Brett Hetherington

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This is the website of Brett Hetherington:
a journalist and writer living in Catalonia, northern Spain.                                               

Brett is the author of the non-fiction books: "Slow Travels in Unsung Spain" and “The Remade Parent”.

He was formerly represented by the Antonia Kerrigan LiteraryAgency in Barcelona and by Calidris Literary Agency in Australia.                      [Brett's Twitter page is here.]



   "a compelling and eclectic narrative full of the unexpected" -- Nick Inman, Rough Guides





All my new and up-dated blog posts can now be found at my blog: "Standing in a Spanish Doorway."


Older blog posts below...

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A Very Brief History of Ladino Literature/ Manuel Forcano’s “Catalan Jews”


"The Sephardi Jews who settled in the Ottoman empire created a rich and varied literature in Ladino—their own dialect of Spanish written in Hebrew characters. Avner Perez traces the history of this literature and its connection to contemporary Spanish literature:


For a long time, researchers thought that literary creation in Ladino had only begun in the first third of the 18th century. Material discovered in recent years has given us a completely different picture. The intellectual elite of the exiled Jews spoke a [uniquely Jewish] dialect, but was still part of the Hispanic world and used literary Castilian in its literary creations...


Read more at eSefarad    


Manuel Forcano launched his new book last week...


"(Barcelona, 1968; philologist, poet, translator), Els jueus catalans. La història que mai no t’han explicat. [The Catalan Jews: the history they never told you], 384 pages.


The publisher’s summary:


This book gives an overview of the history of Jews in Catalonia, from the first mentioning to the current Jewish communities. When they arrived, where they settled, how they lived, who persecuted them and for which reasons, how they survived the attacks, where and how they prayed, how they organized themselves, which figures led them, what of them has survived, what they wrote and if they did so in Hebrew or Catalan – these are some of the questions that the book answers in an informative and entertaining way. During their century-long presence in Catalonia, from the Jewish communities arose geographers, grammaticians, physicians, poets, philosophers, theologians and kabbalists of enormous prestige, even today venerated in the Jewish world, but unfortunately hardly known in Catalonia.”


Read more from source, Literary Rambles blog here.


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Video: talking and listening on "Our Finest Hour" once more


This Thursday I was again a guest on Matthew Tree's English language panel discussion programme, "Our Finest Hour," on El Punt Avui TV.

Also involved were Gary Gibson, maker of the documentary
“Spain’s Secret Conflict” and speechwriter Madeline Carey.

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Spain once planned to invade Australia with an armada

[Spanish naval officer Alessandro Malaspina]

"Documents discovered in the archives of the Spanish navy reveal that Spain planned to invade the nascent British colony in Australia in the mid-1790s.

Chris Maxworthy, vice president of the Australian Association for Maritime History (AAMH), found the documents detailing a plan of attack approved by King Carlos IV to fire “hot shot” cannons, cannons that fired heated balls that could set wooden ships and buildings on fire as well as blow large holes in them, on Port Jackson, modern-day Sydney Harbour. "

Read more from the source (The History Blog) here.

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Video: Naomi Klein launches her new book in Barcelona

Canadian journalist and activist Naomi Klein this week launched presented her new book, "This Changes Everything, Capitalism vs. The Climate" at the Centro de Cultura Contemporanea de Barcelona (CCCB).

In this video (with Catalan subtitles) Klein links the idea of political independence with more a independent energy policy.

She was my first journalistic interview in 2000 at the time her excellent first book "No Logo" came out and (even over the telephone) was one of the nicest people I've ever talked to.

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