibres) and Maribel Riaza (Innovation in the book sector). Moderator: Joana Sánchez (Incipy)

Is the publishing environment a woman-friendly environment? We analyse whether projects and start-ups led by women offer added value or have a different focus to projects led by men. In general, the mission of male-led projects tends towards selling to a third party, scaling it, making it bigger ...

Kosmopolis 17. Appearances / Reappearances

Dialogue between Jean Echenoz and Jean-Yves Jouannais. Moderator: Jordi Corominas

The work of Jean Echenoz and Jean-Yves Jouannais feature a series of elective affinities that go beyond the language. At some point in their career both have transited through an archaeology of disappearance in order to resuscitate men, works and remains that the present had caused to disappear. ...

Sílvia Bel and Jordi Blesa Montoliu

Blind Readings

Does any female poetry exist beyond that written by women? Or is it just good or bad literature that exists? Is it necessary to continue treating women as a collective to whom visibility may be given in thematic cycles? Does a female canon exist? Or has it been imposed upon us by cultural and ideological questions? Blind Readings is a poetic game that aims to raise the visibility of gender prejudices in literature, a recital that challenges the audience to guess whether the text has been written by a man or a woman.

Kosmopolis 17. Immersion in Virtual Worlds

Lecture by Jose Valenzuela

The worlds created using virtual reality technologies induce an illusion of reality that can be really powerful, as they play with various cognitive mechanisms associated with human perception and emotion. It is relatively easy to deceive our senses and feel ourselves in another place or in ...

Hope Jahren

Be as a Tree Planted by the Waters: The Magic of Roots, Leaves, and Everything in Between

Trees are the oldest, biggest, and most successful creatures in the world. Using energy from the sun, and carbon from the air, they have thrived on land for more than four hundred million years. Hear about the amazing and unique methods that plants around us use to establish, grow, flourish, ...

Kosmopolis 17. Give Me VR and Call Me Stupid: Virtual Reality as a Generator of New Themes

Colloquium between José Luis Farias, Francisco Asensi and Flavio Escribano

Virtual reality has existed since someone thought about it, and that was a long time before Oculus or Samsung Gear. In all this time, just as Verne did in his day, imagining inventions yet to come, authors have fantasised about virtual realities in other fields such as literature, film or video ...

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Timothy Morton

Change Is Changing

The ecological crisis we are facing is also a crisis of our sense of what things are. Not only are we witnessing colossal, disturbing change to parts of our world that we treated for too long as a static, neutral background; but also we are seeing how one person’s change for the worse ...

Kosmopolis 17. MAPA10: Literary Cartography of Barcelona

Project presentation with Xavier Theros and Marina Espasa

The Barcelona City of Literature UNESCO Office presents the project MAPA10, a literary cartography of the city of Barcelona produced by architect Itziar González and literary critic Jordi Galves, and presented by writer Xavier Theros, winner of the Josep Pla prize for narrative and highly knowledgeable about the history and literature of the streets of Barcelona.

Lynne Segal

The Scandal of Ageing

Perhaps old women need to begin ageing scandalously, to beat back the scandals of ageing. As Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies Lynne Segal illustrates in her book Out of Time: The Pleasure & Perils of Ageing, across times and places older women, although usually devoid of ...

Ways to enjoy Kosmopolis


Kosmopolis 17 is already here. You will have five days to enjoy literature, to discover new authors, new stories, new ways of narrating and reading. To think about and discuss climate change, the mixture of genres and the prejudices that still exist on literature written by women.

The McEwan Moment

Journalist Antonio Lozano interviews British writer Ian McEwan

Considered one of the finest British writers writing today and acclaimed by critics and readers alike, Ian McEwan presents his latest book Nutshell. Journalist Antonio Lozano talks with him on the occasion of the presentation of his latest work, a story of murder and deception ...

Non-human intelligence

Eva Rexach

Thinking that only humans are intelligent beings is wrong: there are other forms of intelligence that allow animals and plants to inhabit the world in different ways than we do. At Kosmopolis, we will talk about it with ecologists and experts in geobotany and animal neurobiology, and we will ...

Ian Watson presents Kim Stanley Robinson

Ian Watson, one of Britain’s leading science-fiction writers, presents Kim Stanley Robinson, one of the main exponents of climate fiction. They will be at Kosmopolis on Saturday March 25. This interview was shot last November at the Eurocon. The convention, Europe’s biggest devoted ...

New formats and great classics. Literature in pictures at Canal Alfa

Eulàlia Guarro

Historically, the artistic disciplines have mixed together, nourishing and inspiring each other. Each one having its own language, they convey the stories and contribute with their own idiosyncrasies and genuine tools. But what happens when we mix different languages and open the narrative space?

Climate change as a narrative twist

Jorge Carrión

What will the narratives of the Anthropocene be? How will we explain the world since our realisation that we have drastically changed it?

The future of reading at Bookcamp Kosmopolis

Eva Rexach

Is it possible to imagine a world without books? In an environment dominated by audiovisual media, what is the meaning of an object that has existed virtually unchanged for hundreds of years? Bookcamp Kosmopolis will be an opportunity to discuss the future of books and narratives.

A journey through Scottish creativity with Neu! Reekie!

Eva Rexach

Beyond the clichés about men wearing kilts and villages hidden in the mist, Scotland, and Edinburgh in particular, is one of Europe’s most outstanding creative centres. And some of the most outstanding names of «Neu! Reekie!» festival will be at Kosmopolis.

The book to come

Javier Celaya

Artificial intelligence, big data, and virtual reality are set to change the book world over the next ten years.

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Thinking in Strips

Jorge Carrión

Thinking in images, thinking in panels, thinking visually: human beings have always done it, but now the creative community and the editorial industry agree on the importance of developing the potential of these hybrid languages.

The Literature of Change

Eva Rexach

Science fiction literature is about apocalyptic worlds and dystopian futures in which climate change menaces the survival of the planet. But some writers, such as Kim Stanley Robinson, tell a different story. This is the literature of change.

Post-Eurocon: Authors You Need to Know


Of the many authors who passed through the Eurocon, we’ve selected the ones-not-to-miss and propose a series of short interviews in which they introduce themselves and give a short tour of their work. 

Brandon Sanderson, the Master of Cosmere

Lecture in the frame of the science fiction convention «Eurocon 2016»

Cosmere is the name of the universe which is the setting for most of Brandon Sanderson’s stories. We travel with him through the constellation of planets that make up these books which he says are inspired by Moorcock and Asimov.

Rhianna Pratchett

The Pixel Narrative

The author Rhianna Pratchett gives a British take on the way narrative models are constantly evolving in the fantasy worlds created by the booming videogame sector. 

Under the Skin of Albert Sánchez Piñol

Lecture in the frame of the science fiction convention «Eurocon 2016»

Cold Skin is a world-renowned work but what is under Albert Sánchez Piñol’s skin? Alicia Gilli take us through the present, past and future of one of the key figures of Catalan literature. 

New Voices from Europe

Dialogue with Juana Adcock, Erika Fatland and Albert Forns

In collaboration with the platform’s members and within the context of Literary Europe Live, one of the projects in which Kosmopolis is actively participating, we will be hosting a series of dialogues and chats with emerging authors from different European countries.

An evening with Don DeLillo

Conversation between Don DeLillo and Antonio Lozano

This conversation is an exceptional opportunity to discover the work and career of Don DeLillo, one of the great English-language novelists of our time, who will be here presenting his latest novel Zero K (Seix Barral). Journalist Antonio Lozano will be talking with the author ...

Svetlana Alexievich

The Voices of History

We take a closer look at the life and literary career of Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature 201, through a dialogue with writer Francesc Serés, who is well-versed in her work. 

John Irving and Enric González

The World According to Irving

string(15) "position- 0-300" We talk to John Irving about his work and his career. The acclaimed American writer visited the CCCB to mark the occasion of the publication of his novel Avenue of Mysteries[L’Avinguda dels Misteris (Edicions 62) / La Avenida de los Misterios (Tusquets Editores)]. Due to a recording ...

The Stomach of the Writers (4)

Dialogue with Anna Dot, Eduard Escoffet and Jordi Nopca

The Stomach of the Writers dialogues aim to go beyond the traditional and propose that we get closer to writers and artists with tools and resources typical of theatre and of journalism.

Kosmopolis Radio

A programme that we will be broadcasting live from the Sala Mirador which will be transformed for the occasion into a cafè-bar and will present, as the closing event, a concert by Sandra Sangiao and Clara Peya. Journalist and radio presenter Bruno Sokolowicz leads this programme which will feature, among other guests, Laura Huerga (publisher – Raig Verd ), Alejo Cuervo (publisher and bookseller – Gigamesh), Sol Solà (Greenpeace Spain), Clara Peya (composer and pianist) and Sandra Sangiao (singer – BGKO Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra). ...

Kosmopolis Radio: Literature of the change

Climate change is also a literary genre: climate fiction is a branch of fiction that now has its own genealogy, in which authors write on the future of the planet from dystopias and the Anthropocene. From J.G. Ballard to Susan Gaines, Margaret Atwood to Kim ...

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Kosmopolis Radio: Radio and Literature

The relations between radio and literature have their own genealogy. From the historical vanguards to authors such as Bertolt BrechtSamuel BeckettDylan Thomas and Umberto Eco, radio has been an ...

Kosmopolis Radio. Science Fiction: An Experimental Mythology

Novel of anticipation, novelised science, fantascience, speculative fiction… Many definitions have been given for science fiction, a form of literature that has given rise to an (experimental) mythology of our time. In this podcast we approach one of the richest and most complex ...

Kosmopolis Radio: Svetlana Alexievich and the Voices of History

In this podcast we take a closer look at the figure of Svetlana Alexievich, Nobel Prize in Literature 2015. The author of a powerful and committed oeuvre, between investigative journalism and fiction, Alexievich has profiled her own literary genre: the “novel of ...

The CCCB, a center commited to Literature

Eva Rexach

Barcelona is now a part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network as a City of Literature. It has been awarded this distinction thanks to the many initiatives related with the world of letters that exist in the city. The CCCB has been involved in the candidacy with projects like Kosmopolis, Slam ...

Interview to LAF members

Literary projects of the european platform Literature Across Frontiers

Do you know the Literature Across Frontiers platform? In this video, we introduce some of the members of the European platform. This November, we hosted the platform's meeting to launch the project “Literary Europe Live”, a joint work initiative that has been admitted to the EU's ...

Salman Rushdie "The Time of Strangenesses"

A talk with Rodrigo Fresán

A dialogue about the themes, the work and career of Salman Rushdie, one of the most prominent writers of contemporary literature and champion of the struggle for freedom of expression.

Jordi Costa, Eloy Fernández Porta, Albert Fernández and Enric Cucurella

The X-Men: Beyond the comic

The collective book Hijos del átomo (Alpha Decay, 2015) offers eleven private glances about the most fascinating family of superheroes in Marvel Comics: The X-Men. In this session we chat with some of the authors who participate in the book, experts in comic and pop culture.

Lyudmila Petrushevskaya

There Once Lived a Woman...

Writer and dramatist, cabaret singer and animation scriptwriter, Lyudmila Petrushevskaya is a great lady of Russian letters. Her work is an unusual combination of dark fairy tale and asphyxiating realism. The author talks with the poet and translator Xènia Dyakonova, in an act hosted ...

Kosmopolis 15. Adopting a Language. Winners of Germany’s Adelbert von Chamisso Prize

Dialogue with Marjana Gaponenko, Abbas Khider and Klaus Hübner

In a globalized world, there is a growing number of writers who move from one country to another and start writing in the language of their host country. How do they experience this process? How does the culture of a country change as its literary voices become more diverse? What particular ...

Carles Bosch, Marc Pastor and Serielizados

Colloquium with Carles Bosch, Marc Pastor and Serielizados

Baltimore, 1999. One day, Hae Min Lee disappears from school. Six weeks later, her fellow student and ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed is arrested for her murder. He says that he is innocent, but that he cannot remember what he was doing that afternoon. Journalist Sarah Koenig decides to start investigating ...

Raquel Crisóstomo and Enric Ros

American Spleen: Mad Men and Women

Mathew Weiner, creator of Mad Men, doesn’t hide his desire to introduce us into the inner workings of the “American mind”. The series rewinds to a period of existential crossroads, where triumphalism coexisted with desperation, the American dream and the “metaphysical ...

Aniol Rafel

The Leftovers: Remains of a Series or Audiovisual Literature?

Aniol Rafel is the founder and director of the independent publisher Edicions del Periscopi. During Kosmopolis 2015, he talked about the decision to publish the novel "The Leftovers" (Tom Perrotta) in catalan. To publish a book that is converted into an HBO series involves an entire series ...

Aitor Gabilondo, Javier Olivares and Isabel Vázquez

Escríbeme una serie

We are used to listening to actors, directors, even producers, talking about titles that they are working on. In the TV programme Escríbeme una serie (Write Me a Series), the protagonists are the scriptwriters and we want them to tell us why those stories that we get hooked ...

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Pep Prieto, Enric Ros and Serielizados

Series for Social Change?

From the West Wing of the White House to Borgen, from The Wire to The Thick of It, over the last 20 years television fiction has shown us many different ways of doing politics and of conveying politicians. Evil, useless, charismatic, ...

Thank you


These have been five days of high intensity where we have been joined by over 8,900 people. Five days of literary exchanges, of debates on the future of journalism, on Europe, on the legacy of W. G. Sebald and the anniversary of Alice in Wonderland. We have enjoyed the attendance by over 150 ...

Ivan Pintor

In the Shadow of Carcosa: True Detective and Television Horror

Perhaps because television is always a visit to the house of the viewer, an intrusion of privacy, series have often cultivated horror conceived as the expansion of a negativity that is attached to the most everyday gestures. True Detective is not only heir to a literary legacy which ...

Jon Lee Anderson and Martín Caparrós

Kosmopolis 15. Wars and Hunger J

How do you write about the urgency of a war, the weight of famine, the ins and outs of a dictatorship? How do you make something that is very distant suddenly very close? Sometimes the best journalism happens on the edges; sometimes it is a form of literature. American Jon Lee Anderson and Argentinian Martín Caparrós, two of today’s most clear-sighted chroniclers, discuss a profession that has taken them around the world: its tools, its challenges, its secrets and its limits. ...

Carles Capdevila

Kosmopolis 15. Seven Reasons for Believing in a Great Future for Journalism

The end of monopolies, digital narratives, new tools for research and users’ needs to find filters and referents for avoiding “infoxication”, or information overload, are all urgent opportunities for journalism. Carles Capdevila, editor of Ara newspaper, said: “We ...

Jordi Nopca, Maria Rodés and Nico Roig

Do you wolf down music or are you a word gourmet?

“The thing I like best about Spain is Mercadona’s sobrasada”, says writer Michel Houllebecq quite unashamedly. You think what you eat. There is a direct relation between what you eat and what you write. But how do you chew a concept and how do you digest ...

Guide for following Kosmopolis wherever you may be

Eva Rexach

A festival like Kosmopolis could not call itself the “Amplified Literature Fest” if it did not offer all of its contents on all possible channels. Therefore, we have selected some activities so that you can follow them by streaming wherever you may be. In addition, our social networks ...


Five itineraries to discover Kosmopolis

Eva Rexach

Kosmopolis is a place for falling in love with literature and for letting yourself be carried away by the very varied proposals that fill all the corners of the CCCB. And it can be enjoyed in many different ways. Here we suggest a few. […]

It’s Not Just an Economic Cycle, It’s a Change of Era

Javier Celaya

Given that print book sales have dropped 40% over the last decade, do we really think that when we finally emerge from this damn crisis readers will go out and buy print books again? The fall in print book sales is not just due to the crisis.  […]

Literatures for Dialogue

Eva Rexach

The K Dialogues are, for this K15, more literary than ever before. Seven chats between writers on subjects as diverse as the limits of literature, the personality of the writer, imposture, the narration of privacy or American letters. A varied menu with some of the most important names in the ...

150 Years Dreaming About Alice

Eva Rexach

Kosmopolis pays tribute to one of the great works of universal literature, a tale dreamed up one summer afternoon that has transcended genres and cultures and that, 150 years later, continues to be fiercely current. After the works of Shakespeare, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and ...

Alpha Channel: cinema, series and video poetry at Kosmopolis

Eulàlia Guarro

The Alpha Channel is expanding. We’ll be laying down the red carpet and rolling it out beyond the classic programming of the evenings with Alpha Nights: feature films and cinema premieres based on literary works, music, writers and journalists. And sessions all-day Sunday devoted to television ...

Writing Labs

Eva Rexach

How does a story begin? What’s the creation process?  What do authors do while they are writing? The Writing Labs will let us know where literature begins. […]

The Limits of Books

Maria Farràs

Can books reach a limit? The fourth edition of the BookCamp Kosmopolis will try to answer this question through different points of view: from paper to pixel, the transition into the digital format, amplified narrative and intellectual property.

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Journalism, Literature and New Media

Eva Rexach

What do Jon Lee Anderson and Martin Caparrós have in common with Gay Talese and Truman Capote? Are stories better thanks to data journalism? How can literature transform contemporary facts into pieces of art? Journalism XXI will try to answer these questions. 

Would you like to know wich authors will take part in K15?

Quima Farré

The full programme of the festival will be announced in mid-February 2015. Until then, here’s a preview of some of our outstanding guests: David Grossman, Rachel Kushner, Cristina Rivera Garza, Camille de Toledo, Taiye Selasi, Carles Torner and William T. Vollmann. David Grossman Considered ...

A Journey through the Memory of W. G. Sebald

Eva Rexach

Kosmopolis 2015 pays tribute to W. G. Sebald with a variety of literary activities, coinciding with «Sebald Variations» exhibition that will be inaugurated on 10 March. Memory, travel and history will be the main themes of the programme. W. G. Sebald, the writer associated with ...

The return of Kosmopolis, the Amplified Literature Festival


As 2014 draws to a close, the team of the Centre de Cultura Contemporània is hard at work preparing the programme for next year’s Kosmopolis Amplified Literature Festival, from 18 to 22 March 2015. The festival, which on its eighth outing is extended from three to five days, will once again be converting the spaces of the CCCB into a place where readers meet writers of books and scripts, musicians, playwrights and journalists from around the world.  ...

The Art of Creating New Readers

Jordi Nopca

The literary canon is a compendium of works that overcome the oblivion of time and continue to be read. In the operation of keeping alive books that are not strictly current – by offering them to new readers, who make new interpretations of them – a fundamental role is played by ...

Lucia Calvo

The Elementary Bestiary

Tamara Vázquez Schröder

Particle tracks. (2010, April 20). Retrieved May 15, 2013, from OCW – Universitat de Barcelona Web site “In the good old days, a man would spend a year at his desk doing calculations and then send a telegram to an observatory: ‘Place the telescope at such and such position ...

Lucia Calvo

Guide to following Kosmopolis live on Internet


Because Kosmopolis is amplified literature and because we want the festival to reach you wherever you are, we’re streaming some of the talks and activities. We’ve also programmed online coverage of the festival on Twitter so you at home can follow us and take an active part in the ...

Kosmopolis 2013 itineraries


There is less than one month to go before the start of the seventh edition of Kosmopolis. The Amplified Literature Fest and we now have everything ready to make the CCCB the meeting place for lovers of literature during 14, 15 and 16 March. As always, the festival programme presents many new ...

Lucia Calvo

Post-novels and other monsters

Jordi Carrion

Explosion! The Legacy of Jackson Pollock was the title of a recent exhibition at the Joan Miró Foundation. What was it that exploded? Painting. Right through the roof. The exhibition allowed us to see one of the ‘evolutions’ of pictorial art in the twentieth century, in terms ...


Jordi Carrion